http://planningcommission.nic.in/plans/planrel/fiveyr/1st/1planch8.html 17. The constitution of the Bharat Sevak Samaj and the National Advisory Committee for Public Cooperation in August 1952, are important preliminary steps recently taken for securing public cooperation on a nationwide basis. The National Advisory Committee, which is representative of different sections of opinion in the country, is expected to : 1. review and assess the programmes of public co-operation in relation to national development ; 2. advise the Planning Commission from time to time regarding the progress of public co-operation in relation to the fulfilment of the National Plan ; 3. receive reports from the Central Board of the Bharat Sevak Samaj and consider such specific matters as may be referred to it for advice by the Central Board ;and 4. make suggestions and recommendations to the Central Board of the Bharat Sevak Samaj on matters of policy and on programmes relating to public eo-opera-tion. Bharat Sevak Samaj
18. The Bharat Sevak Samaj has been conceived of as a non-political and non-official national platform for constructive work. The primary objects of the Samaj are— (1) to find and develop avenues of voluntary service for the citizens of India to— a. promote national sufficiency and build up the economic strength of the country, b. to promote the social well-being of the community and to mitigate the privations and hardships of its less favoured sections ; and
(2) to draw out the available unused time, energy and other resources of the people and direct them into various fields of social and economic activity. The work of the Samaj, which is being undertaken on a nationwide scale, is at present in the initial stages of its organisation. The Bharat Sevak Samaj provides a common platform for all who wish to give their share of time and energy to developing the people's own effort in relation to the National Plan and, at the same time, it is intended to assist in the development of existing voluntary organisations. http://planningcommission.nic.in/reports/peoreport/cmpdmpeo/volume1/stof60.pdf PEO Study No.37
A STUDY OF THE LOK KARYA KSHETRAS '
OF THE BHARAT SEVAK SAMAJ, 1960
1. The Study
Govt. of India had been giving grants to Bharat Sevak Samaj, a non-political Voluntary Organisation for running 50 Lok Karya Kshetras, mostly located in rural areas. The scheme was intended to secure public participation in various development programmes in rural Sector, both in areas covered by the Community Development Programme and outside. The evaluation study of some Lok Karya Kshetras was undertaken by the Programme Evaluation Organisation at the instance of Public Cooperation Division of Planning Commission to assess the role and work of Kshetras so that the suitable modifications could be introduced in the programme on the basis of the results of the evaluation. 2. Objectives
The extent to which the objectives of the .Lok Karya Kshetra Programme as mentioned in the Scheme of Bharat Sevak Samaj are understood, accepted and put into practice.
ii) The manner in which the programmes are planned and decisions regarding priorities and targets taken. iii) The achievements, in particular the measure in which the Lok Karya Kshetra workers have been helpful in achieving the larger targets in Community Development. iv) Cooperation and coordination with the Block staff and with officials of development departments in Planning & Implementation of specific projects, in particular, (a) whether the Gram Sahayaks accept the Lok Karya Kshetra workers and how far they work with them? (b) whether the setting up of Lok Karya Kshetras does not give rise to rivalaries between the workers of C.D.Ministry and those of Bharat Sevak Samaj? (c) Which activities can the Bharat Sevak Samaj workers perform better than the Village Level Worker and vice-versa. v) The qualities, -the attitudes and the abilities of Lok Karya Kshetra...