supplement governmental efforts and to offer the rural poor, choices and alternatives. This emphasis continued till Ninth five year plan.
Recognizing the important catalytic role played by the voluntary sector in the socio -economic
development of people particularly those living in the un-served areas, one of the major strategies of the Tenth Plan was to promote voluntary action in far-flung and inaccessible remote rural and city slums as they are the only medium to reach the un-reached. The voluntary organizations in the State, are being encouraged in the field of Education, Technical Education, Health, U.P. Health Systems Development Project, Family Planning, Women and Child Welfare, Watershed, Diversification of Agriculture Project, Bhumi Sudhar Nigam, Forest Department, State Drinking Water and Sanitation, Social Welfare, Labour
Welfare, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj during the Tenth Plan .
Strategy for Annual Plan (2010-11)
The role of civil society organizations (CSO) is strengthening the capacity of PRIs. In addition to
capacity building, many CSOs have a proven track record in implementing programmes at the grass roots level and they have shown impressive results. Recognizing their role, it is proposed to encourage
partnerships between CSOs and Panchayati Raj Institutions.
Active involvement of NGOs assisting the PRIs has proved to be very effective in many cases and
efforts should be made in the annual plan to encourage such involvement. There is a case for earmarking a small portion (say 1%) of the budget provision for CSOs to be utilized by the ministry of Panchayati Raj in Community development programmes to support District Planning Committees (DPCs) where these have been constituted. Outlay and expenditure for 11th Plan as well as for Annual Plan 2009-10 and proposed
outlay for Annual Plan 2010-11 is given at Annexure-3.
The VOs should adopt appropriate standards of accountability & transparency to maintain their
integrity. The Government Departments should also to be more transparent while dealing with Voluntary Sector. And finally organizations like CAPART, NIPCCD, CSWB, NABARD etc. that who are dealing
with the Voluntary Sector should bring about convergence and synergy in their efforts.
In U.P., Manpower Planning Division, Planning Department is evolving a policy to empower the
voluntary organizations through a special support mechanism to play their due role in achieving common development role. In this policy focus will be to create replicable models of NGO-led development and
NGO-delivered services that do not depend on Governmental intervention for growth.
There are three most important contributions of VOs in national as well as in state development,
viz. innovation, empowerment and research & advocacy.
Women have, therefore, to play a key role in changing and altering existing power structures as
equal partners and managers. Civil society provides a space for innovating such new approaches. Enlarging this space on behalf of the poor is a key responsibility for Government and civil society working together
as equals and U.P. govt. is looking forward in this direction.
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