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NIRDPR to help gram panachayats to monitor migrants returning from the cities

Another major objective of this initiative is to support Gram Panchayats and other Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) functionaries to take care of the citizens in their communities by providing IEC (Information, Education and Communication) material for awareness campaigns against COVID-19.

Last Updated: Mar 30, 2020, 02.32 PM IST

PTI

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Migrants sit in a truck to try and reach their native villages during a nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemics.

National

Institute of Rural Development

and Panchayati Raj (

NIRDPR

) is set to launch awareness initiatives to help gram

panchayats

across India to monitor migrants returning from the cities. This initiative is aimed at helping migrants and ensure that they are adequately screened for COVID-19 infection, and quarantined where necessary.

Another major objective of this initiative is to support Gram Panchayats and other Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) functionaries to take care of the citizens in their communities by providing IEC (Information, Education and Communication) material for awareness campaigns against COVID-19.

The material would create awareness about safety measures such as regular washing of hands, maintaining social distancing and other directives issued by the Union Health Ministry and respective State Health Departments. In addition, these initiatives are also geared towards ensuring that no person goes hungry, irrespective of their socio-economic background.

Emphasizing the need for local self-governments to rise up to the occasion, Dr. W.R. Reddy, Director General, NIRDPR, said “As part of the constitutional mandate, the Panchayats are familiar with the preparation of Gram Panchayat Development Plans (GPDP). The GPDP has been an important element of ‘low cost’ or ‘no cost’ development initiatives which have transformed many Panchayats into progressive developed islands across the country. The present crisis of Covid-19 can be tackled by such measures using sheer imagination and passionate leadership of the Gram Panchayats.”

“There could be number of households in each Panchayat area where the migrant families have come back from urban centers would lack any resources for sustenance for this long period, as their livelihoods may depend on daily earnings. We need to focus on them too,” added Dr. Reddy, while pointing out that a system has to be created, where all needy families will need to be provided with food or rations for their sustenance.


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