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Grassroots info urged

Grassroots info urged

A senior official yesterday urged local leaders to share information on available community services and government changes to residents as the Ministry of Information yesterday laid out its social accountability strategic action plan for the coming year and eyed last year’s results.

The workshop at the Intercontinental Hotel, touted as a bid to improve grassroots governance, was attended by members of the National Committee for Sub-National Democratic Development (NCDD) and an array of local-level leaders including commune chiefs and primary school and health centre officials.

“The main objective is to promote the welfare of the people by giving them voices, improving their living standards, protecting their rights and increasing their access to public services,” Chanphal said.

In order to do this, he said the NCDD and its community partners must find better ways to disseminate information “effectively and with integrity and transparency”.

Cheam Pala, NCDD’s control, assessment and information unit chairman, said his organisation is ready to answer the call. So far, he said, the NCDD, along with its development partners, has produced 25,800 banners and 26,000 booklets that have been distributed to people in 70 districts to familiarize them with health, education and administrative services available in their areas.

“We are also working with service providers to not only post the information in communes, but also disseminate more information through the media and Facebook, because it's important for people to have access to this information,” Pala said.

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