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What mechanisms would you suggest to enable the flow of information from people to planning processes in order to make the latter reflective of people’s rights and demands?

Postby chanana.ak@nic.in » Tue Feb 08, 2011 1:02 pm

What mechanisms would you suggest to enable the flow of information from people to planning processes in order to make the latter reflective of people’s rights and demands?
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Re: What mechanisms would you suggest to enable the flow of information from people to planning processes in order to make the latter reflective of people’s rights and demands?

Postby nsddn@rediffmail.com » Thu Feb 10, 2011 12:00 pm

I give below a broad framework for the rural areas:


1. Identify a group of villages & organize them into clusters.

2. Create a target group of youths in each of these cluster of villages i.e sort of team with representation from the villages belonging to that cluster. Right choice of such youths is a critical success factor of any scheme. Those youths that are educated & have a passion for the upliftment of their villages should be involved. These teams would be more open to new technology & ways and also help passing on the information with enthusiasm to others in the villages. Also , they can potray a more realistic picture of ground realities & challenges. They can also act as a funnel to tap the traditional age-long wisdom from villagers for some of the challenges.
The normal existing governmental administrative setup is either marred by the red-tapism or not enthusiastic about ground level implementation & thus most of the schemes become ineffective.

3. Identify an area of challenge & technological answer to it.

4. Decide on the measurement tools/techniques to monitor progress .

5. Involve this group in generation & dissemination of technology down to ground level.

6. Monitor from time to time with periodical review to assess effcetiveness & refinement(if desired)
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Re: What mechanisms would you suggest to enable the flow of information from people to planning processes in order to make the latter reflective of people’s rights and demands?

Postby sandeepshankarm@gmail.com » Thu Feb 10, 2011 2:16 pm

One of the greatest challenges that we face is dissemination of information to translate the benefits on paper to the farm worker in the most remote villages of our country. And the reverse is also equally challenging. IMO engaging with NGO's, civil society groups, philanthrophists etc would help us reach only of 10% of our goal. On the other hand it is quite difficult for the central planning authority to be cognizent of all local issues. Hence there arises the need for monitoring the proper functioning of the local town planning or village planning committee's if its already present or setting up these committes within a time frame in a transparent manner and create a better synergy b/w the two so that the latter can appraise the former on a regular basis by using technologies like video conferencing atc.

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Re: What mechanisms would you suggest to enable the flow of information from people to planning processes in order to make the latter reflective of people’s rights and demands?

Postby lalji.lkv2007@gmail.com » Fri Feb 11, 2011 5:13 pm

One way may be to organise workshops in all states and UT where an open house discussion on each topic may be encouraged.

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Re: What mechanisms would you suggest to enable the flow of information from people to planning processes in order to make the latter reflective of people’s rights and demands?

Postby spha99@yahoo.com » Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:01 pm

Dear Friends,

One check dam was built in one of the village in Haryana, and it was in broken stage during our visits (when I was working with an NGO for watershed development).

In the initial few visits, the villagers were blaming to the government for the poor construction quality. but after few more visits it is found that the check dam was broken by few villagers of nearby village, because their land became waterlogged due to the check dam and it was a direct threat to their livelihood.

So the check dam was built and broken because it was built on the basis of half research. So I feel our policy makers should meet people on very regular basis and assess the situation before making policies.

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Re: What mechanisms would you suggest to enable the flow of information from people to planning processes in order to make the latter reflective of people’s rights and demands?

Postby nidhng@gmail.com » Sun Feb 13, 2011 1:45 pm

Each state shall have representatives from normal people, and not ministers.
Selection process must be laid down very clearly and must ensure that selected people have apt knowledge of current issues, enough knowledge to syggest solutions, and capability of reaching out to people and listening to thier thoughts. There should be no rigidity in terms of education background, financial status, gender, caste , creed etc.

This group must be invited for Qtrly status updates at central level and decisions / plans being made at central level to be communicated to them <this grp will act as messengers for thier respective states>, and in tun listen to feedback collated by this group and taking necessary actions.
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Postby koshyninan@gmail.com » Mon Feb 28, 2011 2:02 pm

There should be some feedback mechanism to monitor the development in every area. A voluntarily group of experts can form the scrutinizing body to oversee the developmental activities in every local body area
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Re: What mechanisms would you suggest to enable the flow of information from people to planning processes in order to make the latter reflective of people’s rights and demands?

Postby sss@sdlindia.com » Tue Mar 22, 2011 6:28 am

As suggested elsewhere, during visits to village groups, two-way flow of information should be established. The villagers can share their problems and expectations which can be considered for planning.
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Re: What mechanisms would you suggest to enable the flow of information from people to planning processes in order to make the latter reflective of people’s rights and demands?

Postby info@fairweld.com » Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:44 am

In adition to the present system through which we are writing this, I want to propose a lecture/ chapter in the curriculam of high school to enable the students/people to be a part to the planning process.

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Re: What mechanisms would you suggest to enable the flow of information from people to planning processes in order to make the latter reflective of people’s rights and demands?

Postby manojpandeyindia@yahoo.co.uk » Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:25 am

Pl see my article on communication and development in Yojana [August 2011]. I posted an item here too but it got lost, don't know how.
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Basically, what I am suggesting is that one basic requirement for people's making the best use of facilities and amenities for them is to not only inform them but engage them. Have linkages between communication and delivery systems. Empower people to take informed decisions. Encourage them to own up the schemes and use the resources for their own and community good.
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A disjointed effort, mostly relying on modern tech, statistics and classroom management principles will not make people partners. The more stringent report seeking we do - with the notion that we are monitoring the schemes well - the more dehumanised the implementation would be. If we fail to take care of the human and participation angles in the next plan too, the huge slippages that we have been seeing so far will continue to happen. A well-planned and executed communication strategy may help in a big way in better connecting the people with the schemes.

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