• Chief Minister's visit at Sanitary Park kanker-Chhatisgarh
    Chief Minister's visit at Sanitary Park kanker-Chhatisgarh (Technical support provided by Samarthan in preparation of the Sanitary Park)
  • Community lead total Sanitation book in Hindi released by ChiefMinister Chhatisgarh
    Community lead total Sanitation book in Hindi released by ChiefMinister Chhatisgarh (Book prepared by Samarthan and printed by district administration kanker)
  • Bundelkhan CSs meeting in Jahani
  • Identifying the rights of migrants and their families
  • Bundelkhan CSs meeting in Jahani MNREGA

Panchayati Raj Mahasangh

PRM LogoEver since the path-breaking 73rd Constitutional Amendment was enacted in 1993, a number of civil society organizations have been working to strengthen the capacities of Panchayats. Gradually, it was realized that capacity building alone will not bring about a significant change in deepening participatory democracy and governance. There are structural and operational bottlenecks that need to be addressed by the collective strength of the elected representatives. The political system needs to be effectively leveraged ensuring true decentralization.

A convention of the elected Panchayat representatives of Madhya Pradesh was held in Bhopal in December 2006, wherein it was felt that the elected representatives of three tiers of Panchayat should get united for their collective voice at all the three levels – state, district and bock. Therefore, a network of elected Panchayat representatives was envisioned. The first elected body of the Panchayat network called Panchayati Raj Mahasangh (PRM) was formed on 27th July 2007. The network has a membership of more than 2000 elected representatives spread across 20 districts of the state. The following objectives were envisaged for Panchayati Raj Mahasangh:

  • Strengthening democratic governance and the system of three-tier Panchayati Raj in MP
  • Engagement and discussions with state-level policymakers for favorable policy change
  • Providing a platform for Panchayat representatives for sharing their experiences and collectively identifying issues for dialogue
  • Co-ordination with the media for advocacy on Panchayat-related issues
  • Building a strong membership base for collective strength of the network
  • Providing technical support to the Dalit, Tribal, OBC and women members
  • Publication of a newspaper for the members and policymakers covering the latest and developments relevant to Panchayati Raj Institutions
  • Promote qualitative improvement in the implementation of schemes implemented by Panchayati Raj Institutions

At the district level, the network has been instrumental in developing a constructive dialogue with the district administration with support from the local civil society with the objective of ensuring better governance of the schemes and better utilization of resources. To read more about PRM, click here. Connect with PRM on Facebook to get recent updates.

After the MP Panchayat elections of January 2010, the Panchayati Raj Mahasangh elected a new state-level executive committee. Recently in 2012, the executive body of PRM carried out a membership drive, jacking up the membership to above 5000 in 70 blocks of 25 districts. The executive committee was re-elected on 23rd Nov. 2012.

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