Celebrations Of Local Self-Government Day By All India Institute Of Local Self Governance

Bhubneswar:  It is a fact that in the earlier phase of freedom struggle, the goal was to achieve self-government. This was realized when the British Government passed the Government of India Act, 1919, under which elections were held all over the Provinces and Indians took the reins of local government institutions. Thus, self-governance first came through these bodies. As such, historically, self-government was a precursor to Independence. During the early 1920s, when the working of these institutions came in for criticism, some dedicated individuals, came together to offer training and other support services to the municipalities. Thus,  the All India Institute of Local Self-Government, at that time known as the Local Self-Government Institute, started off as an initiative of some dedicated intellectuals to fill the vacuum of training and advisory support  to the municipalities and their elected members, officers and staff in the then Bombay Province in 1926. It had other objectives of being a Centre of information and advice to local self-governing institutions, to provide a platform to the local bodies by organizing conferences on the issues facing these bodies, to be a mouth-piece of the local self-governing bodies, to represent to government their problems and to take up other measures necessary for the furtherance of the interests of local self-government and for the promotion of efficient administration in these institutions. The Institute filled a gap that then existed and worked as a mentor and guide to the urban local bodies also being their spokesman. This attracted attention at the national level and with the initiatives of leading personalities including cabinet ministers at the Centre, the Local Self-Government Institute for the Bombay Province became the All India Institute of Local Self-Government. Institute performing multifarious rolesAll India Institute of Local Self-Government (Estd.1926) is now performing many roles which includes promoting local self-government practices, conducting academic and skill development courses for the youth, imparting training and capacity building to the members and personnel of municipal bodies, providing project consultancy, doing research on urban and environment related matters, working for betterment of urban management, providing advocacy for empowerment of women, engaging in poverty alleviation programmes of the Govt. of India, and bringing out research and thematic publications. The Institute is a pioneer in the Sanitary Inspectors’ Diploma course, the Local Self-Government Diploma and Local Government Service Diploma. Over the decades, the Institute

has diversified its educational and training activities by starting various specialized institutions including  the Regional Centre for Urban & Environmental Studies sponsored by the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, National Fire Academy, Vadodara, Nursing College and Research Centre, Vadodara, etc. The Institute conducts thematic conferences and seminars at state, national and international level. The Institute conducts its educational and training activities through 28 Regional Centres and specialized institutions across India. The Institute has a vast knowledge resource base and with a view to provide quality education and training it has linkages with various State Governments, Government of India, national and international bodies/universities.Celebrating Founders DayDuring its history, the Institute has benefitted from many distinguished persons. Late Mr. C.D. Barfiwala was a very versatile person, who held many high positions including the Member of Legislative Council and head of various committees constituted by the Government. He joined the Institute in 1930 and was at the helm of affairs for 36 years, during which he led the Institute to a great height of achievement. His contribution and record is glorious and has been an inspiration for the office-bearers that succeeded him. The Institute stands out as his shining memorial. His birthday which falls on 31 August is celebrated as the Local Self-Government Day by the Institute. Program Details :-Plantation:- Morning 6.30am to 8am, 70+ saplings planted around the campusBlood Donation Camp:- 9am to 1.30pm, 54 blood units collectedPoster making Competition & Essay writing on Cleanliness: – 10am to 1pm, more than 30 participants were there.List Of Guests1. ShriSangramjitNayak (OAS), Director Municipal Administration, H&UD Department – Chief Guest2. ShriSarada Prasad Panda(OAS), Additional Director, State Urban Development Agency3. ShriAnanta Narayan Jena, Hon’bleMayor,BBSR4. Dr.Krishan Kumar (IAS),Commissioner,BMC5. G.MathiVathanan(IAS), Secretary,H&UD Department6. Durga Prasad Mohapatra(OAS),Additional Secretary ,H&UD Department7. Ms. MansiNimbhal (IAS),Additional Commissioner8. Sushanta Kumar Mishra (OAS),Joint Mission Director, Odisha Urban Housing Mission9. BijaylaxmiJena(OAS), Officer On Special Duty, Odisha Urban Housing Mission10. SrimantaMishra(OAS), Deputy Commissioner,BMC11. Binay Dash (OAS),DeputyCommissioner,BMC12. SubhranshuMishra(OAS), Commissioner,BMC13. Dr.Suresh Chandra Dalai(IAS), Mission Director, Odisha Urban Housing Mission

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