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Resolutions adopted at the VDB & Communitisation conference
Published on 1 Dec. 2009 11:51 PM IST
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The two-day VDB & Communitisation conference held at Ganeshnagar, Dimapur on November 30 and December 1 concluded with numerous significant resolutions adopted by the participants of the representing the village councils, VDBs, VECs, VHCs, VEMBs & WATSAN. According to a statement issued by the additional chief secretary & development commissioner, Alemtemshi Jamir, who is also the chairman co-ordination committee VDB & Communitisation Conference 2009, the resolutions adopted included: Village Development Board (VDB) The VDB and the Communitised Committees shall not be used in any political platforms and shall not be involved in any political controversies The VDB and the Communitised Committees shall provide accurate and transparent information on all statistics pertaining to their villages We the participants rededicate ourselves to work for the betterment of our people Village Education Committee (VEC) We will not allow any proxy teacher in our schools All children will be sent to school We will identify all children with disabilities Preference should be given to trained persons for appointment Government shall take necessary action to provide adequate teachers and re-deployment shall be made from schools with excess teachers Teachers shall stay in place of posting and the community shall arrange accommodation for the teachers Water & Sanitation Committee (WATSAN) The resolutions adopted by the WATSAN Committees and the PHE included: The WATSAN Committees and PHE will together campaign for ending age old practice of “open-defecation” and that every household will construct at least one latrine, of its own by end of XI Plan (2011-2012) The WATSAN Committees and PHE will together campaign for making efforts to let every household construct the needed facility for “rain water harvesting” system with 20% contribution by beneficiary (GoI 60%, State 20% and beneficiary 20%). The State government to formulate a suitable programme for obtaining approval of GoI The State government to request GoI to extend the period grants to rural local bodies (12th Finance Commission Award or such similar grant) so that communitisation initiatives can be reinforced/stabilized/rooted Village Health Committee (VHC) We pledge to ensure for total immunization of all our children We pledge to re-enforce our Village Health & Sanitation programmes for a healthier Village Village Electricity Maintenance Board (VEMB) Many SPM meters are non functional. Resolved for Installation of SPM meters in all communitised villages 20% (of billed amount) is not adequate for many villages (especially for smaller villages). Resolved to propose to the government for honorarium payment to VEMBs as a measure of relief For O&M of the communitised villages, resolved to propose to the government for allocation of 10% revenue collected to the Power Department Existing field staff (both regular and W/C) strength is inadequate. Resolved to propose to the government for additional staff in the Department. Other resolutions adopted at the Plenary Session included: Every village shall maintain community reserve forests/community biodiversity conservation areas Every village shall revive and maintain village traditional water springs. The government should extend assistance in this effort Every village shall maintain Village Biodiversity Registers. The village communities shall control hunting and fishing for the purpose of conserving wildlife and biodiversity The village community shall ensure that there is no indiscriminate burning of jungles/forests Every village shall train at least 1 (one) person in the use of computer and IT for the purposes of e-governance Every village shall honestly and truthfully record the village population for Census 2011 The State level VDB & Communitisation Conference should be held once in three years.

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