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Mokhada Vikas Jansamvad
On April 19, 2022, AROEHAN facilitated the dialogue between 150 local people with government agencies, people’s representatives, local Z.P. Members, and corporators of Mokhada Nagar Panchayat. The organizations such as NGOs working for the people and their holistic development of the Mokhada taluka were also present.
AROEHAN laid out the current state of the development of Mokhada taluka followed by opinions and experiences shared by known organizations such as Action Against Hunger and Vayam. The local people used this platform to share issues that are as small as ANM, doctors’ and nurses’ absenteeism in the PHCs and sub-centers, and as big as the unavailability of different types of equipment and ambulance in the Rural hospital. Many of the Pada Samiti members shared how they have strengthened their village. The issues mentioned include water for drinking and agriculture, ineffective implementation of NREGA, sonography services at Mokhada Rural Hospital should be available to all patients at least 3 days a week full time, basic facilities should be available at public health services, basic facilities in schools and the adequate number of trained teachers for quality education. There is a need to facilitate easy distribution of ration, provision of small bridges, roads, and proper implementation of the Forest Rights Act and PESA Act. Also, the most outspoken issue in the spotlight is the design and implementation of policies taking into account migration due to the non-availability of employment at the local level and inadequate piped water schemes that should be completed expeditiously.
The taluka has perennial water sources like Madhya Vaitarna Dam, Wagh Project, Khoch Dam as well as Wagh River, Pinjal River, Amlechi River, Deobandh River. Due to lack of water management and planning, people face severe water scarcity every year. The gap between people and government is widening day by day due to a lack of communication and poor and very slow response from the governing machinery. The objective and expectation from this Jansamvaad is to accelerate the process of addressing the local issues and providing quick responses from the government offices.