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IGPR & GVS Launches the First PRI Training Material in Braille

The introductory training book was launched at the National Stakeholders Conference on Localisation of Sustainable Development Goals at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on April 15, 2022.
April 15, 2022
PRI Training material in Braille
(From left) Dr Roderico H Ofrin, Representative to India – WHO, Shri Sunil Kumar, Secretary, MoPR, Dr Sumi Gupta, Director, Tatsat Foundation and Shri Ravi Shankar Shrivastav, DG, IGPRS Rajasthan unveiled the book with other dignitaries

Indira Gandhi Panchayati Raj & Gramin Vikas Sansthan (IGPR & GVS), Government of Rajasthan, Government of India, in collaboration with the Tatsat Foundation, today announced the launch of a series of training material for the benefit of People with Disabilities (PwD) in Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI).

The introductory training book in Braille was launched to provide greater accessibility and all-inclusivity to PwD at the National Stakeholders Conference on Localisation of Sustainable Development Goals, held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, in the presence of Shri Ravi Shankar Shrivastav DG IGPRS, Jaipur, Rajasthan, Dr Roderico H Ofrin, Representative to India – WHO, Shri Sunil Kumar, Secretary, MoPR, Shri Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary MoH&FW, Dr Chandra Shekhar Kumar Additional Secretary, MoPR, Smt. Rekha Yadav, Joint Secretary, MoPR, and other senior officials of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India, Tatsat Foundation and IGPR & GVS, Government of Rajasthan, among others.

On this occasion, Rekha Yadav, Joint Secretary, MoPR, said, “As a signatory to the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development, India is committed to implementing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across the country. The SDG slogan, ‘Leave no one behind, is our effort to promote universal access to health care along with economic, social and environmental security for all. In the wake of regional and global partnerships, and the country’s commitment to the slogan, MoPR steps into the Decade of Action across India, and will continue to work collaboratively with all domestic and global stakeholders including Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI) towards furthering its goal of accessibility and inclusivity for all,  in order to accelerate efforts for a sustainable planet for future generations”.

Speaking on the occasion, Ravi Srivastava, DG IGPRS, Jaipur, Rajasthan, said, “This initiative by IGPR &GVS will be a watershed in the empowerment of PwDs and functionaries not only in Rajasthan but across India. Rajasthan is the torchbearer in this respect and we look forward to furthering the task of implementation of SDGs in Rajasthan effectively.”

The government of India and the Government of Rajasthan have initiated a resource centre, to build a rich repository of training material, rules and regulations, and notifications among others in Braille, NVDA and sign languages, for the benefit of and use by the public officials of PRIs and rural development. The resource centre will be used for training, orientation and work processes will be available under open access for use by public officials and various stakeholders for the capacity building in the task of programmes under the PRIs across India.

On this occasion, Dr Sumi Gupta, Director, of Tatsat Foundation, said, “The pledge to leave no one behind (LNOB) is the central, transformative promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It represents a commitment by all UN Member States. The key objective is to eradicate poverty, end discrimination and exclusion, and reduce inequalities and vulnerabilities. The Braille project by IGPR & GVS in collaboration with Tatsat Foundation is a concerted effort to identify and lift up those who are furthest behind first, by promoting greater inclusivity for PwDs into the mainstream of Panchayati Raj system across India”.

The first training book in the series of Braille books themed The 73rd Amendment and Panchayati Raj Institutions is in English and Hindi along with Braille. The organisations will launch more books on other key subjects and Indian languages for the localisation of Sustainable Development Goals for the fulfilment of Agenda 2030. The introductory training book in Braille includes chapters on the 73rd Amendment, Roles and Responsibilities, and Structure of Panchayati Raj, among others. Besides the Braille training book, the contents of the training manual will also be accessible in Non-Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) and sign language.

Jyoti Verma

The writer is a media professional based in Delhi. She has been writing on diverse subjects, including sustainable businesses, environment and climate change, health and education and others.