What is Mission Antyodaya?

‘Mission Antyodaya’ seeks to converge government interventions with Gram Panchayats as the basic unit for planning by following a saturation approach by pooling resources – human and financial – to ensure sustainable livelihoods. It’s an initiative for rural transformation to make a real difference based on measurable outcomes in the lives of 1 crore households in 5,000 rural clusters across 50,000 GPs in 1,000 days. Mission Antyodaya encourages partnerships with networks of professionals , institutions, and enterprises to further accelerate the transformation of rural livelihoods.

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What is VIF doing?

Vision India Foundation has partnered with National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj (NIRD&PR) in the implementation of the first phase of Mission Antyodaya for preparation of Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) which is going to be implemented in those GP clusters going forward. It is a unique initiative to involve young professionals to assist selected GP clusters for preparation of an implementable plan of action i.e. GPDP through stakeholder consultations, assessment of various problems faced by such GP clusters, prioritize problems to be solved and frame solutions through preparation of GPDP.

What is GPDP?

The XIVth Finance Commission (FFC) has created an opportunity for responsive local governance at the cutting edge institutional level of the Gram Panchayat. The guidelines issued by M/o Finance for the release and utilization of the local bodies grant stipulate that proper plans are to be prepared by the gram panchayats for the basic services within the functions devolved to them as per State laws before incurring expenditure under the FFC award. These annual plans which are to required to be prepared by the Gram Panchayats are known as Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP).

In the context of the Constitutional mandate, these plans have to be participatory plans involving the community, particularly the gram sabha, in the formulation of priorities and projects and will also have to ensure the mandates of social justice and economic development mentioned in Article 243G. The GPDP will have to have a clear component addressing vulnerabilities of poor and marginalised people and their livelihood opportunities through an integrated poverty reduction plan that converges with the labour budgeting and projectisation exercises under MGNREGS as well.

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Who is going to prepare GPDP?

While the responsibility for preparation, review and approval of the GPDP formally rests with the Panchayat raj Institutions (PRIs) and its officers through participation of the Gram Sabha, it has been often observed that lack of capability at the ground level results in a plan which is far away from reality, being too aspirational or not realistically implementable. Therefore, in order to bridge this deficit and as a measure of capacity building at the grassroots, it is envisaged that young professionals with good academic standing and prior work experience are going to assist the existing PRIs in preparation of GPDP in lines with Ministry’s guidelines, through wide-ranging stakeholder consultations, assessment of real challenges faced by the GPs and realistic solutions within the existing resources.

What is the role of Project Monitoring Unit?

The PMU would engage with various stakeholders for ensuring assistance to 50 GP Clusters in preparation of the GPDP. This would be achieved through coordination and engaging with PRIs in the GP clusters, young professionals to be deployed at the ground level, seeking support from various corporates and other stakeholders. There would be constant guidance, support and monitoring both from NIRD&PR and VIF. Project Associates in the PMU would work with officials both in public and private sector. They also engage with volunteers and locals, which would be a unique experience working both in top-down and bottom-up approach towards the implementation of Mission Antyodaya.

How to apply?

Candidates should apply through our online application.

What is the eligibility?

We accept people from all educational backgrounds. Applicant should have a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university and should have at least one-year work experience in the corporate sector. It is desirable, that the applicant has also relevant experience in working in the rural area. In rare and exceptional cases, we do shortlist applicants who do not meet these requirements.

Will the Project Associates be paid?

Yes. We take care of the costs so that you can focus on making an impact. The role offers a consolidated remuneration of Rs. 40,000 per month. No other perks or perquisites over and above the remuneration is provided for.

What is the duration of engagement of Project Associates?

Project Associates will be engaged as fixed term contractual consultants for a period of 11 months only and there is no provision for extension of the tenure of the assignment under any circumstances. Also, Project Associates are in no way engaged or employed as Government servants and do not hold any posts to any Government organization whatsoever.

Who will pay for my accommodation and other expenses?

Project Associates (PMU) would be working at NIRD&PR, Hyderabad. Food, accommodation and official travel expenses would be taken care by NIRD&PR.

Is there any age limit?

It is desirable to have Project Associates in PMU aged between 21 and 28.

How many leaves are Project Associates entitled to?

Project Associates are entitled to a maximum of 10 leaves per year.

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