Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat digitally transferred a sum of Rs 238.38 crore to three-tier Panchayats of the state on Monday. This amount includes the first installment of the 15th finance commission and fund from the state finance commission. According to officials the total comprises Rs 143.50 crore untied grant from the 15th finance commission and Rs 94.88 crore from the state finance commission for the 7,791 Gram Panchayats, 95 block Panchayats and 13 district Panchayats in the state.
Speaking on the occasion, the CM said that the aim of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious Digital India scheme is to enhance government services, facilitating online information of government schemes and encouraging e-governance. On the occasion of national Panchayat day on April 24 this year, the PM had inaugurated the e-Gram Swaraj portal. The portal will enhance transparency in government works while also providing information of funds received by Panchayats from various sources, progress of development works being undertaken by Panchayats and other information. Rawat said that the amount transferred digitally to the Panchayats will enable them to undertake developmental schemes while also facilitate necessary measures for protection of villagers from Covid-19, facilitating proper sanitisation of community buildings for institutional quarantine for citizens returning from outside, electricity facility, drinking water and other important works.Officials informed on the occasion that as per the government order of the Finance department, the primary grant from central finance is untied and can be used by the local bodies for place specific requirements. The grant from state finance commission will be used by the Panchayati Raj department to pay allowance to the elected public representatives. Of the remaining amount, 20 per cent will be used on publicity, sanitisation and other works related to protection from Covid-19 pandemic. It will also be used for facilitating water supply, sewerage, solid waste management, drainage and sanitation, maintenance of community properties and other tasks. The Panchayati Raj secretary Brijesh Kumar Sant and director HC Semwal were also among those present on the occasion.
Tuesday, 23 June 2020 | PNS | Dehradun