Jharkhand Social Watch released its first report in 2014 on 28th March 2014 at ATI, Kanke Road, Ranchi (Jharkhand) which was organized by SAFDAR. Jharkhand Social Watch focused on the “Performance of Panchayati Raj in Jharkhand.”
The report was released by Chief guest, president of NSW Shri Jagdananda (Former Information Commissioner Odisha) , Prof. Ramesh Saran, Laxmi kant sukla, Aloka Kujur and Nausad Aalam.
Shri Jagdanand while highlighting the importance of governance he also talked about the functioning of NSW.
The report clearly indicates that most of the powers mentioned in PESA are not applicable in Jharkhand. “Corporates and politicians are scared of ensuring all the rights to panchayat representatives regarding PESA,” a noted scholar of Ranchi University who is also the member of this citizen participatory organisation. He added, “This negligence had resulted to unawareness among the locals as well. A survey done last year, shows that only 15 percent population of tribal states like Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Assam and Odisha has detail knowledge on utilization of PESA.
Ministers and Corporate persons will fail to join hands for corruption if PESA is properly implemented in Jharkhand. Due to this reason both the sides are not interested in decentralization of PESA.” The findings of this social report mention that there are 22 important points of PESA of which 15 are missing from the Jharkhand Panchayat Amendment 2001.
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