Leveraging MGNREGA for Drought Proofing in Maharashtra

Session III Day II: The Road Ahead and Operational Strategy – Group Discussions and Final Recommendations to GoM

S.K. Deshpande explains the group discussion process

S.K. Deshpande explains the group discussion process

On the second and final day, Ms. Ashwini Kulkarni, Member of the core group of the Consortium made a presentation summarizing the discussions and presentations made on the previous day. Dr. S.K. Deshpande, Advisor, Planning and Work, EGS Department, GoM, was the anchor for this session. He also spoke on the topics that needed discussion on the future road map for combating drought in Mahrashtra. Participants were broken up into groups which would deliberate on the following broad themes:

  • Human Resources and Capacity Building
  • Framework for Involvement of Civil Society
  • Work on Forest Land, Use of FRA
  • Implementation of MGNREGA at GP Level: Status and Needed Reform

The topics were agreed to by the delegates. After the group discussions were over, presentations were made on behalf of the three groups by selected persons. These presentations contained recommendations for Government of Maharashtra.

Shashi Bhushan of PANI, UP makes a point

Shashi Bhushan, of PANI, UP makes a point

Ashwini Kulkarni made a presentation on behalf of Group I

Ashwini Kulkarni made a presentation on behalf of Group I

Among the major recommendations that emerged were:

  • A framework was suggested to GoM for civil society partnerships by these groups based on the role and responsibility matrix suggested in the new operational guidelines for MGNREGA. This would mean designating organizations as resource organizatons, support organizations, anchor organizations
  • A network or Consortium Approach Model could be adopted with a State Resource Group – which would include NABARD and CSOs other agencies and state government which could help the mainstreaming process for CSOs
  • MoUs should be signed with clear mutual responsibilities
  • detailed blueprint for teams and human resources needed should be worked out by the state government
  • a state advocacy forum should be set up for interacting with the state government
  • A system for empanelment of NGOs is needed
  • helpline needs to be advertised widely so that everyone knows about it
  • reforms are needed in the process of planning, monitoring and recording
  • a system of review meetings at the block level is required
  • Cluster Facilitation Teams need to be set up as spelt out in MGNREGA 2.0 guidelines
  • there should be a social audit committee at the village, GP and cluster levels
  • the block mitra should be made a single point of contact

The participants were joined by the Minister EGS and Chief Secretary of Mahrashtra in the concluding session.

The Chief Secretary, Maharashta, Mr. Banthia, interacting with participants

The Chief Secretary, Maharashta, Mr. Banthia, and Dr. Nitin Raut interacting with participants

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