Bhopal:Saturday, July 4, 2009:Gram Panchayats will be strengthened with a view to strengthening three-tier Panchayati Raj institutions in the state. This work will be undertaken with the cooperation of Union Panchayati Raj Ministry and Directorate of Panchayati Raj. These views were expressed by Joint Secretary of Union Panchayati Raj Ministry Shri DK Jain at a workshop at Narmada Bhawan here today.
This ambitious scheme is being launched from Sidhi and Shivpuri districts of Madhya Pradesh and will be launched later in the entire country. The Union Government is committed to adopting ePRI scheme under National e-Gram Panchayat on priority basis with a view to putting this plan into practice.
Speaking on the occasion, Principal Secretary Panchayat and Rural Development Department Shri IS Dani said that the suggestions made by representatives of Janpad and Zila Panchayats taking part in the workshop will be effectively implemented. He said first of all a detailed study will be undertaken of the earlier computerisation projects. There are 23 thousand Gram Panchayats and 52 thousand villages in the state. As many as 23 departments are connected with Panchayat institutions. Computers should be used properly in NREGA. Gram Panchayat secretaries will be trained as per their capabilities.
Throwing light on the workshop’s objectives, Additional Development Commissioner Shri Anil Shrivastava said that at present two districts of Madhya Pradesh -Sidhi and Shivpuri- have been selected under ePRI. A team of the Central Government will visit these districts, inspect the Panchayati Raj institutions there and ascertain the basic requirements regarding information system and know about the schemes and programmes for which computer network is needed from Gram Panchayat up to the state level.
Under 11th Schedule of the Constitution of India, Panchayat institutions have been entrusted with funds and programmes of various kinds of 23 departments. Out of these 193 relate to Gram Sabhas, 61 to Gram Panchayats, 162 to Janpad Panchayats and 133 to Zila Panchayats. Thus, 449 works have been entrusted in all. Now a new chapter of strengthening Gram Sabhas will be added through e-PRI. He said an ambitious scheme to connect Gram Panchayats with e-Governance has been envisaged by the Union Government, which will extend full cooperation to Madhya Pradesh government in implementing this scheme.
On this occasion, Commissioner Panchayats Smt. Veena Ghanekar and officers of Fisheries, Health, Public Health and Food & Civil Supplies threw light on the activities of their respective departments. Those present at the workshop included presidents of Zila and Janpad Panchayats, sarpanchas and people’s representatives of Sidhi and Shivpuri districts. The workshop was conducted by Shri Bhupesh Gupta.