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Sevagrams to strengthen decentralisation

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: Sevagram Gramakendras, described as the ‘headquarters of grama sabhas’, aimed at strengthening decentralisation visualised under the panchayat raj Act, is expected to be established across the more than 16,000 wards in 941 panchayats in the State within a year.

“Sevagrams will take panchayat raj to the grassroots level,” said an official of the Department of Local Self Government about the programme to establish an office for the mandatory grama sabhas in every ward.

Providing a space for members of grama sabhas to get together to draw up plans for their wards and put together follow-up action will further strengthen the democratic process, says the guidelines issued by the Department recently.

The sevagrams will be service delivery centres, too. “Sevagrams will take services to the doorstep of the people,” said J.B. Rajan, assistant professor of planning and management at Kerala Institute of Local Administration in Thrissur.

He said that sevagrams would be effective and help strengthen service delivery in a big way.

Heads of all local self-government institutions and bureaucrats involved in these institutions have been trained to implement the sevagram concept in its true spirit.

The guidelines pointed out that though grama sabhas were meant to strengthen grassroots democracy and empower local self-government bodies, lack of a space for the grama sabhas to operate from has been a big drawback. Sevagrams would address this deficiency, the guidelines added.

Once the seva grams are in place, they will be the centre for coordinating all programmes implemented in the wards by the panchayat authorities.

Any building under the panchayat can be used as the sevagram centre. In case there are no buildings with the panchayat, space of 25 sq. metre can be rented for which Rs. 50,000 has been provided for.

The guidelines said that the responsibility for the sevagram centres is vested with the elected representative of ward in the panchayat council.

The secretary of the local government institution will be responsible for the records in the sevagram centre.



Though grama sabhas were meant to strengthen grassroots democracy and empower local self-government bodies, lack of a space for the grama sabhas to operate from has been a big drawback.



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