Friday, 12 October 2018
Umesh joins Village Social Transformation Mission Foundation
Umesh Jadhav (NIRMAN 5) from Nanded, have recently joined Maharashtra Village Social Transformation Mission as Mission Associate in the state team. He mainly oversees the monitoring – evaluation and data driven governance.
About Maharashtra Village Social Transformation Foundation (VSTF):
Maharashtra Village Social Transformation Foundation is a section 8 of the Company formed by Government of Maharashtra, partnering with CSR contributions from leading corporates. Its Mission is to transform 1000 villages in Maharashtra into Model Villages and create an inclusive growth model for scaling up. The Foundation envisions a holistic transformation, with emphasis on community participation that will achieve sustainable developmental. Chief Minister’s Rural Development Fellowship Program, under which a highly qualified fellow is deployed in each Gram Panchayat (GP) — comprising two-three villages — to bring about lasting change. Fellow lives in the village and works as catalyst in the overall village development process. Fellows as the ‘on-ground’ eyes and arms of the foundation, are responsible for ensuring localized planning, community participation and effective execution. They work with Panchayat, draft Village Development Plan (VDP) for each financial year and work to fulfill it. Two features make this project unique: a) The fellow is posted fully in a village b) Three partners – government, corporates & community is united to transform villages by sustainable development initiatives. Currently around 350 RDFs work across 700 villages spread in 19 districts.
Data driven decision making:
In recent times, there is huge buzz about data, its utilization in effective decision making & management. Data driven management involves decision making backed up by timely verified and analyzed data. Its important tool, not only for businesses but especially for government and development sector organizations where making most of limited resources is a key to maximizing success. Such governance is possible only if quality of data gathered is ensured. It is a long and at times complex process to collect, extract, format and analyze the data requiring full-time experts, which of course impacted the time required to take action. And it is not a onetime process. Interventions should be planned based on situational analysis of baseline data. These interventions need to be steered by continuously monitoring the key parameter indicators to achieve the desired results. Analysis of program data & continuously monitoring plays a huge part in effective program management.
Role and responsibility:
“My role is to setup effective monitoring & evaluation system to analyze the performance data for better and effective operational decisions. It involves field visits, working with government departments for data and follow-up. I have had worked in a corporate IT company and in a non-government organization. Working in MVSTF gives me opportunity to work with Government at state level. I think this exposure will enhance my understanding and give me valuable experience. It’s been only 2 months since I joined. It’s a demanding role and imposing new challenges every day. That’s what makes it more exciting.”
Umesh Jadhav, NIRMAN 5