Rural Transformation and Sustained Growth of Agriculture

Rural India suffers from poor infrastructure and inadequate amenities. Low agricultural growth perpetuates food and nutritional insecurities, which also reduces rural incomes. How can we encourage and support our villages in improving their living and livelihood conditions in innovative ways?

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What institutional mechanisms at the Gram Panchayat level would be most effective for including local stakeholders in design, operation & maintenance and monitoring of drinking water supply and sanitation projects?

Postby chanana.ak@nic.in » Thu Feb 10, 2011 12:34 pm

What institutional mechanisms at the Gram Panchayat level would be most effective for including local stakeholders in design, operation & maintenance and monitoring of drinking water supply and sanitation projects?
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Re: What institutional mechanisms at the Gram Panchayat level would be most effective for including local stakeholders in design, operation & maintenance and monitoring of drinking water supply and sanitation projects?

Postby nsddn@rediffmail.com » Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:19 am

I give below a broad framework to address such issues:


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. Further, the can act as a sentinel to provide feedback/confirm to the top level as to what actual flow of resources happened down the hierarchy & thus consequently keep a check on how much leaked due to corruption in btween.
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 team/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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