India is a signatory of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030. Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India along with other ministries is committed to the achievement of SDGs. This is being aimed through the mandated capacitation of elected representatives for good governance through participatory local planning at Gram Panchayat level.
Among the 17 SDGs, 9 goals have been identified where it is possible to achieve the targets at the grassroots level. Those 9 goals are – Goal 1 (No Poverty), Goal 2 (Zero Hunger), Goal 3 (Good Health and well-being), Goal 4 (Quality Education), Goal 5 (Gender Equality), Goal 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), Goal 7 (Clean and Affordable Energy), Goal 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), Goal 10 (Reduced Inequalities), Goal 13 (Climate Action), Goal 14 (Life Below Water), Goal 15 (Life on Land) and Goal 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institution).
Localization of SDGs in rural India is to take root with the local self – governments – Panchayati Raj Institutions and community-based organizations. Taking a lead role, MoPR, and all Ministries joining together, there is a need to act on Localizing SDGs for achieving the objectives of SDGs in rural areas.
Local Self Government Department Kerala along with Kerala Institute of Local Administration – KILA hosted the workshop on “Theme 1 – No Poverty” at Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) from 14th to 16th of November 2022. The workshop was chaired by the respected Minister for Local Self Government, Kerala, MB Rajesh, and saw participation from the Secretaries of the Ministry of Panchyat Raj, and Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. Elected representatives of Panchayats and community leaders from across the country shared their experiences and best practices.
Kudumbashree – National Resource Organisation and Kudumbashree also used the platform to share the resources and best practices through the medium of exhibition. Kudumbashree NRO’s exhibition followed the story of an SHG Woman and her family based on “Theme 1 – No Poverty”. The story explores the possible avenues and support systems that are aimed at supporting the poor and the ultra-poor.
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