New Delhi, April 21: The Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation and Rural Development Narendra Singh Tomar said that under the 14th Finance Commission, Centre will be releasing more than 2 lakh crore rupess to Gram Panchayats for 5 years to undertake physical and social infrastructure projects in the villages.
National Panchayati Raj Day is to be celebrated on 24th April, 2017 at Lucknow, the Minister said that earlier about Rs 30,000 crore was allocated to the Panchayats in the 13th Finance commission, wherein Panchayats found it difficult to execute developmental projects in a holistic fashion. Laying stress on training of Panchayat functionaries and to promote healthy completion among Panchayats, the Ministry is making all out efforts for the real empowerment of Gram Panchayats.
Tomar also said that the Panchayati Raj Ministry has asked all Gram Panchayats to prepare advance planning related to problems faced by them and till date more than one lakh 75, 000 village development plans were received. He said that each village has on an average 4 to 5 major issues like drinking water, drainage system, roads and solid and liquid waste management, which can be solved easily as now there is no dearth of funds to the Panchayats.
The following documents and applications will be launched.
• Launching of You-Tube Channel of Ministry of Panchayati Raj with short films on Best Practices and schemes of Government of India.
• Sharing of audio-visual capacity building content for Panchayati Raj Institutions through instant messaging apps over smartphones to elected members of Panchayats.
• Release of quarterly magazine will be launched in Hindi, English and other regional languages. It is expected that this newsletter will act as a vehicle for direct communication between the Policy makers and Gram Panchayats.
• National awards viz., Deendayal Upadhyay Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar, Nanaji Deshmukh Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Puraskar to be conferred upon Panchayati Raj Institutions and e-Panchayat Puraskars to State Governments.