Strengthening of Gram Sabhas and Village Panchayats

Himalaya Seva Sangh is guided by the Gandhian Principles and values of ‘Gram Swaraj’ (Village Self Rule) and is committed to promote democracy at the grass root levels so that the poorest of the poor is taken care of and are involved while implementing any Development Program. Himalaya Seva Sangh believes that the fruits of development can perculate to the last person in the Indian villages only if the village Panchayats are strengthened and Gram Sabhas empowered in the real sense in our society.

The challenges and problems faced by the Himalayan communities can be dealt with in an appropriate manner only if the village communities collectively decide to think and work for finding solutions. Himalaya Seva Sangh feels that Gandhiji’s Gram Swaraj or Village self rule can come in real terms in the villages only if the Gram Sabha, Panchayats and the community at large is animated, motivated and prepared to build a society where there is no discrimination on the basis of class, caste, creed or religion and collective decisions are taken to build community enterprise and farming in the mountain communities or the Himalayan villages. Himalaya Seva Sangh with the support of other partner Gandhian Organization and activists has been making efforts in this direction. Committed and selfless Gandhian workers have been supported by Himalaya Seva Sangh to work for strengthening Gram Sabhas and Village Panchayats while taking up various social and development program in the Himalayan communities.

By strengthening Gram Sabhas in the Himalayan region Himalaya Seva Sangh is –

  • Activating the various committees like education, health, Water and Forest.

  • Developing community enterprise and generate employment at the Village level.

  • Ensuring that True Education reaches to all section of society in a village liberating the communities from the clutches of caste and class discrepancies.

  • Working for the emancipation and empowerment of women and the downtrodden.

  • Initiating land reforms with the active participation of the entire village community so that there is no landless or bonded labour in the Himalayan communities.

  • Strengthening Farming, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry with necessary modern technological inputs and community participation.

  • Developing a strong co-operative movement of village Panchayats.

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