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B'lore: Workshop underscores need for empowering PR bodies


From Our Special Correspondent
Daijiworld Media Network - Bangalore

Bangalore, Mar 1: A State-level workshop on empowering panchayat raj institutions in Karnataka and special gram shabhas for women has emphasizes the need for strengthening panchayat raj bodies.
 
The workshop was organized by Karnataka Regional Organization for Social Service, Bangalore, and Janavikasa, Karnataka in collaboration with Caritas India.

Bangalore Archbishop Dr Bernard Moras, who presided over the inaugural session, exhorted NGOs and Officials to work selflessly for the development of the villages.

The Archbishop also said it was the duty of all people to strive for rooting out corruption in public life and said if people do not encourage corruption we can see a change in our society.

The 73rd Constitutional Amendment to decentralize power came into effect two decades back and now the time has come to review, brainstorm and find ways and means to strengthen the Panchayatraj institutions said  Venkatrao Ghorpade while speaking at the convention.

He advocated steps like women’s special gram sabha, gender budget and gender planning and said 20% of the state budget should be earmarked for empowerment of Panchayat raj institutions and for creating a special cadre for local self governance. 

Janavikasa Presiddent Wilfred D’souza said Karnataka is the first state in India to implement Panchayatraj system and is model to other states. 

The Panchayat Raj Act brought freedom to the local institutions in programmes, staff and fund transfers, he said recalling the contribution of late Abdul Nazir Sab to the Panchayat Raj system.

Former minister J  Alexander released a book on Panchayat Raj system and wished that the work undertaken by KROSS bears fruit.

Ivan Nigli, former MLA, urged the NGOs to work for strengthening the Panchayat Raj system.

Fr Fredric D’souza, President Caritas India, Jimmy Mathew, State Officer of Caritas India,  Shivanand Tagdur, Vice President Media Association in Karnataka and Dr Rita Noronha, Social Activist, were the other special invitees.

Fr Peter Brank, Director, KROSS welcomed the gathering and Fr Veeresh Moras. Director of SMSSS conducted the deliberations and Raja Hunsur, Janavikasa, proposed a vote of thanks.


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  • Varghese G.M., Belthangady/Bangalore

    Tue, Mar 4 2014

    Congrats to KROSS, its partners and collaborators for the wonderful workshop underscoring the need for empowering PR Institutions.

    Decentralization of power should be exercised and enjoyed by those who are neglected and their voice needs to be heard. Hope that the persons at the helm oif affairs reflect and act so that the benefits accrue to the needy.

    Varghese G.M.
    Belthangady/Bangalore

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  • Varghese G.M., Belthangady/Bangalore

    Tue, Mar 4 2014

    Congrats to KROSS, its partners and collaborators for the wonderful workshop underscoring the need for empowering PR Institutions.

    Decentralization of power should be exercised and enjoyed by those who are neglected and their voice needs to be heard. Hope that the persons at the helm of affairs reflect and act so that the benefits accrue to the needy.

    Varghese G.M.
    Belthangady/Bangalore

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  • Clement fernandes, Sunkeri/Bangalore

    Mon, Mar 3 2014

    Hats Off to Rev. Fr. Peter Brank, Director, KROSS and his team for conducting the State Level Workshop on Panchayatraj. Hope the suggestions that came out during the workshop are enforced by the Government of Karnataka so that the dream of Mahatma Gandhi realises better late than never.

    Clement Fernandes
    Sunkeri/Bangalore

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  • Joyce Pereira, Bangalore

    Mon, Mar 3 2014

    Congratulations KROSS for organizing such a wonderful workshop. This is the need of the hour. When the whole country is planning for elections, decentralization of powers is the main key for development. All the best for future endeavors.

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  • Jacintha Martis, BMSSS-Bangalore

    Sat, Mar 1 2014

    Congrats to KROSS and its partners for conducting such a excellent workshop on Panchayat Raj.

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  • Richard Martis, KROSS Office, Bangalore

    Sat, Mar 1 2014

    Congrats to Rev.Fr.Peter Brank, Director of KROSS, KROSS team (Sr.Nancy Lobo, Mrs.Noella,Mr.Clement,Mr.Varghese,Mr.Chris, Mrs.Joyce,Mrs.Pritum,Mr.Narayan Swamy,Mr.Robert, Sr.Lucia,Mr.Ivan, Mr.Leslie, Mrs.Helen,Mr.Rayappa, Mr.Harshith, Mr.Deepu, Mr.Soma, Mr.Manju),KROSS Partners and Caritas India for conducting a excellent Workshop on "Empowering of Panchayat Raj in Karnataka". Thanks to Daijiworld for detailed News and beautiful photos

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  • Alwin Lobo, Bangalore

    Sat, Mar 1 2014

    This very nice to see such programs are being conducted. These would empower the common man to be a administrator at the shop level. And would stop the domination and discrimination of the bureaucracy.
    Thanks to KROSS, Karitas India and Jana vikas, for conducting such programs..

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  • Connie Alva, Karwar/Bangalore

    Sat, Mar 1 2014

    KROSS Bangalore, Caritas India, Janavikasa Karnataka needs the congratulations of the entire state of Karnataka as they have touched the root of the problem of the Panchayath Raj System. It is a need now that all like minded NGOs come together and influence the government to bring in certain changes in the Panchayath Raj Act. to bring this in to effect, decentralization is a must and the power should rest at the village level itself so that the village and the Grama Panchayath can influence the government for development of their villages. The budget provision also should be gender friendly and the need of women's Grama Sabha should be addressed.
    Connie and Clement Fernandes, Karwar

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  • Sandeep, Bangalore

    Sat, Mar 1 2014

    Excellent workshop on empowering of Panchayat Raj institutions in Karnataka and special grama sabhas for women.Thanks to KROSS,Janavikas and Caritas for organizing this workshop and emphasizing the need for strengthening Panchayat Raj bodies.

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  • Peter, Bangalore, Arehally

    Sat, Mar 1 2014

    It is absolutely necessary that decentralization of powers to be given to the people in the true sense where people decide about their own rights and entitlements at their level at the grass roots. It should be a bottom up approach and not a top down approach in the development of the villages. The soul of India is in the Villages !!
    Congrats to KROSS and all its Partners for a timely reflection on such a issue when the State Govt. Of Karnataka has formed a committee to look into PRIs and suggest recommendations. Hope the Committee takes into account such recommendations and suggestions.

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  • Nancy, Magundi

    Tue, Mar 4 2014

    Congrats to Caritas India, KROSS and Janavikasa, for organizing such a workshop just before the General elections to make people think. Mr. Gorpade's suggestions - gender budgeting and gender planning are really commendable. Hope to see them in reality soon.

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