GUWAHATI, Sept 13: In a significant development, Governor Gulab Chand Kataria inaugurated the ‘Sarpanch Samvaad’ mobile application, a pioneering initiative by the Quality Council of India (QCI), at Raj Bhavan.
The QCI’s ‘Sarpanch Samvaad’ initiative aims to establish connections among approximately 2.5 lakh sarpanchs across India, providing them with a comprehensive platform for networking, knowledge dissemination, and collaboration. Through this innovative platform, sarpanchs can showcase the developmental endeavours in their villages, exchange best practices, and create nationwide networks.
Expressing his enthusiasm, Governor Kataria remarked, “I am delighted to witness this remarkable app, which is a significant step in empowering our grassroots leaders.” He also acknowledged the dedicated female leaders in Assam who have been tireless contributors to their communities’ development.
The Governor emphasised that the ‘Sarpanch Samvaad’ initiative will propel Indian villages towards the forefront of the nation’s growth trajectory and contribute to realising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of making India a developed nation by 2047.
Established in 1997 by the Indian government and the country’s industry, the Quality Council of India plays a pivotal role in establishing and operating the third-party national accreditation system, enhancing quality standards across various sectors, and offering advisory services to the government and other stakeholders on quality-related matters. The organisation comprises constituent Boards responsible for accreditation in specific domains, including NABL for laboratories, NABH for hospitals, NABCB for certification and inspection bodies, and NABET for education and training. The National Board for Quality Promotion, a part of QCI, oversees the national quality campaign.
The launch event witnessed the presence of over 30 sarpanchs from different corners of the nation who have been wholeheartedly supporting this initiative from its inception. The QCI delegation included chairperson Jaxay Shah and secretary-general Dr Ravi P Singh, along with other senior officials, marking a significant step toward empowering grassroots leaders in India.