2nd & 3rd May 2015, Training programme for the Panchayati Raj Institution (PRI) members was organised in Jain Mandir of Bokakhat for the project called “Developing Model GPs on Children and Women.” in collaboration with UNICEF.
Day – I (2nd May 2015)
The programme started with the Welcome Adress of Mr. Tasaduk Ariful Hussain, Chairperson of NEST. He expressed his sincere gratitude to all the participants for making their time to participate in this programme from their daily schedule. Mr. Hussain welcoming all the participants and Resource persons introduced himself.
NEST Project Manager, Mr. Ghanashyam Ozah welcoming all the participants and presented the background to the NEST and the various initiatives undertaken in the region for more than a decade. He emphasised the importance of the meeting and briefed the objective of the meeting to the PRI members.
Mr. Hussain facilitate the next session with a song documentation composed by Hyder Hassan after the partition of India and bangladesh depicting the equality and equity in the present scenario where one still seek for independence.
Immediately after this, the session was opened for all the participants to initiate a milieu of Self Introduction followed by an ice breaking exercise. A reporting committee was also formed within the participants for taking care of the reports and the proceedings of the workshop.
The session here paused for a Tea Break
The next session started with the basics of Panchayati Raj System and 73rd Constitutional Amendment. The historical background of the Panchayati Raj as to how it came into existence and of the 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act and their four tier government in Centre, State, District and Village level respectively were highlighted. It was further discussed of the remarkable changes where various issues included in the System such as democratic decentralization, mandatory reservation for weaker sections, bottom up planning, top down accountability, devolution of 11th schedule with 3Fs (Fund, Function and Functionaries) etc were highlighted.
Mr. Hussain uphold the main theme of the project “Strengthening of the Panchayati Raj Institutions of Assam to uphold the issue of women and children in diverse socio-political environment” and discussed of the project where six panchayats have been selected from different diversity and to create this panchayat as a Model Panchayat. Mr. Hussain seeks for cooperation from all the elected representatives present to make this a success so that we can create a model not only in Assam rather nationally acceptable. Further Mr Hussain briefed all the participants regarding the theme of intervention i.e., Health, Education, Nutrition, Water, Hygiene and Sanitation and Child Protection.
The session was further followed by Mrs. Minoti Devi, Resource Person from the CDPO office where she briefed of the ICDS (Integrated Child Development Scheme) and of the beneficiaries under the scheme i.e., Women, Children and the Adolescent girls. The main focus during the discussion was of the pregnant lady and of the adolescent girls as they need proper awareness and guidance while preparing towards motherhood. Mrs Devi mentioned of the ANC camps and immunisation tent which is conducted every Wednesday and of the ECG camps on 19th of every month for the pregnant and lactating mothers. She further mentioned of the different camps organised for the malnourished children where the awareness is been given as to what and how much a malnourished child be feed which is again followed up. Mrs Devi further emphasised that to eliminate all these problems is a challenge and for which strong will and cooperation is the key.
Mrs. Juri Das responded to Ms. Devi and depicted scenario, the pregnant lady faces due to lack of awareness. As in some cases they remain unaware of the treatment, care and protection, no rest after the delivery as she goes to field for work in no time so on. She also mentioned of the poor infrastructure of the Anganwadi kitchen and lack of water facilities as she criticised unhygienic conditions of the Anganwadi centres and also strongly criticised the Anganwadi supervisors for not cooperating and attending Gaon Sabha.
Mr. Hussain handled the situation as we all makes mistakes and we must identify and solve the problem. He held that “Mothers health and education top most priority.” First educate the mothers then only their child will became educate and then the society.
The session was further followed by Barman Teeong, Block Mission Coordinator from SSA where he focuses on the importance of children education. He holds that only bookish knowledge is not enough mentioning that only 10% learning comes through reading and 15% comes from writing. But other 25% comes through competition, only this will lead to development in the field of education.
The session here paused for a Lunch Break.
The session again started with the recap of the previous discussion about Anganwadi centres followed with an exercise where the participants were divided into five groups and given an activity in each group to list out issues in the theme of intervention, the causes and what could be done as a PRI member to solve those problems. The all groups prepared about their topics and presented on it.
The session ends with an evaluation with all the NEST team.
Day II (3rd May 2015)
The programme started with prayer song and followed by documentary video on Human Rights. The Chairperson of NEST presented the background of 73rd amendment and key responsibility of the PRI members. this was followed with some feedbacks from the participants as they mentioned that the Zila Parishad does not the proper utilisation of the schemes and 3F system. They also mentioned of the District Planning Committee which is not functioning properly.
The session further followed by a NRHM Representative, ASHA Supervisor Mrs. Rita Hazarika. He described about stake of PRI in NRHM scheme.
She proposed that every month Anganwadi Supervisor, ASHA supervisor and the PRI members should sit for a meeting together and a discussion should take place regarding all the problems faced.
Mr. Hussain further discussed of the defunctioning of the weight machine which should be a matter of concern and requested the PRI members to cooperate with the field workers for data collection and also give all the information which will help to take action. Mr. Hussain further mentioned that NEST will write an application to the BPM seeking the list of workers for the ASHA workers and also take a hand book for ASHA worker, Anganwadi worker and ANM to know the works and responsibility of all which was highly appreciated by the participants.
The session here paused for a Lunch Break.
With the feedback of the programme the session was concluded.
Thus the training proved to be a success as participants gather knowledge not only of the project but also in-depth knowledge of the different issues related to the areas of concern. The programme was participatory and interactive as it enlightened every individuals present in the meeting.