Professional Institutional Network
'The Professional Institutional Network (PIN) of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act(NREGA) is a network of institutions, including Indian Institutes of Management(IIMs), Indian Institutes of Technology(IITs), National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), agriculture universities, Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), think tanks, civil society organizations and other professional institutes.
The PIN was created by the Ministry of Rural Development as an integrated structure for concurrent monitoring, appraisal, diagnosis of implementation constraints, recommendations on remedial action and sustainable interventions, to enhance the quality of the programme. The main focus of the PIN is on strengthening the capacity of the district to implement the programme and create positive impact.
The network undertakes assessment, studies, research/action research to identify within districts and across states, efficient management practices, procedures, processes, factors that have contributed to good performance and the positive outcomes. Based on their field experiences and primary and secondary data, the institutes make recommendations and strategies for dissemination of these practices and factors that have or will limit the optimal performance of the Scheme.
From the completed studies and field feedback, the Ministry is continually identifying areas of concern. The findings of these institutes have been shared with state governments through reports, review meetings and discussions. The highlighted constraints and follow-up action is being monitored in order to strengthen implementation.
From its first phase, the PIN has expanded to include several of the countries top academic and professional organizations interested in working on issues related to the Act. The objective is to develop action based formal and informal networks, with a critical yet participatory perspective for long term sustainability and effectiveness of the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act.