Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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'Home Delivery Scheme of Foodgrains' in Knowledge Fair

The UNDP Capacity Development Group, together with the Learning Network on Capacity Development (LenCD) and the Impact Alliance would like to thank you for your entry to the 2010 'Capacity is Development' Knowledge Fair. 
We are very pleased with the global response to the call for experiences. The knowledge fair mobilized 175 case stories, 50 videos and 90 image entries showcasing policies, investments and programmes that have proven successful in driving human and institutional capacity development in diverse settings around the world. 

There were 30 Top Finalists in the case story category and 10 Top Finalists from the video category determined by a panel of 18 judges. Five entries were selected for personal representation at the upcoming Global Event in Marrakech.  You can find more information about the judges and evaluation criteria, as well as the Top Finalists and all the entries at: www.capacityisdevelopment.org/ knowledgefair  

Thank you once again for your participation in the knowledge fair.  Your entry will not only contribute to the growing evidence base to be used by UNDP, but also to the growing global knowledge base on capacity development.  We will continue to raise awareness around your entry and explore peer-learning opportunities.

The 'Capacity is Development' Knowledge Fair Team

Thursday, March 24, 2011

YASHADA Foundation Training

Email Response from Revenue Officer

Yesterday a probationary deputy collector was attached with me for training. I just inquired about their foundation training at YASHADA. He told me that majority of the topics related to Revenue Admin. were covered by Shri. Shekhar Gaikwad ; Shri. Pralhad Kachare, which is a good thing to happen for probs.

When I completed my foundation, I was left wondering why it was called FOUNDATION training. The prob I met was quite confident & enthusiastic about his forthcoming independent charge of Tahsildar, which I think is an outcome of inputs given by the above respectable duo.

We all should thank them for their initiative for giving us a good batch of officers.

Dhananjay Nikam, Revenue Officer

Monday, March 14, 2011

PDS Ration Home Delivery Scheme Awaits Cabinet Nod

Mumbai, Feb 25 (PTI) Maharashtra cabinet is likely to discuss a significant measure aimed at revolutionizing delivery of items through the public distribution system(PDS), which could help save the state government around Rs. 200 crore per year.

The ''home delivery of PDS foodgrain'' scheme, which began as a pilot project in Nashik district, is presently being implemented in about 3,000 villages in 11 of the 35 districts in Maharashtra.

"The scheme is likely to come up before the cabinet in the next few weeks, and would be implemented throughout the state after the cabinet nod," an official said.

Under this model, foodgrain are distributed through PDS,once in three months, six months or a year. This is in contrast to the monthly distribution system, which is expensive in terms of transportation and is also not effective in clearing stocks.

The scheme is the brainchild of senior bureaucrat ShekharGaikwad, now in the Chief Minister''s Office, who launched it when he was Nashik''s Additional Collector.

Some glaring lacunae in the present PDS include: Foodgrain not reaching the village; beneficiaries don't receive their monthly allotted quota; shops are rarely open; if and when they get the foodgrain stock, the price demanded by the shopkeepers is generally higher than the announced price, the grains are adulterated and of bad quality.

Gaikwad thought of a novel way to get around some of the short comings by giving families food in advance. Under the''home delivery'' scheme, BPL beneficiary families come together and demand three months ration in advance. People collect money and deposit in village itself with talathi /  supply inspector. Once this amount is paid, their quota of ration is delivered by the government to their village. .

After the amount is deposited in block-level treasury, a tempo comes to the village and foodgrain sacks distributed on the basis of what has been paid to each family, in an open space in front of all the beneficiary families.

Gaikwad''s project has been a hit with local self-help groups of women who collect the required amount, keep records of the collection, travel to the block office to pay, and are present during distribution to ensure proper allocation.

The new model has the potential to make rotting foodgrain in government godowns a thing of the past, the official said. The system is also transparent as foodgrain distribution takes place before the community and once distributed,independent agencies and NGOs can verify whether the grains are properly utilized.

Gaikwad also served as Registrar of the Yashwantrao Chavan Academy for Development Administration (Yashada) at Pune.

Gaikwad made a presentation of his model before Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and deputy chairman of the Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia last year. "They lauded the model as it did not incur any additional cost forthe smooth distribution of foodgrain," he said.

"The beneficiaries in rural areas now understand that the government had kept this much foodgrain aside for each family," Gaikwad said. The element of transparency is a boost as the entire village knows who are the beneficiaries as the foodgrains are distributed in presence of everyone.

Also, stock from godowns gets shifted to families, houses, clearing up much-needed space there.

Friday, March 4, 2011

माहिती अधिकाराची गीता...

नुकतीच मंत्रालयीन अधिकारी / कर्मचारी यांचेसाठी 'माहितीचा अधिकार' या विषयावर कार्यशाळा  संपन्न झाली. त्यातील एका प्रशिक्षणार्थ्याचे मनोगत महान्यूजमध्ये प्रसिद्ध झाले असून त्यात 'कायदा माहितीचा अन् अभिव्यक्तिस्वातंत्राचा!' या पुस्तकाचा उल्लेख माहिती अधिकाराची गीता असा केला आहे. सदर मनोगतातील काही भाग :
"या प्रशिक्षण कार्यशाळेत आम्हा सर्वांना काही पुस्तकेही देण्यात आली. त्यातील यशवंतराव चव्हाण विकास प्रशासन प्रबोधिनी (यशदा) पुणे यांनी प्रकाशित केलेले, प्रल्हाद कचरे आणि शेखर गायकवाड लिखित कायदा माहितीचा अन् अभिव्यक्तिस्वातंत्र्याचा या पुस्तकास तर माहिती अधिकाराची गीता म्हटले तर निश्चितच काहीही वावगं ठरणार नाही. इतकं ते पुस्तक अप्रतिम आहे. या कार्यशाळेचे आणखीन एक वैशिष्ट्य म्हणजे वेळेचे व्यवस्थापन. अगदी वेळेवर सुरुवात, वेळेवर चहा, वेळेवर जेवण, व्याख्यात्यांचं वेळेवर आगमन, सर्व काही अगदी काटेकोरपणे. व्यवस्थापनाच्या बाबतीत यशदा ही संस्था नेहमीच यशस्वी ठरली आहे. आपल्यालाही त्यांचा अनुभव आला असेलच किंवा भविष्यात येईलही"...मनोज सानप, प्रशिक्षणार्थी
Source: http://www.mahanews.gov.in/content/articleshow.aspx?id=msLsOxlsEZ6|p53wzRS1WoqkP0wl9rt6xAvuMygS9EqmUqy3jzjHbQ==

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