Working Groups for the Eleventh Five Year Plan (2007-2012)

Gender Issues, Panchayati Raj Institutions, Public Private Partnership, Innovative Finance and Micro Finance in Agriculture

Dated 8th August, 2006

In pursuance of P.C. Division U.O. No. N-11016/4/2005-PC dated 21st December, 2005, it has been decided to set up a Working Group on Gender Issues, Panchayati Raj Institutions, Public Private Partnership, Innovative Finance and Micro Finance in Agriculture in the context of preparation of Xlth Plan.

2.  The composition of the Working Group is as under:


Dr. Indira Hirway, Director and Professor of Economics, Centre for Development Alternatives, E-71 Akash, Near Chief Justice's Bunglow, Bodakdev, Ahemdabad, Gujarat. Telefax No. 079-26844240.






Secretary,  Department of Women  and  Child Development, Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi-110001. Tel. No. 011-23383586, Fax No. 011-23381495.

- Member


Shri A.K. Agarwal, Joint Secretary (Extension), Department Agriculture and Cooperation, Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi. Telefax No. 011-23381045.

- Member


Shri D. P. Roy, Joint Secretary (Land Reforms) Department of Land Resources, CGO Complex,  New Delhi. Telefax No. 011-24362396.

- Member


Shri Sukumar Das, Principal Secretary Land and Land Reforms Department, Government  of West Bengal, Writers'  Building, Kolkata - 700001.  Tel. No. 033-22144022, Fax No. 033-22143267.

- Member


Shri A. Ramaswami, Principal Secretary (Agriculture) and Member, State Land Use Board, Government of Karnataka, Bangalore. Tel. No. 080-22250284, Fax No. 080-22251420.

- Member


Shri R. K. Khanna, Chief Engineer, (R and R), Central Water Commission, Sewa Bhavan, R. K. Puram, New Delhi-110066. Telefax No. 011-26106849.

- Member


Secretary, Agriculture, Government of Jharkhand, Ranchi. Tel. No. 0651-2490578, Fax No. 0651-2490940.

- Member


Prof. D.K. Marothia,  Head, Department of Agricultural and Natural Resources Economic, Indira Gandhi Agricultural University, 19, Professers' Colony, Krishak Nagar, Raipur- 492006. Tel. No. 0771-442705/442709

- Member


Prof. M. V. Rao, Former Vice Chancellor, A.P. Agricultural University. Tel. No. 040-27097018, Fax No. 040-27098148.

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Mrs.  Sneh  Lata  Kumar, Executive Director,  Rashtriya Mahila Kosh, Deptt. of Women and Child Development, Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi. Tel. No. 011-23354619, Fax No. 011-23354621.

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Dr. Hema Pandey, National Research Centre for Women in Agriculture, Bhubaneshwar-751003, Orissa. Tel. No. 0674-2600947, Fax No. 0674-2301651.



Prof.  Aasha  Kapur  Mehta,  Indian  Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi. Fax No. 011-23702440.

- Member


Prof. Kanchan  Chopra,  Indian  Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi University, Delhi-110007. Tel. No. 011-27667260, Fax No. 011-27662529.

- Member


Representative of the DG, NSSO, Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi. Fax No. 011-23742026.

- Member


Smt. Manju Kumari, Secretary, SHG Federation, ATMA, Near Collectorate Building, Fort Area, Munger-811201, Bihar. Tel. No. 06344-6607, Fax No. 06344-8067.



Ms. Mamta Shankar, Director , National Commission on Farmers, Department  of Agriculture  and   Cooperation, Government of India, NASC Complex, 2nd floor, Dev Prakash Shastri.Marg, Opp. Tadapur Village, PUSA,  New Delhi-110012. Tel.  No.  011-25869324,  Fax No.  011-25869319.

- Member


Smt. Sneh  Wadhwa, Former-Joint  Director,  Women Programme,  Ministry of Agriculture, A 98 Sector 41, NOIDA, Gautam Buddha Nagar District, U.P. Tel. No. 95120-4340626.

- Member

II. Panchayati Raj Institution  


Shri B.K. Sinha, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj Institutions, Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi. Tel No. 011-23074386, Fax No. 011-23074387.



Shri Vijayanand, Principal Secretary, Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Local Self Government, Government of Kerala. Telefax No. 0471-2320311.

- Member


Dr. M.N. Roy, Secretary, Deptt. of Panchayats and Rural Development, Govt, of West Bengal, Jessop House, 63, Netaji Subhash Road, Kolkata-700001. Tel. No. 033-22145656, Fax No. 033-22143001.

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Director General, NIRD, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad-500030. Tel. No. 040-21560232

- Member


Dr. G. Perumal, Former Director (Extension), TNAU, 19, Vivekananda  Street,  P.N. Pudur,  Coimbatore-641041. Tel No. 0422-2243030.

- Member

III. Public - Private - Partnership.  


Dr. (Mrs.) Rita Sharma, FA, ICAR and Planning Commission, Yojana Bhawan, New Delhi. Tel No. 011-23384360.

- Member


Shri Ajay Bhattacharya, Joint Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi. Tel. No. 011-23381994, Fax No. 011-23070370.

- Member


Secretary,  Department of Agriculture, Government of Tripura. Tel. No. 0381-2326040.

- Member


Shri Amardeep Singh Cheema, Director, Punjab Agro Foodgrains Corporation Limited, 2-A, Sector-28-A, Madhya Marg,  Chandigarh-160002.  Fax  No. 0172-2657398.

- Member


Shri M.C. Gopinathan, GM, EID Parry, 145, Devenahalli Road,  Bangalore-506049. Tel  No.  080-28472001,  Fax No. 080-28472565.

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Dr. C. D. Mayee, Former-Agriculture Commissioner and Vice-Chancellor, PKV, Akola and Chairman, ASRB, Pusa New Delhi - 110012. Tel No. 011-25843295, Fax No. 011-25846540.

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Smt. Rugmini Parmar, Director, Plan Finance-II Division, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, North Block, New Delhi.


IV. Innovative Finance  


Shri C.V.S.K. Sarma, Principal Secretary, Agriculture Department, Govt, of Andhra Pradesh, L Block, Floor 8th, Secretariat, Hyderabad. Tel. No. 040-23452269, Fax No. 040-23457086.



Secretary, Agriculture Department, Government of Uttaranchal,  Secretariat, 4 Subhash Marg, Dehradun -248 001. Tel. No. 0315-2652452, Fax No. 0135-2652495.



Dr. A.K.  Krishankumar, Senior Vice-President, IL and FS, Mehendra Tower, Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi-110066. Fax No. 011-26717051.

- Member


Shri A.K. Garg, Managing Director, Agriculture Finance Corporation Ltd., Dhanraj Mahal, 1st Floor, CSM Marg, Mumbai-400001. Tel. No. 022-22026771, Fax No. 022-22028966.

- Member


Dr. R.P. Singh, Former,  Vice  Chancellor, Maharana Pratap University ' of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur, Rajasthan. B 5/5 Vinaykhand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow-226010. Telefax No.522-2393657.

- Member


Dr.  V.V.  Sadamate,  Yojana  Bhawan,  Adviser (Agriculture), Planning Commission.

- Member


Shri S. S. Acharya , Executive Director, NABARD, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Bandra (East), Mumbai 400 051. Fax No. 022-26520199.

- Member Secretary

3. T he Terms of Reference (ToR) of the Working Group will be as follows:

  1. To undertake a critical review of the existing approach, strategies, priorities, institutional arrangements, on-going policies, access to resources (land including land rights, credit etc.), gender concerns in re-settlement of PAPs and empowerment of women in agriculture.
  2. To reviews the progress of schemes/measures for empowerment of women in agriculture and suggest continuance/dis-continuance/improvements in design/convergence of the on-going programmes and effective inter-sectoral integration during the XI Five Year Plan.
  3. To review the recent initiative of gender budgeting and outcome budget for empowerment of women in agriculture and suggest measures, if any, for their further improvement.
  4. To review and learn from the Non-Governmental Sector about their successful gender friendly innovations, approaches and strategies and to suggest ways and means to promote adoption of the same in Government sector.
  5. To review and assess the availability and utility of gender disaggregated data on women in agriculture and suggest measures for effective generation of needed data.
  6. To review and assess the role of and the present involvement of Panchayati Raj Institutions/Local Self Government Bodies and NGOs in the implementation of agricultural development programmes and suggest measures for making them more effective so as to augment of services to the farmers.
  7. To identify areas in agriculture and allied areas, suggest mechanism for sharing resources/operations and work out modalities to up-scale successful experiences for public-private-partnership (PPP).
  8. To consider the trends and performance of innovative micro-finance, problems faced by the farmers in accessing micro-finance and suggest measures to make micro-finance programmes more effective, enhancing their outreach.

4. The Working Group may co-opt any other official/ non-official expert/ representative of any organization as member(s), if required.

5. The Working Group may examine and address issues which are important but are not specifically spelt out in the ToR. The Working Group may devise its own procedures for conducting its business including meetings.

6. The expenditure of the members on TA/DA in connection with the meetings of the Working Group will be borne by the Ministry/ Department/ State Government to which they belong. In case of non-officials, the TA/DA will be borne by the Planning Commission as admissible to the Class/ Officers of the Government of India.

7. The secretariat support for the Working Group would be provided by the NABARD, Mumbai/ New Delhi.

8. The Working Group will submit its Interim Report by September, 2006 and final by October,2006.

9. Shri Daljeet Singh, Director (Agriculture Division), Room No.466 Yojana Bhawan, New Delhi-110001, will be the nodal officer in Planning Commission for
this working group for all further communication. (Tel. No. 011-23036543, e-mail daljeet[at]nic[dot]in )