Gramayatra

The Gramayathra programme is inspired by the key challenges faced in up-scaling the process of decentralisation – how to make Gramasabha a functional entity. Strengthening Gramasabha is the key to ensuring transparency, accountability, and accessibility in the decentralised planning process. This is also expected to result in increased downward accountability.

Gramasabha, the assembly of common people, a platform that enables people to come together to discuss and decide on matters of importance to their lives, is the true space for building up and enriching a democratic process from the grassroots.

The Ministers, MPs, MLAs, Panchayat presidents, and members and senior officials are going to the Gramasabha and sit face-to-face with the people and work hand-in-hand with them. The process is envisioned to enhance the participatory process which will ensure that Good Governance is effective governance that is delivered to the people, especially the poorest thus resulting in better service delivery. The current effort is aimed at re-discovering Gramasabha as a forum for Good Governance through participation and Social Audit.

The Gramayathra gathering will consist of all the members of the Gramasabha in the selected ward of a particular Legislative Assembly constituency. The MLAs together with Panchayat Presidents would take the initiative to bridge the existing gap between different channels of development activities in a given Gramasabha area.

Main objectives:

  • To create grassroots-level awareness about the roles and responsibilities of Grama Panchayats and Municipalities in Service Delivery areas of LSGIs as envisaged in the PIM of the project
  • To establish Gramasabha as the primary institutional arrangement for the next generation of decentralization reforms
  • To ensure that Gramasabhas assume the due importance in development planning as envisaged in Panchayati Raj concept
  • To publicise the institutional reforms envisaged under the KLGSDP at the special Gramasabhas
  • To ensure the participation of MPs, MLAs, and other leaders in the gramasabhas to enhance coordination of development efforts at different levels
  • To discuss, develop, and approve a detailed Grama Vikasana Report at each gramasabha level that may be used in formulation of LSG-level projects
  • To initiate a process of convergence of all the development activities and funds at gramasabha level together with KLGSDP funds. Attempt will be made to ensure the Local Area Development funds of the MPs and MLAs are also mobilized for implementing the projects envisaged in the Grama Vikasana Report
  • To establish gramasabha as the forum for social audit of all the development activities undertaken in its jurisdiction

Gramayatra Process

  • Grama Panchayat Presidents in consultation with MLAs will identify the ward in which the Gramayatra and Gramasabha to be convened.
  • KILA will organize orientation for Grama Panchayat Presidents, Secretaries, and Ward Members on a regional basis at Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur and Kozhikode. This will be a one-day orientation programme, in which the details of various aspects of Gramayatra will be explained to the participating Panchayats. Minister for Panchayats is expected to inaugurate this programme.
  • Panchayat Presidents and concerned MLA will constitute an organizing committee for the Gramayatra. This will be a committee consisting of MP, MLA, Panchayat Presidents, Political party representatives, and cultural leaders. Representative from Youth Clubs, Karshaka Samithis, Women’s Groups, Kudumbashree and other civil society groups will be part of the committee.

Programmes prior to Gramayatra

Each Panchayat will prepare and implement detailed publicity and awareness programmes about the Gramayatra. Padayatras (processions) may be organized in the entire assembly constituency, giving propaganda to the Gramayatra. MLA, Panchayat presidents, and members of various civil society organizations will lead the Padayatra in their constituency. The ward where the special Gramasabha is to be convened will be decided as part of the campaign.

Specialized Gramasabhas

Before the common Gramasabha, special meeting of various sections of society will be organized in the selected ward.

  1. Youth meeting (Yuvajana Sabha)
  2. Women’s meeting  (Vanitha Sabha)
  3. Children’s meeting (Bala Sabha)
  4. Meeting of the old people (Vrudha Sabha)
  5. Meeting of the differently abled (Vikalanga Sabha)

Each of these groups will produce their own status report with respect to that ward and the same will be consolidated and attached to the general development report prepared for the ward. This will include probable projects which could be undertaken under KLGSDP in the ward. A citizen satisfaction survey of LSGI service delivery will also be attempted.

Gramayatra-Gramasabha

The special Gramasabha will be the culmination of the Gramayatra process in each Assembly Constituency. Exhibition, sales, and various cultural programmes will be organized at the Gramayatra-Gramasabha venue. KLGSDP together with Kudumbashree and other Self Help Groups will be encouraged to set up stalls for exhibitions on this occasion. Various departments and the PRD will organize exhibitions during Gramayatra.

In the Gramasabha, the Minister for Panchayats will honour persons of eminence from various fields belonging to the constituency.

A detailed presentation of the Grama Vikasana report will be one of the main features of the meeting. The Minister for Panchayats will release ‘Grama Vikasana Report’ at the session.