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'Need to follow the concept of monitoring and evaluation to improve the system at grassroot level for rural development '
CJ | 28 Jan 2011

And here it is the place where I put this illustration which I observed spending the time in various remote tribal area of Rajasthan. When any person of higher authority or else one come for visit the remote area, villages and hamlets.

My sojourn’s of tribal/rural areas give me the vary experiences of keen observation through which I come across the inevitable realities it is about the rural visits of various higher authorities or officials to check the various aspect of tribal area or village development regarding the condition and growth of their respective areas.
 
And here it is the place where I put this illustration which I observed spending the time in various remote tribal area of Rajasthan. When any person of higher authority or else one come for visit the remote area, villages and hamlets.

A hazy vision created by the “karta –dharta’s” (Workers or those who represent the various document of that particular area/community) of that village and satisfied the visiting officer or any other authority. What is the real picture of that community or particular village it never gonna be reveal in front of any Alakaman (higher authorities/officials) and there will be no one who fear that any action will be taken against any wrongdoer.
 
No it’s not my statement it is the general criteria which I observe among the various karykarta’s (workers of Aganvadi, community workers of the NGO working in the prescribed area, field workers), Dealers (PDS dealer) of area, who represent their village at the time of cross-checking, sudden inspection by Ministers, officers or foreigner come to take a glance of these remote areas.

Why I used the word glance? Here I need everyone’s consideration which is the focal point of my observation, that everyone in the villages come for just to take a glance or for if he/she is a foreigner than photography and to capture the culture and color into their camcorder is the prominent work for the visitor and apart from this if Aalakamana’s pitch over there than there is a VIP facilities are become the part of their schedule.
 
No VIP have taken (or I can say ready to take) a initiative to give up their VIP facilities for while and put their step forward in the village to know the real situation of the people living there in a deteriorating situation, don’t talk about the two three days to wander to door to door in the village to know the real situation of the village but they do not even stop themselves to two –three hours over there. Oh may be I slip somewhere in knowledge. They have their own pre-schedule to where they have to stay to glance an area by their X-ray eyes.
 
(Who has a solid keen power to glance and everything come in front of them same as like an x-ray). And everything were perfect over there and entry feed into the data and document about the satisfactory condition of the village no one after such “mehman-nawaji” (hospitality) to bother about that whether the condition is created for them, is the real picture of that village/community?

But who bother about it? Collector’s and Deputy Collector have their visit once in a year with their pre-schedule time table. Only question arise here is, where and at which point they are giving preference to the common village abider or the person to whom they are there to visit or maybe send to visit under any project of government or any else.

Crossing through this observation process, I got only answer of this question; that the Kaman’s (handling) of these Aalakamana’s is hold by the same karta dharta’s of the village and serve by these people and they whole (‘w’)’hole’ heartedly serve in the courtesy of these VIP’s. This all the procedure and high tea session consume their pre-set time and they have to flutter from the place.

Now in this whole process as we all are able to see that where is the initiative of powered /authorized people has occurred and where is the possibility of grassroot level understanding show its appliance.

Well I am not the observer of anyone’s time schedule/ table. Because condition is same at all. I only mention this whole procedure of their working over here because it consist the main reason of gaping in understanding the community and its people at grassroot level. Where only our government lacks to understand the problems of the poor and marginalized people.

They don’t have such capacity to stand and to speak they are so feared from their past sufferings which does not make them even to speak and make even their mind dumb. That is the only reason they need someone for advocacy to speak for them. But some of the working officials are unable to understand their unexplainable condition and inspite of taking interest in them fling them and choke their voice at grassroot level.
 
This is only grassroot level initiative of choking the marginalized voice in which they are performing well. Otherwise in the rural areas no single person is acquainted with the any of the policy of government which is implemented by the government for their upliftent. Then what’s the use of such policy by which the beneficiaries himself/herself are not acquainted and benefited.

Through the whole scenario I only point out that there is demand of keen monitoring and evaluation of the ongoing projects for their upliftment or had been taken place in their respective villages.