1. It is well known that many successful micro-level initiatives and developmental practices exist across the length and breadth of Rural India. More often however, lack of reliable documentation keeps them in silos. It was in this scenario that Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) decided to research and document ‘Good Practices in the Rural Development Sector’ so that they can be brought into mainstream deliberation and wider adaptation. MoRD kept the identification of good practices exploratory and participatory in nature. By an open advertisement entries were invited from Central Ministries, PRIs, Civil Society Organizations, Community Based Organisations and individuals. These entries were validated and evaluated by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai after field visits. The instruments of enquiry were kept open-ended to gather qualitative inputs from the programme functionaries and the beneficiaries. After recommendation by the respective state governments, they were examined by a National Level Committee headed by Addl. Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development. From the 592 entries received by the MoRD, the committee identified 82 good practices for documentation.


  1. The National Workshop organised on 23rd-24th September, 2015 at Bhopal by MoRD and Govt. of Madhya Pradesh showcased 31 of the 82 identified good practices. The authors of 31 entries made exhibitions and multimedia presentations about their initiatives focusing on sustainability of the outcomes and replicability of the processes elsewhere in India.


Table 1: Category wise abstract of Good Practice Entries

Category of Entry

Total Entries

State Recommended

Selected Entries

Workshop Entries

Government Agencies

97

41

22

13

Private Organisations / CSOs

251

108

39

11

Community Based Initiatives

244

86

21

7

Total

592

235

82

31



Table 2: Sector wise abstract of Good Practice Entries

Sector

Total Entries

State Recommended

Selected Entries

Workshop Entries

Agriculture

226

81

31

8

Education

248

63

13

4

Health

240

80

13

3

Housing

73

16

3

1

Livelihoods

253

89

33

10

Nutrition

113

38

5

1

Sanitation

213

70

12

5

Services

143

42

9

4

Others

198

72

24

13

Note : One entry may be represented in more than one sector


  1. The event saw the participation by more than 500 delegates including Hon’ble Members of Parliament, District Collectors, SAGY State Nodal Officers, SAGY Charge Officers, Panchayat Pradhans, Civil Society Organisations, Academia and officers from Central Ministries. The event was inaugurated by Hon’ble Union Minister of Rural Development in the presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Hon’ble Minister of Panchayati Raj and Rural Development, Madhya Pradesh and other dignitaries.


Table 3: Category wise Participation in the National Workshop

Sl

Category

No of Participants

1

Hon'ble Members of Parliament

31

2

Representatives of Hon'ble MPs

22

3

Officials from the central ministries

63

4

Academia

13

5

Civil Society Representatives

25

6

State Government Officials

30

7

District Collectors

49

8

Charge Officers

68

9

Panchayat Pradhans

74

10

Exhibitors

93

11

Others

56



524



During the workshop a few publications were also released by MoRD. This included,

  • Sankalan - Documenting 101 admirable initiatives in SAGY Gram Panchayats by Hon'ble Member of Parliament.
  • Compendium having brief descriptions of the 82 'Good Practices in Rural Development Sector' identified by the National Selection Committee
  • Audio-Video documentation of 7 good practices were screened during the workshop

1. Mahatma Gandhi Dispute Free Village Mission- for SAGY 



2. Movement and action network for transformation of Rural Areas (MANTRA), Gram Vikas, Odisha- for SAGY 




3. Participatory Natural Resource Management Program- for SAGY 



4. Strengthening good governance through village governance fund- for SAGY 



5. Cattle Breed Improvement Program at the doorsteps of the farmers- for SAGY 



6. Road Infrastructure, Drinking Water, Electricity and Sanitation Transformed into Decent Living


7. Light for Education - Good Practice for Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana

 

The Presentations of each of the Participant can be downloaded from here