Meghalaya Gram Sevaks & Sevikas pledge to transform State’s Rural Development sector

Tura, July 28: In a one-day transformation workshop, well-nigh 200 Gram Sevaks and Sevikas from the Garo Hills region of Meghalaya participated and pledged to transform the rural minutiae sector of the State.

On the request of the All Garo Hills Gram Sevak and Sevika’s Undertone (AGHGSA), the Polity and Rural Minutiae Department, Government of Meghalaya in collaboration with State Institute of Rural Minutiae (SIRD), Meghalaya State Capability Enhancement Project (SCEP) and AGHGSA, on Wednesday, conducted the first overly one-day workshop on Transformation for Gram Sevak and Sevikas of Garo Hills region, at Asananggre under Rongram Polity and Rural Minutiae Block, West Garo Hills district.

Also, this is for the first time that such workshop was conducted, setting an example to transform the minutiae process by taking due ownership and responsibility of the transformation process and by prioritising their purpose.

Similar workshops are moreover scheduled to be held in Khasi and Jaintia Hills regions of the State soon.

During the workshop, all Gram Sevak and Sevikas moreover signed an undertaking, reaffirming their role in rural development. Group discussions were conducted to facilitate thought-sharing, and to hear the Gram Sevaks’/Sevikas’ perspectives well-nigh their role, challenges and long-term expectations. An online survey was moreover conducted during the workshop, to understand the current role and responsibilities of the Gram Sevaks/Sevikas and enable the respective departments to prepare a roadmap to strengthen the Gram Sevak/Sevika institution.


Addressing the gathering of Gram Sevak and Sevikas, the Principal Secretary, C&RD Department, Sampath Kumar, IAS expressed his appreciation for the initiative of the All Garo Hills Gram Sevak and Sevika’s Undertone in suggesting to self-mastery a topics towers workshop for bringing transpiration in their work and service wordage mechanism for the people of the region.

He said, “This is the first government employees’ undertone which has urged for topics towers training & workshops for bringing well-nigh transformation in the minutiae sector”. He stated that the Gram Sevaks/Sevikas are one of the most trusted institutions at the grassroots level, where they represent the State and its intent at the village level.

He reiterated the vision of Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma on the importance of strengthening the Gram Sevak and Sevika as an institution for a bottom-up minutiae approach. The Principal Secretary widow that Gram Sevak/Sevika is an ‘institution’, and not merely a position, and the need for towers and strengthening this institution is something that the State has realized, and through this workshop, is taking steps towards realising the same. This is stuff washed-up by providing good leadership in the Gram Sevak/Sevika institution in order to build trust among the people. This will help to build a strong connective tissue between the citizens and the Government. He emphasised that the Gram Sevaks/Sevikas is a crucial institution that can build trust in the public for the State administration, which is crucial for development.

The role of Gram Sevaks/Sevikas, as an institution, in improving multidimensional poverty in Meghalaya was emphasised in the workshop. Their tropical proximity with communities can help to identify and write the root causes of poverty, such as lack of wangle to education, healthcare, and employment opportunities. The Gram Sevaks’/Sevikas’ role in towers topics within communities, so that they can take ownership of their own minutiae was highlighted. The Principal Secretary emphasised that by working together, Gram Sevaks/Sevikas and communities can make a real difference in the fight versus multidimensional poverty in Meghalaya.

He moreover stated that in order to uplift the women groups of the State, mobilisation of women groups in the region have started and well-nigh 45,000 women-led Self Help Groups (SHGs) have been worked during the last five years, and that most of the women in rural households are members of these SHGs and they are moreover unfluctuating financially with revolving funds for merchantry undertakings. He stated that in the next 5 years, the State aims to strengthen the Gram Sevaks’/Sevikas’ institution through resulting efforts, taking forward the marrow up movement to towers the State’s Capability, withal with the respective departments, the Minutiae Commissioner’s Office and the ongoing State Capability Enhancement Project (SCEP).

In her opening remarks, Director, SIRD, Shillong, Sanme R Marak highlighted the roles and responsibilities of Gram Sevak and Sevikas and said that they are the windrow of the polity welfare and minutiae at the village level, subtracting that their determination and dedication can uplift the economic conditions of the people of the village and plane eradicate poverty at unrepealable levels.

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