Two-Day National Workshop on PRI-CBO Convergence Universalisation Programme held Updated On 2023-07-15
A Two- Day National Workshop on PRI-CBO (Panchayati Raj Institutions-Community Based Organisations) Convergence Universalisation Programme was held at Uday Samudra Beach Hotel, Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram on 13-14 July 2023. Shri. Shailesh Kumar Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) delivered the Keynote Address via Video Conference on 13 July 2023. He spelled out the various steps taken so far in the process of PRI-CBO convergence. He said that this partnership is envisaged to empower the poor to know, to demand and to access their rights and entitlements, include the poor and the vulnerable sections of the community in the local development process and enable them to benefit from it, strengthen the local democracy, making the Grama Panchayats responsive and accountable, engender local level development and make it participatory and inclusive and strengthen gram panchayats through citizen engagement.
Shri. Sunil Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR) spoke on the 'MoPR Perspectives on PRI-CBO Convergence' via Video Conference. He said that it is extremely heartening to learn that several women leaders have risen from the ranks of SHGs, particularly Kudumbashree and are now occupying positions as elected representatives in Panchayats at all three levels and some are now even getting elected to the legislative assemblies. That is perhaps the befitting response to the PRI-CBO convergence, the process that was set in motion over the last 15-20 years and in which Kerala has gained a pioneering role. In recent times, both MoRD and MoPR have been actively promoting this convergence. He added.
He also complimented the Kudumbashree team, with the dance-drama presentation presented the journey of Kudumbashree which clearly showed that they now were active in almost all the nine themes that are now part of LSGDs, whether it is the theme of clean and green panchayat, socially just and socially secure panchayath, panchayath with gender development, child friendly panchayat, panchayath with good governance. In all these themes, Kudumbashree has shown that it has a vital role to play. He also added that he is happy to note that Kudumbashree is actively engaging with the NRLM in all the 16 to17 states participating in the workshop and is playing a key role and there is a lot that has to be learnt and that can be learnt from the Kudumbashree experience. He also added that he is happy to note that the delegates will be visiting Panchayats and see for themselves on how this convergence is coming out.
Ms. Smriti Sharan, Joint Secretary, MoRD talked about the 'Universalization of Convergence Project- Key features and strategies'. Ms. Sarada Muraleedharan, Additional Chief Secretary, Local Self Government Department, Government of Kerala spoke on 'PRI-CBO Convergence- Concept, Strategies and Experiences'. Shri. S.M. Vijayanand, Former Chief Secretary, Kerala spoke on the 'Collaboration between MoPR and MoRD in Localising SDGs'. Shri. Sajith Sukumaran, COO, Kudumbashree NRO welcomed the gathering. The Live Musical Choreograph depicting the saga of Kudumbashree, penned by Shri. Karivellur Murali, Poet and sung by Ms. Pushpavathy Poypadathu was performed by Kudumbashree NHG members.
'Convergence Chronicles', a compendium on learnings from PRI-CBO convergence initiatives was released during the function. MoU signing of Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Nagaland, Tripura and Meghalaya was also held during the function. Shri. Anil. P. Antony, Director, Kudumbashree signed the MoUs on behalf of Kudumbashree. Dr. Prasada Rao Vaddarapu, CEO, Tripura SRLM, Ms. Imtimenla, Mission Director, Nagaland SRLM, Ms. Kalyani Gupta, Deputy CEO, Himachal Pradesh SRLM, Shri Ronald Kynta, COO, Meghalaya SRLM, Ms. Krishna Baruah, State Mission Director, Assam SRLM, Ms. Usha Rani, Lead IBCB (Institution Building and Capacity Building), NRLM and Ms. Savithri, Puducherry SRLM were also present at the inaugural function.Ms. Krishna Baruah and Shri Ronald Kynta felicitated the dignitaries on the dais.
In the afternoon session, the delegates were divided into 6 groups and they made field visits to Venganoor, Balaramapuram, Kottukal, Kanjiramkulam, Pallichal and Karakulam Panchayats and visited BUDS Institutions, Anganwadi, ALMSC (Anganwadi Level Monitoring and Support Committee, Budget Hotel (Janakeeya Hotel) and Haritha Karma Sena. They also made interactions with Panchayat, CDS and line department officials regarding Structure of Panchayat and CBO, Preparation of CDS Action Plans, Evaluation Committee, Women Component Plan, Destitute Free Kerala Programme, Microplan for Extreme Poor, Citizen’s committees, Sustainable Development Goals, VPRP- GPDP integration mechanisms and integration of schemes of line departments with GPDP.
On the second day of the workshop, the Experiences from the Field Visits were shared by the Field Visit Teams in the session moderated by Ms. Kavita Maria, National Mission Manager, NMMU (National Mission Management Unit). Prior to the presentation of the field visit teams, Ms. Priya Paul, Manager, PRI-CBO Convergence, Kudumbashree NRO explained the Three-Tier Community Structure of Kudumbashree in Kerala.
According to the delegates, the field visits gave them a wholesome experience and helped them to identify the gaps in their implementation and replicate the Kerala model. According to Dr. Prasada Rao Vaddarapu, CEO, Tripura SRLM, the Grama Panchayats in Kerala acts as a 'Mini Secretariat' and it is highly impressive. He added that Kerala has made tremendous achievements and Kerala should be considered a 'Global Model'. The delegates also mentioned about the effective convergence system they experienced and how this convergence is coming out. They also mentioned how systematically Haritha Karma Sena in the state is working. They also suggested that Janakeeya Hotels and BUDS Institutions are unique models from Kerala.
Shri. Vikas Anand, Joint Secretary, MoPR talked on VPRP-GPDP (Village Poverty Reduction Plan-Grama Panchayat Development Plan) Integration: Scope of Convergence between CBOs and PRIs and Role of SIRD (State Institute of Rural Development), DoPR (Department of Panchayati Raj). Dr. Sharmila Mary Joseph, Principal Secretary, Local Government Department, Government of Kerala moderated the Panel Discussion - PRI CBO Convergence: Role of MoPR (Ministry of Panchayati Raj), DoPR (Department of Panchayati Raj), NIRD (National Institute of Rural Administration), SIRD (State Institute of Rural Development).
Ms. Usha Rani, Lead IBCB, NRLM, moderated the Panel Discussion on 'Pilot experience of PRI-CBO Convergence' of Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand and Meghalaya. Whereas, Ms. Jui Bhattacharya, National Mission Manager, NMMU moderated the State Operational Framework (SoF) Presentation of Tamil Nadu, Tripura and Himachal Pradesh.
Ms. Smriti Sharan, Joint Secretary, MoRD spoke about the Way Forward. Shri. S.M. Vijayanand, Former Chief Secretary of Kerala, Dr. Prathyusha Bhatnaik, Assistant Professor, NIRDPR, Dr. Nirmala Sanu George, Advisor, Kerala State Finance Commission, Government of Kerala were also present at the function. Dr. B. Najeeb, District Mission Co-ordinator, Kudumbashree Thiruvananthapuram District Mission delivered the vote of thanks. A Dance Programme by a group from Kurumba Tribal Community of Attappady was presented during the function.
The National Workshop was proposed on realising the need of organising a national consultative meeting with all the concerned stakeholders for the structured integration of the Panchayati Raj Institutions -Community Based Organisations interventions. The National Workshop on PRI-CBO Convergence Universalization Programme aims to address the vision of the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) for the widespread implementation of the PRI-CBO convergence model across the country.
The National Workshop brought together representatives from the Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, State Rural Livelihood Missions, National Institute of Rural Development, and State Institute of Rural Development. The workshop is serving as a platform to share experiences, insights, and best practices, and facilitate field visits to observe the tangible benefits and impact of the PRI-CBO convergence model on governance, community participation, and livelihood promotion.
The Objectives of the National Workshop include sharing the MoRD's vision for implementing the PRI-CBO convergence model across 16 states, emphasising citizen-centric governance, improved service delivery, and access to rights and entitlements, providing a platform for participants to share their experiences, challenges, successes, and lessons learnt in implementing the PRI-CBO convergence model, facilitating discussions on effective approaches, innovative practices, and solutions to common implementation hurdles, making exposure visits to understand the tangible benefits and impact of the model on governance, community participation, and livelihood promotion, engaging representatives from the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Ministry of Rural Development, State Rural Livelihood Missions, National Institute of Rural Development, and State Institute of Rural Development to foster dialogue, collaboration, and consensus-building to address challenges and develop a unified approach to universalise the PRI-CBO convergence model.
It is expected that the National Workshop on PRI-CBO Convergence Universalization Programme will yield significant outcomes that will contribute to the widespread implementation of the PRI-CBO convergence model across the states in India.