Pre Election Voter Awareness Campaign in Kutch 2012

Pre Election Voter Awareness Campaign in Kutch 2012

Gujarat State is observing Panchayat elections in the month of December 2011. Out of total 614 Panchayats in Kutch district, Panchayat elections would take place in 475 Panchayats of which 120 Panchayats fall in Setu intervention area. In November beginning, Setus had started Pre-Election Voting Awareness Campaigns (PEVAC) with the objective of guiding the citizen for their right with regard to voting, awareness generation for rules and regulations for the applicant, leadership qualities, etc. Voter campaigning included developing and distributing informative pamphlets, poster displays and hoardings, writing quotes on walls (Bhit Sutras) on village public walls, village level meetings, broadcasting through audio and video shows, etc. Following tables quantifies the efforts and attempts of Setus in directing Panchayat elections en-route for democracy and decentralization. 

Table 1: Voter campaigning at Village and Panchayat level

Taluka

Panchayats encompassed in voter campaigning

Villages encompassed in voter campaigning

Estimated citizen approached for awareness generation

Anjar and Gandhidham

43 {36 of Anjar 7 of Gandhidham}

52

Through representatives of Sangathan

Pachchhm

15

50

1250

Bhuj

17

29

525

Rapar

6

7

300

Bhachau

31

38

930

Total

69

176

3005

Table 2: Voter campaigning with Mahila Manch / at cluster level

 Taluka

Number of meetings

Number of women participated

Subject under campaigning

Anjar

1

25

Voter awareness, imparting understanding on application form, citizenship, roles and responsibilities, qualities of good leader, who can be the applicant, etc 
Pachchhm

2

50

Bhuj

4

196

Rapar

1

12

Bhachau

1

13

Anjar-Gandhidhan Panchayat Sanghthan

1

29

Voter awareness
Total

10

325

Table 3: Voter campaigning with Youths

Taluka

Number of meetings

Youths participated

Subject under campaigning

Bhuj

3

27

Basic information on Panchayat, understanding on filling applicant form, budget, voters awareness, two child policy, powers of Women Sarpanch
Pachchhm

1

42

Total

4

69

Table 4 :Election Information  Center

Block

Filled Election Form

Remarks

Female

Male

 Total

Bhuj

19

62

81

Basic Information on 2 child act and to concern  during fill-up form of different rotation to 530 persons.
Bhachau

15

44

59

Anjar

43

71

114

Rapar

7

22

29

Total

84

199

283


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This entry was posted on January 2, 2012. 1 Comment

SARPANCH ROTAION LIST OF KUTCH FOR ELECTION 2011-2012

Rotation List of “SARPANCH” in Gram Panchayat of Kutch (Gujarat-India) for Election 2011-2012 (List in Gujarati)

SOURCE : KUTCHMITRA NEWPAPER DATE : 3/11/2011

This entry was posted on November 3, 2011. 4 Comments

SOCIO ECONOMIC & CASTE CENSUS 2011 IN RURAL INDIA

There has been extensive public interest in estimating caste-wise population in the country, and on identifying households living below the poverty line. The last exercise to identify people living in poverty was conducted in 2002, but had several limitations. The Ministry of Rural Development Government of India, is now carrying out the Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011, between June 2011 and December 2011, through a comprehensive door to door enumeration across the country. This is the fi rst time such a comprehensive exercise is being carried out for both rural and urban India.

The SECC, 2011 has the following three objectives:

  • To enable households to be ranked based on their socioeconomic status. State Governments can then prepare a list of families living below the poverty line
  • To make available authentic information that will enable castewise population enumeration of the country
  • To make available authentic information regarding the socioeconomic condition, and education status of various castes and sections of the population.
This entry was posted on September 27, 2011. 5 Comments

Panchayat members turn tech-savvy in Gujarat.

Panchayat members turn tech-savvy in Gujarat.

Swati Bhan, Ahmedabad

“Budget preparation is always a tricky business. More so when the budget has to be readied for an organization, which is accountable to public.”

It was a challenging task for elected representatives of some villages even in Gujarat. A Gujarati is known for his business acumen and can read budget like the back of his palm. Now, technology has helped the elected representatives to deal with the problem effectively.

Many villagers in Kutch region have no computers at their homes. They have not perceived it as a drawback. When the opportunity came their way, they went ahead using social networking sites to the hilt for furthering their interests. The people in this region, devastated by the killer-earthquake nearly a decade ago, have travelled a long way into the virtual world.

Duda Chavda, who has been trained on how to use Facebook and Skype, logs on regularly and has realised the importance of this networking site. Having seen the advantages of the social networking sites, now he is using application like Skype. For a man from a remote village in the earthquake-ravaged Anjar block in Kutch, he certainly has come a long way. He not only manages his fields, but also handles the affairs of his village and shares his experiences on the virtual world with his peers.

He is not the only villager who has logged on to the virtual world. The sarpanch of Bhalot village and several others from the Panchayats of more than 30 villages in Kutch are using these sites to share their experiences of local governance among themselves and seek guidance from the people, who want to help them. “We can now put our work, images of our village on the social networking sites and people can see them from anywhere,” said an elated Chavda.

“Gram Panchayat (GP) members use Skype to conference with one another and Facebook to create collaborative documents,” said Sushma Ayenger from Kutch Navnirman Abhiyan, the organisation, which has initiated the training for the panchayat members. “Using Facebook, a popular social networking site, panchayat members are also able to share photographs and short video clips – documenting developmental tasks undertaken in their villages,” she added.

The empowerment helps them to demonstrate their initiatives in the virtual world and win appreciation for them. It has generated tangible pride among the panchayat members. “It’s great fun to learn what they are teaching,” says Damaji Suthar, Sarpanch of Ner Amarsar village from Bhachau block. “They have been teaching us about how to conduct gram sabhas, prepare budgets and monitor developmental activities in our own villages. We can then put all our experiences on Facebook which others can see and it is great,” he added.

“Gram panchayat members are evolving as a networked community that reports, shares, collaborates and mentors each other to make tacit experiential knowledge explicit every day,” Ayenger added. The idea of enabling the panchayats to use social network came as a byproduct of empowering the panchayats to handle their issues. The course, which entails three modules, targets the village panchayat members to make them accountable and reliable in creating and implementing developmental plans. The course content focuses specifically on budgeting and planning, and developing an awareness of the constitutional rights of panchayat members. It has been designed to be interactive and utilise internet-based tools to promote a learning experience that is collaborative, empowering, and sustainable, said Ayenger. The first course for elected representatives that uses technology such as Skype and Facebook, aims to use online communication to develop a community of panchayat members who can easily share ideas on best practices through peer learning approach.

“The system is developed in collaboration with the gram panchayats and with the active involvement of the community in each ward of the panchayats. Thus, the data gets verified and ratified by the gram sabha. It includes a comprehensive range of issues and information that affect the village development and governance such as the location of public resources, the number of unemployed persons in the village, the proximity of schools, functioning and satisfaction with PDS, access to entitlements, status of natural resources , etc,” she added.

“The idea here is not to provide simple IT training to the panchayat members, but to train them how to use technology for their own issues,” said Parimala Inamdar, the pedagogy consultant of the project. “So while on the one hand we had to train them how to use networking sites like Facebook, on the other, we also had to teach them how to update their status with all the details, so that it makes complete sense to their peers, obviously, the way urban users use their status message will not make sense to the rural people,” she said.

“We have also developed the websites of couple of villages which were done by the villagers themselves,” she added. “We have also started groups in Facebook where the users share their knowledge in form of quiz series and have fun through peer learning,’ she said.

“They started with the basic issues of development of the village and how we can manage our affairs,” Dudha Chavda says.

Source : http://www.deccanherald.com/content/168146/panchayat-members-turn-tech-savvy.html