Gram Panchayat to become e-Panchayat @ Rs 40,000

Government of India is providing Rs 40,000 fund to states/UTs to enable gram panchayat to e-Panchayat.

The government is providing funds to states/UTs under e-enablement component of Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikarn Abhiyan (RGPSA) to each gram panchayat for computer, uninterrupted power supply (UPS) and printer subject to eligibility conditions.

Ministry of Panchayati Raj has also provided ten software applications under e-Panchayat Mission Mode Project (MMP) that seek to transform the functioning of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs), making them more transparent, accountable, efficient and effective organs of decentralized self – governing institutions.

V Kishore Chandra Deo said, “e-Panchayat MMP addressed all aspects of Panchayats’ functioning including monitoring, implementation, budgeting, accounting, social audit and delivery of citizen services like issue of certificates and licenses. Under e-Panchayat MMP, four Applications namely PRIASoft, PlanPlus, National Panchayat Portal and National Panchayat Directory (Renamed Local Government Directory) have been in use by the states for three years now.

Six more applications namely Area Profiler, ServicePlus, Asset Directory, ActionSoft, Social Audit and Meeting Management and Training Management were launched in 2012-2013 and trainings are being imparted on these Applications.

The minister added that inadequate power supply in rural areas poses a challenge as many panchayats are not able to load/update data on the web based software applications under e-Panchayat MMP on regular basis.

In areas where the power supply is erratic or the panchayat offices are not electrified, the states have been advised by ministry of panchayati raj to use desktop with UPS having 6-8 hours backup, laptops with extra batteries and also consider providing solar photo-voltaic power packs by availing government subsidy.

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