On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Mission Samriddhi is proud to facilitate the launch of India Panchayat Forum (IPF) at Gandhi Ashram, Sewagram in Wardha. IPF is designed to be an independent, non-partisan, pan-India, multi-stakeholder forum to catalyse the strengthening of Panchayati Raj Institutions.
Initiated by stalwarts in Panchayati Raj like S. M. Vijayanand IAS (Retd.),ex-Chief Secretary, Government of Kerala, Dr. W.R.Reddy, Director General, National Institute of Rural Development &Panchayati Raj and supported by corporate leaders like Arun Jain, Chairman & Managing Director, Intellect Design Arena, Yogesh Andlay, an IIT alumni and founding member of several well-known organisations, IPF is a collaborative effort that includes grass-root social impact organisations such as but not limited to PRADAN, SulochanaThaparFoundation and Anode Governance Labs.
IPF would also include well-known practitioners such as Dr. Chandrashekar Pran (TeesariSarkar Abhiyan), Dr Kishor Moghe (Gramin SamassyaMukti Trust), Dr. Upma Diwan (IRA), Popatrao Pawar(Sarpanch, Hiware Bazaar) and Elango Rangaswamy (TVG). IPF, with representatives from UP, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, MP, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Jammu already on board will aim to have representation from all states and UTs of India.
IPF membership is open to Indian registered entities and individuals that work or are interested to work in strengthening PRIs. Such members can be from, (but not limited to) Local Government Associations, NGO/CSO, CBO, Corporates/CSR, Foundations, Media, Academic institutes, Government and Autonomous bodies.
IPF aims to achieve its mission to:
- Celebrate the impactful work happening on the ground
- Connect and strategically engage stakeholders
- Catalyse the promotion and sharing of development experiences
In addition, IPF will focus to harness the strength and reach of the Government, curate and research for deeper insights, reorient volunteerism, amplify voices at micro/macro levels and leverage cost-effective replicable technology to further its vision and mission.