The All India Radio, in association with the Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA), has begun a programme ‘Veetumuttathoru Sarkar' (government on the doorstep) to educate people about the democratic decentralisation process.

The programme, which will be broadcast on Saturdays at 9.30 a.m., will throw light on the successful development models of various local bodies in the State. The series, consisting of 14 parts, began on November 5 with the introductory speech by KILA Director P.P. Balan. Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Kozhikode, and Kannur centres of the All India Radio prepared the series.

Training trainers

Meanwhile, KILA has started training the ‘master trainers' in connection with its mass awareness programme for 38 lakh members of the gram sabhas and wards. The mammoth exercise, first of its kind in the country, is aimed at creating awareness among people about the power and rights of gram sabhas in the Panchayati Raj system, according to KILA sources. Every voter, who has enrolled his name in the voter's list, is a member of gram sabha.

The awareness programme will cover 19,255 wards across the State. Training will begin on December 1. About two lakh trainers, 10 members from each ward, have been selected as ‘master trainers.' The topics for training and the handbooks are being prepared, according to KILA sources.