PHOTO: SEPHI BERGERSON/UNDP INDIA29 October 2012, New Delhi – The Planning Commission and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a unique online portal http://www.nrcddp.org/ which brings together all the necessary guidelines and best practice processes required for undertaking participatory decentralized planning at district, block and village levels.
This portal will primarily function as a knowledge and information exchange gateway for policy makers, planners and practitioners engaged in decentralized planning. It will also provide a window on research, good practices, innovations, news, events and data on decentralized district planning and local governance at regional and global levels.
While over the last two decades, the 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendments have accorded greater constitutional status to urban and rural local governments, a number of challenges remain in ensuring the success of decentralized district planning in the country.
A key challenge is to develop knowledge and capacities of functionaries of panchayat and municipal bodies at district and state levels with regards to Acts, rules and guidelines on decentralized planning and governance; capacity development frameworks; technical approaches useful to enable decentralize planning; and good practices and learnings that are emerging from around the country.
As India enters the 12th Five-Year Plan period, where decentralized planning and governance are viewed seen as cross-cutting processes across programmes and public services, the portal aims to ensure decentralized planning and development management is knowledge-driven and dynamic
The portal was released by Shri Mihir Shah, Member Planning Commission and Lise Grande, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, India in the presence of senior representatives from state governments, and other UN agencies. It focuses on seven states – Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
The portal is run by the National Resource Cell for Decentralized District Planning (NRCDPP), a joint initiative by the Planning Commission and UNDP as part of the Government of India-United Nations Joint Programme on Convergence which promotes decentralized and convergent planning and development in the country.
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