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Profile of training for NCBF

The program objective has been designed with instructional intent to change knowledge, skills or attitudes as a result of the learning experience. This focuses on the capacity development of the elected PRI representatives. As a result of which the elected PRI members have become aware and well versed about their respective roles, responsibilities, functions and the deliverables in managing the decisions and the affaires in the PRIs. The major objectives of the programme are:

Improving grassroots democracy by giving appropriate orientation to the elected representatives to deliver better
Providing the PRI members with necessary information, knowledge base and the operational skills in easy and simple methods on various aspects of local self-governance and rural development
Establishing an efficient and reliable pool of localized resource persons for undertaking continuous, systematic, regular trainings and capacity building initiatives for the PRI members and other stakeholders

Institutional arrangements and training operational strategies:
Given the complexities involved in the implementation of such an ambitious programme, a large number of stakeholders are involved at various levels for value addition to the entire process. The success of the program depends largely on coordination with the district partners, interactive orientation to the PRI members and ownership of district officials and government machinery. The institutional arrangement comprises of:

Partnership with Civil Society Organizations:
Taking into consideration the magnitude and complexity of the task, SIRDPR has entered into partnership with 78 NGO partners covering all the districts of Orissa. Training programme is being carried on simultaneously in 80 locations (including 2 ETCs).Each batch comprises of 40 trainees from all the 3-tiers of PRI.

Roping in the support of District Panchayat Officers and Additional Block Development Officers: The DPOs and ABDOs have been designated as the Nodal Officers cum resource persons to provide thematic as well as logistic support for the districts and blocks respectively. As District Level Training Coordinators, they have been entrusted with the responsibility of fund management for the concerned training programmes in the districts and submission of UCs to SIRDPR for the expenditure incurred.

Additional BDO at the block level or an Extension Officer preferably GPEO is designated as Block level Training Coordinator cum Nodal Officer.

Creating pool of trainers:
SIRDPR has empanelled 432 trainers at district and State levels who have been imparted training on five thematic modules developed by SIRDPR. These empanelled pool of trainers developed by SIRDPR are facilitating the training programmes in multiple locations as per the methodologies in the training manual. The reference materials developed by SIRDPR have been provided to the panchayats and all the members of the PRIs attending the training.

Each of the training programmes is being conducted wherein the first two days would be on Rule and Role Clarity by the shortlisted trainers. For the third day govt. officials from Block and District level have been entrusted with the responsibility of being the resource persons –cum- monitors for the program giving training on the respective themes.

Creation of Block Resource Centres (BRCs)

Block Resource Centers will be created in all 314 blocks and few more partner NGOs will be identified by SIRDPR. These newly identified DPNGOs along with the existing ones will be given charge of these BRCs in each of the 314 blocks. Till then the training programs will be organized at the designated venues of the empanelled district partners. After the infrastructure development, the SLTs/ DLTs may also be designated as the center in charge of individual BRCs.

Standardized training modules and reference materials
SIRDPR has developed training modules and reference materials on the following 5 themes:
Role & Rule Clarity and Responsibility of PRIs
Transparency and Accountability
Financial Management and Accounting
Rural Development Programmes in Panchayati Raj Department
Social Welfare  & other Line Department Schemes

Also specially designed module,”Direct Trainers’ Skill” has been prepared for enhancing the training skills of the trainers. . These standardized reference materials developed by SIRDPR is being provided to the panchayats and all the members of the PRIs attending the training.

Along with the modules and manuals, 18 Video films on Panchayati raj have also been produced for sharing with the PRI representatives. Few jingles have also been produced. These films have been provided to DPNGOs who are widely using this as training aid for greater impact on participants. The department is continues producing monthly panchayat newsletter in Oriya for circulation among a wide clientele.

Monitoring through participatory mechanisms
At the State level, the training programmes are centrally monitored by SIRDPR. Along with visit of Nodal Officers to different training locations, regular follow-up is done through telephone and e-mail. Each Nodal Officer is in charge of 18 DPNGOs and is responsible for managing these partners. After completion of each phase of training, a factsheet is generated at SIRDPR level which gives consolidated information on the training organized phase wise. Feedback workshops are organized where there is a mutual sharing of problems and prospects between SIRDPR and the DPNGOs and ideas are shared for further quality improvement of training programmes.

At the district and block level, the monitoring is done by government officials like PD, DRDA, DPO, BDO, ABDO and GPEO. They are not only involved in quality check of training programmes but also are the resource persons on the third day of the programme for imparting training on the Government schemes especially the NREGS.

DPO is responsible for collecting the reports of DPNGOs and the trainers are along with the UCs.