“Women should be given the authority to make village development plans. Many issues will be resolved if we give them the freedom of decision making.”
State Executive President,
Model village concept and project
Women have a totally different and better perspective about development of villages. They consider a range of issues including de-addiction, health, cleanliness and hygiene and water. Several women sarpanches have proven their mettle in bringing overall development in their localities. Hence, it is necessary to consider women’s participation at the time of planning the next five years of development.
A handsome budgetary allotment is going to be alloted to the villages under the 14th Niti Ayog and this will enable overall development of villages and gram panchayat.
FOCUS ON HEALTH, EDUCATION
While making plans for the forthcoming five years, the government must consider health and education of women below the poverty line. There must be improved medical facilities provided in the nearby vicinity, specially for women. Productive steps must be taken to address the health issues of adolescent girls. With education increasingly becoming an expensive affair, there must be efforts to provide quality education provided in government-run schools and colleges. Guidance and facilities must also be provided to young school girls to develop extra curricular activities and sports. To achieve this, there must be development of both necessary infrastructural facilities and right attitudes benefiting the girls to the optimum. It is still not conducive for girls to adorn track pants and T-shirts at the time of playing sports in many villages, which must change.
At the time of surveying the houses, issues like encroachments must be fast resolved. Land dealings involving improper property-related documents must be amicably resolved.
COMMITTEE TO ADDRESS WOMEN’S SECURITY ISSUES
To make women feel safe in villages, there must be an all-women committee formed in all villages. This women force can then unite over addressing woes related to water, farming, health, security, etc. With water scarcity becoming a serious problem, newer crop patterns like eight-month farming must be adopted. Power and payment of approximate amounts of money against the bill must come to an end.
END TO READY MADE SCHEMES
Gram Sabha being an excellent form to implement development schemes, the next five year plan must include the same. This will also put an end to the ready-made structure, where no funds are in reality utilised for groundwork. Maximum participation from people, including women, through Gram Sabha can bring about substantial change at the grass roots. A woman gram panchayat must be co-ordinated by a woman Gram Sevak for effective work. Gram Sevaks must also be trained to keep a track record of the works undertaken in the village. The optimum use of women power must be the ultimate backbone of any development.
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