Good Rural Governance provides individual citizens and the leaders of village-level institutions with knowledge, skills, and confidence to become informed, active self-advocates for the development of their communities.
Citizen participation leads to better delivery of public services.
Sushasan Abhi (Good Governance Now!) is an initiative designed to enable villagers to understand their rights, learn how to access public services, and participate with government officials in addressing and solving local problems.
Sushasan Abhi works on the following key themes, all of which aim at empowering villagers to be champions of change to drive their own development.
Strengthening Village-Level Institutions is a complementary initiative designed to enhance the responsiveness, accountability, and transparency of the village councils and committees by providing leadership skills, trainings, and interventions for facilitating the effective delivery of key government services.
In Devla Nangla village, Nuh, Haryana, the public distribution system (PDS) depot holder denied rations to most families, saying that their details were not available online, so many of the people did not receive adequate food. With support from the foundation’s Citizen Information and Support Center (CISC), Aas Mohammad filed a Right to Information (RTI) application with the Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department, and came to know that his name was on the online list. He then filed a complaint at the Chief Minister’s office, and the government initiated a vigilance enquiry, conducting a raid at the depot holder’s house. It was found that the depot holder was siphoning off the food grains, so his license was terminated. “Timely action by Aas solved the woes of many of us facing this problem,” says Ali Sher.
Sehgal Foundation is expanding its Good Rural Governance initiative to reach more states.
*Data figures till March 2019.