Evaluation Committee is formed at the local government level with the president or chairperson of the Local Self-Government Institution as chairperson. CDS chairperson is the secretary of the Evaluation Committee; the CDS member secretary is its convenor. In municipal corporations with more than one CDS, the corporation council decides on the secretary and convenor of the Evaluation Committee.
It is the responsibility of the local government to form the Evaluation Committee along with conducting elections to the CDS Executive Committee.
The Evaluation Committee has the following members; the size of the committee is 25 for rural and 40 for urban local governments.
- Secretary of the local government
- CDS chairperson(s)
- The women ward members/ councillors nominated to the CDS by the local government
- Department heads and programme heads under the local government
- Two former CDS office bearers who are ex-officio members of the CDS
- The three volunteers of the CDS (income generation, health and education, infrastructure)
- Representatives of financial institutions
- Chairpersons of Welfare Standing Committee and Development Standing Committee of the local government
- All the members of the local government Steering Committee (the committee consisting of the chairpersons of all the Standing Committees), and convenors of the five Standing Committees of the CDS (Thrift and Credit, Micro Enterprises, Social Development, Infrastructure, Employment Guarantee Scheme).
Evaluation Committee – Roles and Responsibilities
- Monitoring of CDS Action Plan: Monitoring of implementation of various poverty eradication schemes by the CDS against the CDS action plan and providing supportfor rectifying deficiencies, course correction, and leadership wherever required.
- Strengthening of CDS: Supporting and strengthening CDS as the main agency for planning and implementation of poverty eradication schemes of the local government, government agencies, and quasi-government agencies. The Evaluation Committee is also expected to encourage CDS in democratic decision making and efforts in women empowerment.
- Coordination and Back-stopping: Working as the coordinating agency for the action plans in sectors that CDS associates with in local level development programmes within the local government’s jurisdiction. Evaluation Committee is expected to ensure that the services of the officials and resources available within the institutions transferred to the local governments are available to the CDS for programme implementation.
- Linkages: Helping CDS in accessing the services of experts, techno-economic agencies, and voluntary organisations.
- Micro Enterprise Promotion: Supporting CDS in exploring opportunities for promoting micro enterprises for local economic development and in finding market for the products of micro enterprises.