SAMAVESHA, the General Body Meeting, is a platform that enables members of SUGRAMA to come together and form their collective agenda. This includes gathering the results of their activities, sharing success stories and achievements and prioritizing their issues. It enables the members to share best practices and allows for cross learning. Quorum for a successful SAMAVESHA is 50.
SAMAVESHA 2009 was the first meeting that brought together 609 office bearers from 87 Taluks of 21 districts and was attended by Kum. Shobha Karandlaje, the then State Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj of Government of Karnataka. It was aimed to provide SUGRAMA members an opportunity to meet the Steering Committee Members and the newly elected office bearers.
SAMAVESHA 2010 brought together 230 elected members of SUGRAMA from 53 Taluks across 19 districts. This meeting was presided over by Shri. Jagadish Shettar, the current Chief Minister of Karnataka, the then State Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj.
SAMAVESHA 2012 was attended by 65 members of SUGRAMA from 50 Taluks across 17 districts. Smt. Shalini Rajneesh I A S, Secretary to Government in the Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj presided over the meeting.
SAMAVESHA 2014 brought together 287 Elected Women Representatives of Grama Panchayats from 46 taluks of 17 districts of Karnataka. The first day event was inaugurated by Dr. Rohini Sindoori Dasari, IAS, Director, Self-Employment Programme, the second day was presided over by Smt. Umashree, Minister, Women and Child Development, Government of Karnataka.
The SAMAVESHA paved enabled in bringing out a manifesto which included primarily:
- Passing 50% reservation to women in Grama Panchayats
- Amending Section 46 of the Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act to increase the tenure of the President and Vice President from 30 months to 5 years
- Conducting Mahila Grama Sabhas.
SAMAVESHA 2016 brought together 250 EWRs of 25 taluks of 12 districts of Karnataka. The four day event primarily looked elections to the state body/office bearers and Steering Committee and the smooth transfer of powers from the previous members to the newly elected members of SUGRAMA. The SAMAVESHA also looked at drawing the manifesto in congruence to the current issues of the Grama Panchayats and was handed over to Shri. H.K. Patil, Minister, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department, Government of Karnataka who presided over the SAMAVESHA.