Nation-wide training programme launched for Elected Women Representatives of Panchayats
The National Commission for Women of the WCD Ministry in collaboration with TISS developed the module.
The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development in collaboration with the Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj on 17 April 2017 launched a comprehensive module for capacity building of Elected Women Representatives (EWRs) of Panchayats.
In addition, a training program for trainers of women panchayat leaders across the country was also launched. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Union Minister of Women & Child Development, launched the program at Ranchi, Jharkhand through a video conference.
Key highlights of the training programme
• The National Commission for Women of the WCD Ministry in collaboration with TISS developed the module.
• The module includes training guidelines, timeline, implementation guidelines, training schedules and monitoring and evaluation.
• The training will include group discussions, brainstorming lectures, demonstrations, field visits, case studies, games, exercise, role play, small workshops and individual assignments.
• The module also discusses various topics like ‘What is an ideal Panchayat’, composition of the Gram Panchayat, development schemes and programmes, resources of panchayats and their utilization, laws for protection of the vulnerable sections among others.
• The training program aims to empower EWRs of panchayats by upgrading their capacity, capability and skill in governance and administration of villages.
• The training program will be closely monitored to ensure proper learning by the sarpanches and EWRs.
• In the first phase of the programme, 40 master trainers of Jharkhand will be trained at the State Institute of Rural Development in Ranchi.
• In the second phase of the programme, around 3000 EWRs will be trained by the master trainers in the three districts of Simdega, Pakur and Chatra of Jharkhand.
• Similar training programs will be organised in different states throughout India with the help of National Institute of Rural Development, State Institutes of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Departments of the States.
How the training programme will help the EWRs?
The EWRs will be trained in order to ensure that they take up the responsibility of all the tasks entrusted upon them on being elected. The programme will also lead to the empowerment of women sarpanches for the overall development of their villages and the country.