Awareness on Gram Panchayat meets begins

‘Grama Sabhe Janajagruti Karyakrama- 2012,’ a week long awareness programme on Grama Sabha, organised by Janashikshana Trust and The Hunger Project in association with Apna Desh Association, Panchayat Raj institutions, Sugrama Sangha and Chittara Balaga, Mangalore, was inaugurated at Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat complex premises in Mangalore on Thursday.

Speaking after unveiling charts of the programme, Zilla Panchayat President K T Shailaja Bhat opined that the empowerment of women is important for the development of villages. “Creative participation of residents in Gram Sabha helps to finalise the list of beneficiaries for pension fund and fund for physically challenged in village-level.

The process of providing government facilities to rural people becomes easy,” she added. Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer Dr K N Vijayprakash unveiled the pamphlets about the awareness programme. He opined that the awareness programme is relevant, as Gram Sabhas are getting poor response. 

About programme

Krishna Moolya of Jana Shikshana Trust said that the awareness programme is orgnised at Balepuni, Manchi, Ira, Kadeshwalya, Balthila and Amtadi Gram Panchayats on experimental basis. “The programme will be lead by Sugrama elected gram panchayat women members. They will speak on the importance of the grama sabha. Awareness
programme will be held in schools and in different parts of the villages,” he added.

Jana Shikshana Trust Director Sheena Shetty, District Welfare Officer Arun Furtado, Presidents of different Gram Sabhas and various association members were present.

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