IRMA and RSCD (Resource & Support Centre for Development) organized a workshop on "Understanding HR at Gram Panchayats: NGO Perspective" in Belapur, Navi Mumbai on May 19, 2018. The core objective of the workshop was to capture the experiences of NGOs working with Gram Panchayats in Maharashtra. It also focussed on facilitating discussion on the HR status and issues at Gram Panchayat level as experienced by the NGOs.
The workshop was attended by about 30 people including NGO functionaries representing all the six divisions of Maharashtra (Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad, Amravati, Konkan, and Nagpur). The participants covered a wide spectrum of local self-government enthusiasts including a mix of past and present elected representatives of various Gram Panchayats, social activists working for the rights of people, representatives of development support and academic institutions, and international organizations like CLGF (Commonwealth Local Government Forum) that work towards promoting and strengthening democratic local governments across the commonwealth.
Key HR issues identified through the workshop include need for revising the schematic plan of HR positions at Gram Panchayats as determined by the state government in 1981, autonomy to recruit requisite human resources, training needs of the HR at Gram Panchayats, exploring the possibility of using social audit for monitoring/evaluating performance of HR at Gram Panchayats and need for deliberate pondering on career progression for the Gram Panchayat employees.
Prof. Madhavi Mehta & Prof. Satyendra Pandey of IRMA and Sh. Bhim Raskar & Sh. Datta Gurav of RSCD facilitated the workshop.