The three tier structure of governance in India has helped in decentralization of powers to the citizens and the 73rd and the 74th Constitutional Amendment are the steps towards empowering the poor and marginalized, creating awareness and self reliant society. The Constitution provides ample space for all to participate equally be it men or women, STs and SCs in the process of governance so that justice and equality can prevail. Since 1995 SRKPS is developing a culture of good governance and accountability through involving CSOs, women, SC/ST Representative and PRIs and building their capacity. Reservation in the last two decades has brought a lot of political and social changes at panchayat and municipal level. Women, SC and ST Representatives have come up with their grievances and are successfully executing their rights and duties.
1. EMPOWERMENT OF ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES
SRKPS is implementing Empowerment campaign through capacity building workshops with women, SC and ST representatives of 2 Gram Panchayats of Jaisalmer. Through capacity building programs Sarpanch and ward panch are bring oriented on their rights and duties. Support is being provided to PRI to work similarly to other progressive Gram Panchayats of the State by providing information as well as through Exposure visits. They are also motivated to monitor the quality of education and health services being provided at the village level.
2. STRENGTHENING GENDER RESPONSES OF PANCHAYATS IN RAJASTHAN PROJECT
SRKPS along with the technical support of PRIA, New Delhi and financial support from UNFPA is implementing a project entitled 'Strengthening Gender Response of Panchayats in Rajasthan'. In this project sensitization and capacity building programmes is being carried out for VHSC, PRIs and Standing committee on Social justice members, 22 villages of 5 gram
panchayat of Alsisar block, Jhunjhunu District. This project has been initiated to sensitize people, especially the PRIs to give the women their rights and freedom that they deserve, and mobilizing them to prepare their health plan with their participation of community especially deprived, socially backward and vulnerable group.