The 14th Finance Commission has created an enormous opportunity for responsive local governance at the cutting edge institutional level of the Gaon Panchayat. The huge transfer of resources to Gaon Panchayats also necessitates urgent empowerment of the Gaon Panchayat to be able to deliver their mandate in respect of delivery of basic services responsibly and efficiently. The FFC funds will be released directly to the GP. GP Development plans will have to be in place latest by November 2015.
An important factor that will determine the success of the GP development plan through participatory planning initiatives will be the quality and reach of the training that is provided. Better understanding of the subject is the key for the success of development of village development plan. Various personnel at various levels play an important role for development of village development plan. Therefore capacity building of those personnel is very crucial and need of the hour. The training that will be required to be undertaken is likely to be far more voluminous than can be absorbed by the training capacity of the SIRDs and ETCs of the State. Since large trainings have to be executed in a short while, there is need for engaging with different bodies i.e. Zilla Parishad and line departments for conduct of training. The ETC faculties, resource persons along with the Zilla Parishad, DPMUs including BRGF staff wherever applicable and line department officials and technical staff will form district level resource group for imparting training. Clear cascading modes of training with appropriate venue, timeline and pool of resource persons will be devised. A battery of resource persons on the various elements of the training would be required – it may turn out that the same persons who facilitate the plans would also double up as trainers.
a) Sensitization Workshop for State level Officers, officers of Devolved Departments.
b) Sensitization Workshop for Chair Persons and Ex Officio members of ZPs.
c) Training of Trainers (resource persons) for State and District Resource Groups.
d) Elected Representatives of PRIs at all three levels- ZP, AP and GP
e) Officials of PRIs at all three levels- ZP, AP and GP
f) NGOs, CBOs identified for each block of the State- to provide mentoring & hand- holding support.