NCW inks MoU to empower women in Panchayats
National Commission for Women (NCW) and National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRD&PR) on Wednesday announced collaboration to impart training to women Panchayat Pradhans and women members of the Panchayats as an effort to skill them in governance.
An MoU was signed in this regard as part of launch of foundation activities of NIRD&PR here which will focus on establishing partnership to take up activities for empowerment of women and training the elected women representatives of panchayats in particular. The first phase of training will begin in six districts of Rajasthan covering over 9,000 women elected representatives followed by Jharkhand and Assam, NCW Chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam said.
The training to them covers academics of governance such as administration, conducting meetings, using Information Technology tools, understanding legal procedures and laws, she said. “While working with women in general and specially women from rural regions, we realised that they are not part of the decision making process. What we found that most Panchayat leaders
don’t understand administration like accounting, reporting, liaison with various government offices, how to conduct meetings, understanding the laws etc... hence, it is very difficult for them to participate in decision making,” she said.