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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 3 PRA exercise in an Indian village: a retrospective evaluation of the first exposure to the process

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 3 PRA exercise in an Indian village: a retrospective evaluation of the first exposure to the process N. Narayanasamy Introduction · to help the PRA team understand the socio-economic conditions of the people, Gandhigram Rural Institute (GRI) was their perceived needs, problems, priorities established in 1956. Right from its inception it and so on. has been trying to promote casteless and classless society through extension and The village research. The Institute recognises the primacy of people in rural development and has always The village selected for the PRA workshop put people first. Its extension villages are was Pillaiarnatham - situated seven kilometres mostly in remote areas. The participants have on the north-western side of Gandhigram. The been, by and large, the weak, the powerless village has 327 households with a population and the poor. People are always consulted; of 1650. The Institute has been working with they analyse their own problems in a village the people of the village through Krishi Vigyan gathering; fix their own priorities and offer Kendra (Farm Research Centre) and Mather their own solutions. This approach has brought Sangh (Women's Association). The Women's local people and faculty members closer. Association ...

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