Why Manickal ?
Manickal Grama Panchayat is the first ISO certified Panchayat in Trivandrum district, with notable features such as citizen-centric and transparent policy measures, SMS alert for beneficiaries of various projects, old age friendly Panchayat etc.
In spite of these achievements the development indicators of women are far behind the general progress of the Panchayat. The institutional document shows that there is considerable increase in the rate of violence/ atrocities against women etc. The role of women in decision making process has also been very marginal. The project preparation process also have some limitations such as improper functioning of grama sabhas, subject wise discussions, decision making etc. IMG could play a vital role in capacity building for both officials and elected representatives since IMG is a Nodal agency for training in Kerala.