Government of Karnataka Partnership
Area of coverage
- 30 Gram Panchayats in Mulbagal taluka, Kolar district, Karnataka
What we Plan to do & Expected Outcomes
Following the Gram Panchayat elections in Karnataka in June 2015, Avantika Foundation has been working with 30 Gram Panchayats in Mulbagal block to strengthen their organisation capacity in a systematically phased manner. The project is aimed at achieving improved functioning of the Gram Panchayat as a local self-government as reflected by clarity of the Gram Panchayat structure and roles of Adhyaksha, strengthening of the Standing Committees, performance of key functions-general meetings, ward and gram sabhas, streamlined relationships with line departments, parallel bodies and Gram Panchayat staff.
In Phase I: Gram Panchayats will articulate their Vision and Mission for the development of their villages followed by a process mapping of key Gram Panchayat functions such as water and sanitation, health and streetlights. An organisational structure will also be put into place to ensure that Gram Panchayat members take individual ownership and are aligned with functions as well as Gram Panchayat staff.
In Phase II: Gram Panchayats will be expected to function in a more systematic way with tangible improvements such as following a clear annual plan and budget that is tracked through a MIS or more systematic revenue generation.
In Phase III: Gram Panchayats should begin to show marked improvements in the delivery of basic services, such as drinking water supply, public distribution system, or sanitation.
By Phase IV: the above work should have resulted in a much required cycle of continuous improvement in the Gram Panchayat's organisation functioning. These are expected to take place both because of internal reviews as well as consistency in governance structures across all 30 panchayats, thus allowing for peer learning, better opportunities for large scale capacity building efforts and sound testing ground for new policies.
The project also has the following objectives:
- To leverage skills and facilities of the Abdul Nazir Sab State Instittue of Rural Development to develop a training curriculum for strengthening the Gram Panchayat organization and replicating it in other Gram Panchayats of Karnataka.
- To gain a better understanding of government systems such as Panchatantra, Panchamitra etc. to provide inputs for tailoring them to the needs of the Gram Panchayat.
- To strengthen citizen engagement, by leveraging existing provisions including social audits as per the Karnataka Panchayath Raj (Conduct of Panchayath Jamabandhi) Rules, 2004.
- To develop recommendations for better interface between Gram Panchayats and Taluka Panchayats.
The project has instituted a state-level Steering Commitee under the chairmanship of the Additional Chief Secretary, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj with the director, Panchayti Raj 2 as the coordinator of the project. Joint Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Ms Shardha Murlidharan is also part of this oversight body.
The committee will provide thought leadership to the project, and facilitate its smooth implementation by providing approvals for appropriate technical, financial and manpower resourcing. It will also guide different departments to work in coordination with each other towards the goals of the project.
Members of the Steering Committee
- Additional Chief Secretary
- Ms Shardha Murlidharan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj
- Mr Baderiya, Secretary, RDPR
- Mr. Yellakigowda, Director, Panchayati Raj-I
- Director, Panchayati Raj-II
- Mr. N M Palani, CEO-Kolar Zilla Panchayat
- Mr. Shiv Shankar, Director-SIRD
- Commissioner NREGA
- Mission director NRLM
- Representatives of Avantika Foundation
The RD & PR is the key agency in the scale up of the GPOD in Mulbagal taluka, Kolar district and the implementation of the project. It plays a crucial role in the formulation of the state-level steering committee, the district-level Project Management Cell and a meeting of the former every quarter to review the progress of the GPOD project. It also plays a pivotal role in facilitating the reporting and fund flows between the government of India and the Zilla Panchayat of Kolar. It will also involve active participation of the Abdul Nasir Sab State Institute for Rural Development