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Empowering communities: A new chapter in sustainable development

Updated: Jun 10

Budget Special


Last November, Verite Research shared a significant proposal highlighted in the budget presentation for 2024, aligning with the core ASI objectives in enhancing public participation in development projects. This proposed initiative, holds the promise of transforming the landscape of public involvement in development.


National Janasabha: A Revolutionary Step Towards Community-Led Development


One of the key proposals outlined in the budget is the introduction of the National Janasabha, a system designed to revolutionize the process of resource allocation at the national level. This initiative aims to identify and address unsolved development needs at the grassroots level, with a focus on empowering communities to shape their own destinies.


Key features of the National Janasabha system


  1. Community-led decision-making: The proposed Janasabha system places the decision-making power in the hands of the people. Through coordinated efforts with public representatives from respective areas, communities will collectively determine their development priorities.


  1. Inclusivity beyond boundaries: This initiative transcends political affiliations, racial boundaries, and religious distinctions. It ensures that every voice, irrespective of background, is heard and contributes to the development discourse.


  1. Youth empowerment: Notably, the National Janasabha presents a unique opportunity for the youth to actively engage in the development process. Young individuals from villages can directly contribute to shaping the future of their communities.


A call to action: Allocation of resources


To facilitate the successful implementation of the National Janasabha, a proposal has been made to allocate Rs. 700 million for the establishment of the National Janasabha Secretariat. This central coordinating body will play an important role in ensuring seamless communication, collaboration, and execution of the community-led development initiatives.


Looking Ahead: Anticipated Implementation


The proposed initiative is expected to be rolled out from 2024 onwards. This timeline aligns with the ASI's commitment to sustainable and inclusive development practices.


As we eagerly await the decision on this transformative proposal, let us collectively celebrate the potential of the National Janasabha to strengthen the fabric of community-led development in our nation.

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