Regional Conference on Strengthening of PESA concluded in Ranchi.

It was organized by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India. The two days conference  concluded in Ranchi today with focus on the strengthening and effective implementation of The Provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996, popularly known as the PESA Act. 

The Regional Conference held on 4 – 5 March, garnered significant momentum towards the targeted implementation of PESA. 

In his address during the valedictory session of the Two-Day PESA Regional Conference in Ranchi, Vivek Bharadwaj, Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj,emphasized the Government's commitment to prioritize the implementation of schemes like PM–JANMAN Yojana in saturation mode.


He stressed the importance of ensuring uninterrupted delivery of benefits of government schemes to all the eligible beneficiaries.

Bharadwaj urged the participants to internalize the Prime Minister's inspirational words "यही समय है, सही समय है" and translate them into concrete actions for PESA implementation. 

Reflecting on the insights gathered over the two-day PESA Conference, Shri Bharadwaj emphasized the need for practical solutions and sensitivity in addressing challenges. He highlighted the importance of regular communication and collaboration among various Departments and stakeholders for effective implementation of PESA. 

Bharadwaj also announced plans for a National Conference on PESA in the presence of political leadership to further advance the agenda of PESA.  

He reiterated the importance of effectively implementing and strengthening The Provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act (PESA). He emphasized the need for coordinated efforts to ensure the benefits of PESA reach the tribal and deprived sections of society. 

The participants left the valedictory session filled with enthusiasm and hope, anticipating positive changes at the grassroots level as a result of their collective efforts. 

A call to action was made, highlighting the crucial role of civil society organizations and NGOs in ensuring compliance with the PESA Act. 

Dr. Chandra Shekhar Kumar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Dr. Rajeev Arun Ekka, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Panchayati Raj, Government of Jharkhand, Smt. Mamta Varma, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj and Smt. Nesha Oraon, Director, Department of Panchayati Raj, Government of Jharkhand,were present during the deliberations held on the second day of the PESA Regional Conference at Ranchi, Jharkhand. 

Engaging discussions on (i) Role of Non-Government Stakeholders in strengthening implementation of PESA and (ii) Enforcement of Forest Rights Act in PESA areas were the highlights of the concluding day of the Regional Conference to help facilitating knowledge-sharing among participants, fostering commitment towards achieving the objectives of PESA. 

Insightful presentations on various aspects of PESA implementation offered valuable insights and actionable recommendations. Case studies and success stories from different regions provided inspiration and guidance for participants seeking to enhance their own efforts. 

The Ministry of Panchayati Raj's initiative to convene all concerned Departments, Panchayat representatives and stakeholders on a single platform demonstrated its commitment to PESA Act implementation. 

The two editions of the Regional Conferences held in Pune and Ranchi showcased the seriousness and determination of stakeholders across the ten PESA states.

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