The National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR) , Rajendranagar Hyderabad has organised one day national level workshop on 13th Sep 2021 , for the State Nodal officers (SNOs) on People’s Plan Campaign (PPC) 2021 for formulation of a comprehensive Gram Panchayat Development Plans (GPDP), Block Panchayat Development Plans (BPDP) and District Panchayat Development Plans (DPDP), by all three tiers of Panchayats across the country from 2nd October 2021 to 31st January 2022.
Under Article 243G of Constitution, Panchayats have been mandated for preparation and implementation of plans for economic development and social justice. Thus, Panchayats have a significant role to play in the effective and efficient implementation of flagship schemes/programmes on subjects of national importance for transforming rural India. Planning is a systematic way of viewing problems and developing short and long term solutions. It is also a decision making tool. With this aim, the MoPR has rolled out PPC 2021 as ‘Sabki Yojna Sabka Vikas’.
The PPC 2021 help the Panchayats in preparation of convergent and holistic plans through identification of sectoral infrastructural gaps in respective areas. The approval of GPDP, BPDP and DPDP for the year 2022-23, well in advance, will provide the Panchayats one full year for implementation and effective monitoring of works. The Panchayats will, thus, be in full readiness for effective utilization of the 15th Finance Commission Grants and other resources available at their disposal.
The Director General NIRDPR while welcoming the gathering has informed that this year’s PPC will focus on quality of Planning, localizing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and integrating the Village Poverty Reduction Plan (VPRP) with GPDP.
Dr C S Kumar, Additional Secretary observed that this yeas planning will be evidence based, harnessing the knowledge gained from data and information and using it to optimize the planning process. Panchayats with a direct mandate from citizens, have a responsibility to contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals. To deliver on SDGs the Panchayats will work together with line departments, community based organizations and local institutions. The localized SDG targets and indicators guide the Panchayats in formulation of GPDP and monitor its implementation.
During this campaign the Self Help Groups (SHGs) and their Village Organizations (VOs) will also prepare VPRP through the support of trained community resource persons, in all intensive Gram Panchayats across all the blocks and districts .The VPRP will be integrated with GPDP. This will enable better convergence between the PR and RD departments at the central and state levels to achieve effective planning and implementation of the GPDP.
Secretary Panchayati Raj, highlighted that the campaign is being undertaken on a large scale, given the number of Gram Panchayats in the country. Special efforts will be made to ensure maximum participation of vulnerable sections of society like SC/ST/Women etc in the planning process. The structured Gram Sabha meetings will be held from 2nd October onward with physical presence and presentation by frontline workers/supervisors on 29 sectors. Emphasize will be there on subjects such as drinking water sanitation ,education, health, nutrition and skill training etc.