New Delhi: In a bid to develop the villages, the government on Monday launched a training programme for women panchayat leaders. To ensure better governance, administration and efficient usage of funds, imparting the right skills is quintessential, and that’s the vision behind the programme.
During a video conference at the launch, Union Ministers Maneka Gandhi and Narendra Singh Tomar advised the women leaders in Jharkhand to take keen interest in the government schemes and learn to spend the allocated budget efficiently. This, they said, would cut back their dependence on male representatives to run the panchayat.
Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi urged the women leaders to focus on the education of women and also get an idea on how sanitation infrastructure and houses are build. She encouraged them to use cashless modes of payment, Bhim app, and also use Whatsapp groups to discuss and share their experiences/best practices and achievements to empower each other.
“You should be aware of how many girls in area under your respective panchyats are attending school and try to figure out why girl students are dropping out and look for a solution,” Ms Gandhi was quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust of India.
She also asked them to ensure that there is no trafficking of women.
The aim of the training programme is to build the confidence of women representatives in dealing with the daily functioning of the panchayats and make them aware of the laws and rights of women under the Constitution of India.
Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Panchayati Raj, Rural Development and Drinking Water and Sanitation, said the women panchayat leaders can play an important role in addressing the problem of malnutrition in rural areas and said that he was optimistic about them ensuring vaccination for every child.
The training modules for empowering these elected women have been developed by the National Commission for Women with the help of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
They leaders will get training from the experts from the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj in Hyderabad.
(With inputs from Press Trust Of India)