5th Pillar was part of a training programme organised by ANITHRA at Deenabandu Nagar, near R.K. Pet and Tiruthani of Tiruvellore Dt. Around 20 NGO' s from the districts of Kancheepuram and Tiruvellore participated in the training program which went on for a two days the 24th and 25th of January, 2010. Mr.Banukumar , Executive Director and Ms.Sumathi, Director public relations of 5th Pillar were the trainers on the first day of the training and Mr. Jeyaselvan, RTI coordinator of 5th pillar conducted classes on the second day.
The participants were educated about the Panchayat, its role in society, Gramasabas, their role in formulating plans for the development of the villages, the role of the panchayat members and the President, their accountability in society, the various groups formed in the panchayat on specific subjects, periodicity of tne meetings . the number of meetings to be conducted etc. The members were also informed about the application of RTI for getting the grievances redressed , the method of writing RTI , the appeals etc. The training programme was found to be very useful for the NGO's who participated in the training. Zero Rupee notes were distributed to the members who participated in the Training.