Background: India is a country full of opportunities because of its population, resources, diversity and the environment which is gradually becoming more enabling. When we think about accelerating development process in our country, we get encountered with a number of questions - ifs & buts, problems & priorities and so on... Keeping these doubts all aside, let's have a gentle thought on "the ways how" irrespective of the situation and circumstances. Today, we as a nation are moving fast towards digitisation, adding to the skills in people and developing entrepreneurship. Isn't it enough for taking the next step for the people? If you believe the answer is yes, then a number of ways will come up. One of such ways is activating the energies of the people in rural India through right facilitation and IIRD is proud to take lead in this direction.

Introduction: The process of urbanisation has started getting momentum in the country. The villages are getting converted into towns and the towns into cities. Though this process is inevitable in terms of facilities coming up in these rapidly evolving townships, but the following concerns remain unaddressed-

  • Expansion of the new townships is pretty much haphazard and the unregulated development in terms infrastructure is taking place without any ideal town planning.
  • Wherever the town planning is taking place, the infrastructure that is built is inharmonious. The town planning authorities take cognizance of the matter once the dimension on the ground is beyond control.
  • There have to be some yardsticks to determine the carrying capacity of any unit of geography viz. villages, towns or cities. Excessive biotic pressure on land is needed to be addressed.

All these issues need due attention from the people of all walks of life, especially the following steps should be taken-

  1. Determination of basic yardsticks on minimum facilities should be made mandatory for people to live in a respectable way with the optimum quality of life
  2. Determination of people carrying capacity of any geographical unit for living in a balanced ecosystem
  3. Determination of minimum infrastructure development norms for villages as well
  4. Identification of low cost, sustainable technologies to create civic amenities like housing, road, drainage, sewage, sanitation, recreation, etc
  5. Holistic planning for the people and geography with at least 20-year projections
  6. A governance structure with the enhanced role along with the increased level of people participation and more accountability
  7. A systematic process should be followed to facilitate people in becoming more productive and create more, better livelihood options and employment opportunities

The developmental process in the country can be expedited in two ways; first, by deploying FACILITATORS in the Gram Panchayats for quick and fast results. This will make the enabling environment for intensive planned growth of the GPs. Second, creating a band of INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONALS, who will take up the GPs for intensive planned development every year. By this strategy, we not only activate the population with regular round the clock facilitation at their doorsteps but will also make scientifically and managerially designed developmental interventions towards self-sustainability in the long run.

People in rural India, if facilitated in a correct way, can become even more productive. Some arrangement of facilitation has to be there, whereby we not only create massive employment opportunities for just one village but will also create space everywhere to create it further for other villagers too. If at least 2 persons/trained facilitators are deployed in a GP to facilitate people in different ways of development and connecting them to the technologies, there will be a requirement of around 5.00 Lakh facilitators across the country. This will give an opportunity to have a reach up to the bottom of the pyramid in the society and democratic setup besides creating employment opportunities. Villages are still an abode of serenity, happiness and originality as compared to the cities but need due attention to prevent them from deteriorating. The balanced, dynamic and regulated process of development is needed to be put in place. There is a need of ruralisation, which means the villages need to be given attention in terms of planning, regulation and creation of various opportunities simply by creating facilitation platform with a missionary spirit. The name of the initiative shall be "Mission RIEV" (Ruralising India- Empowering Villages).

Vision : Mission RIEV intends to make the Gram Panchayats more active across the country through dynamic facilitation in the shortest timeline with the creation of opportunities for sustainable employment and livelihood to the people.

Objectives : There will be two broader objectives to achieve Mission RIEV as below-

1. To activate Gram Panchayats by deploying two functionaries in each Panchayat on the pan-India basis by the end of 2017-18 on the sustainable employment basis.

2. . To create the band of professionals every year and deploy them in the planning and development of each GP with the annual rotation basis.

The present concept note outlines the process and strategies for achieving the objective of making Gram Panchayats activated through on-ground facilitation support.

Strategic Approach : The following strategic approach will be adopted to achieve the objective-

a. Technology Led Tool: An IT-based platform will be created for registration, application, appointment and progress report validation.

b. Identification of GP level Business Opportunities: The business or revenue generation opportunities within Gram Panchayat Settings will be explored and meticulously designed.

c. Deployment of Competent Human Resource: There shall be massive recruitment for the positions like Central Think Tank, State Coordinators, District Coordinators, Block Coordinators and Panchayat Facilitators across the country.

d. Establishing Linkages with Multiple Agencies: The linkages with pan-India level agencies and others shall be established in order to create business opportunities for the people being deployed at the GP level.