A three-day National Workshop on ‘The Localization of Sustainable Development Goals (LSDGs) in Gram Panchayats through Adopting Thematic Approach of Theme -1: ‘Poverty Free & Enhanced Livelihoods Gram Panchayats’ was held at CIAL Convention Centre, Kochi Kerala from 14-16 November 2022. Shri Kapil Mureshwar Patil, Minister of State (MoPR), Government of India inaugurated the workshop by lighting the lamp.
Shri M.B. Rajesh, Minister, Department of Local Self - Governments, Government of Kerala delivered the Keynote address. He expressed his gratitude to MoPR for giving the state of Kerala the opportunity to host the National Conference on the localization of SDG. He opinionated that it is a great opportunity for Kerala to share our experience with the delegates from other States and also it's a learning experience which is mutually beneficial. He also mentioned that this conference is having a wider agenda to discuss the possibility of localization of SDGs in 9 themes. Grama Panchayats’ discussion aims to create awareness on the National level importance of addressing the issues of marginalization. Also the discussions should focus on the inclusion and access to basic services and also social security and protection system through Grama Panchayats.
Panel Discussions were held on topics such as Addressing Marginalisation – Inclusion and Multi-Dimensional Poverty, Realizing the potential of SHGs for Income Enhancement and Community Development, The Role of Panchayats in Addressing Income Poverty, Safety Net for Social, Economic and Environmental Protection through Panchayats, Best Practices on Poverty-Free and Enhanced Livelihood GPs from the State of Kerala and The Way Forward.
Smt. Sarada G. Muraleedharan, Additional Chief Secretary Government of Kerala delivered the Welcome Address. Shri. Kapil Mureshwar Patil released the video of compendium by clicking the remote. More than 350 videos were prepared on the topic localization of SDG in various themes such as poverty free and enhanced livelihood village, healthy village, child friendly village, water sufficient village, clean and green villages, self-sufficient infrastructure, socially secured village, good governance village, engendered village etc.
Shri V. Muraleedharan, Minister of State of External Affairs, Government of India, Shri M. B. Rajesh, Minister, Department of Local Self-Government, Government of Kerala, Smt. Sarada G. Muraleedharan, Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Kerala, Shri. Nagendranath Sinha, Secretary MoRD, Government of India, Shri. Sunil Kumar, Secretary, MoPR, Government of India, Dr. Sharmila Mary Joseph, Principal Secretary, Department of Local Self-Government, Government of Kerala was present at the function.