Minister inaugurates three training centres at KILA
Poverty alleviation and livelihood promotion programmes should get priority in decentralised planning, Local Self-Government Minister Paloli Mohammed Kutty has said.
He was speaking after inaugurating training centres for ‘Poverty Reduction', ‘Natural Resource Management' and ‘Gender and Development' at the Kerala Institute of Local Administration, Mulangunnathukavu, on Thursday.
“Though Kerala has made giant strides in many sectors, the benefits of development have not reached many sections of society. Projects of the local bodies should reflect the problems at the grassroots,” he said.
He said women should be empowered to handle greater responsibilities in society.
“Though women constitute half the county's population, women power is under-exploited. Gender mainstreaming and women empowerment programmes should get more thrust,” the Minister said.
He urged the local body representatives to generate demand-driven projects to address the local issues.
Therambil Ramakrishnan, MLA, said that continual training was needed for local body leaders to modify the project proposals to suit the changing needs of the community.
“Under the people's planning, three-tier panchayat institutions have to handle more funds and responsibilities. There should be proper guidance and a systematic monitoring system to ensure credibility and transparency of functioning,” he said.
Highlighting the need for a strategy for proper and effective management of natural resources, Mr. Ramakrishnan said environment bore the brunt when people's greed exceeded their needs.
KILA Director N. Ramakanthan; State Planning Board members C.P. Narayanan and Mridul Eappan; Mayor I.P. Paul; and KILA Deputy Director P.V. Sunny attended the function.