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PANCHAYATI SWARAJ

 

It is the power of my village community unleshed

 

"Government the doer and village the receiver": this is how it is in the present and it is slavery. Rather, "Village the doer and government the auditor", was traditional freedom.

That was the condition in the best of empires in India. These empires were built on empowering people and governing their free action. That is the story of Uttaramerur, the Gupta empire, Cholas, Akbar, Chandra Gupta maurya and others.

For the village to experience this freedom it must build its community power and take charge.

The Gandhian vision aids this. There are great village stories in modern India too which are working on such ideals. We can learn from them...

 

Inspired by the GANDHIAN VISION

 

 

Supported by Gandhian mass action
for rebuilding villages: SWAGRAMI

 

 

Sharing the VISION STORY and other real-life stories to inspire my village Fellow citizens

 

 

And working on the SIX FREEDOMS

 

 

my Village can be pushed towards second freedom

 

THE MILESTONES TO PANCHAYAI SWARAJ FOR MY VILLAGE

 

Step 1: Swaraj Seedling(s)
This is the stage in which awareness of the idea comes to the village. A small group of about five people pour upon the idea of village freedom and study different village revolutions from all over the country and abroad.

Step 2: Freedom Nursery
In this stage, the seedling expands and joins with all the other seedlings in the village. Together, they split themselves up into small groups, each focused on one or the other of the six freedoms. Each freedom team looks into its area of specialization. They look outward for solutions available from across the world. They look inside their villages and see where their strengths and weaknesses are and how these solutions are relevant to themselves. They start making a list of projects that need to be taken up in the village. They all come together, discuss the six freedoms and try to create a harmonious vision for the village.

Step 2a: Freedom Nursery Presentation
The Freedom Nursery presents its findings and understanding to the village executive first and then to the Gram Sabha.

Step 3: Village Freedom Council
The Gram Sabha listens to the presentation, understands it and sanctions the creation of a Village Freedom Council which is a formalized structure of the Freedom Nursery. It consists of the core members of the Freedom Nursery including other members as the Gram Sabha deems fit. The Gram Sabha grants permission to the Village Freedom Council to invite help from NRVs (Non-Resident Villagers), NGOs and government agencies.

Step 4: The NRV (Non Resident Villagers') Meet
The Village Freedom Council, with the blessings and support of the Gram Sabha, invites all NRVs, NGO representatives and local government officials and has a two-day discussion/seminar on the pursuit of freedom of the village.

Step 5: The Village Swaraj Master Plan
Based on the proceedings of the NRV Meet, the studies and analyses that have happened before that and due consultation with all stakeholders from within and outside the village, the Village Freedom Council comes out with a Village Swaraj Master Plan. This master plan sets clear priority on what projects must be taken up 1. immediately, 2. in the near future and 3. in the long run. It also has a list of projects ready on paper so that when the opportunity comes, in terms of resources, it can be implemented quickly.

SOME RELEVANT/SIMILAR INSPIRATIONAL STORIES
Asarpur
Asarpur, Sanaur, Patiala, Punjab: Awarded village, They are working on their own version of "Development Plan". Excellent work by village leaders towards all round development. They aspire to be a "Beacon Panchayat"
Millenium Villages Project (Africa)
An attempt at developing a down up system based on empowering poor communities so as to achieve the millenium development goals. The background is Africa and the Couloumbia university in New York is developing an outreach to help… but it is aid based… it is an excellent example to see how the global millenium goals are interpreted and pursued at the village community level. It is called the Millenium Villages Project. Though it does not truly reflect a bottom up planning, it is an effort of external intervention to stimulate change and can offer ideas for villages to work on.
Chizami
Chizami is a tribal village in Nagaland’s Phek district, It has evolved the Chizami model and offers internships for training in the area of Village transformation. It has development accross the spectrum with focus on socioeconomy and environmental protection
An Instance of Govt Official driving change: M Shobha Rani in Karnataka
Malangi, Nagawala in Mysuru district and Harohalli in Ramanagara district; M Shobha Rani was appointed as the Panchayat Development Officer. Has affected notable change in the villages by her persistance and visionary action
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SIX FREEDOMS
1Accounting

1.1 Land records

1.2 Taxes

1.3 Scheme list

1.4 census
2Economy

2.1 Adapt / integrate

2.2 Employment

2.3 Financial

2.4 Technological

2.5 Resource economy
3Culture

3.1 Education

3.2 Skill sets

3.3 Traditions

3.4 Arts

3.5 Spiritual
4Health

4.1 Sports

4.2 Health/Wellness

4.3 Hygiene

4.4 Nutrition

4.5 Medical care
5Government

5.1 Legislative

5.2 Executive

5.3 Judicial

5.4 Integration
6Vision

6.1 Environmental

6.2 Developmental

6.3 Contributory
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