New panchayat buildings to be constructed and repaired from Panchayat funds
The state government has decided to construct new Panchayat buildings and repair the old buildings in the Villages. The Panchayati Raj Minister Arvind Pandey said that the remaining budget of 14th finance commission (FC), the budget of 15th FC and 50 percent of the budget earmarked for MNREGA would be used for the purpose. The minister made the declaration during an interaction with the Village Pradhans through the virtual class.
In the discussions, the village Pradhans told the minister the problems faced by them for quarantining the returnees in their villages. It is pertinent to mention here that the Panchayat buildings in the villages are being used as quarantine centres. The Pradhans demanded that they should also be declared as Corona Warriors and they should be brought under the insurance cover of the government. On his part, the minister complimented the Pradhans for their hard work and said that they should treat the returnees as their brethrens and not Pravasi. He said that training of all Pradhans and panchayat representatives should be done and in case things take time to get normalised, the mode of virtual classes should be used for training. The minister told the Pradhans that according to the guidelines of government of India (GoI) for 15th FC, the Panchayats can use 50 percent of the budget in works like ODF, sanitation, rain water harvesting, drinking water supply and water recycling while rest 50 percent can be used according to local requirements. The director Panchayati Raj, H C Semwal gave a detailed account of various provisions of Panchayati Raj act, e- gram Swaraj portal and financial aspects. He appealed that necessary transparency should be maintained in the projects. The additional director education, Mukul Sati and senior officials of Panchayati Raj department were present on the occasion.
Minister, Pradhans interact on online network of schools
In an example of inter departmental coordination, the online interaction programme of the minister with 5000 village Pradhans was done with the help of ICT network of government schools operated by the education department. The education department has 500 centres across the state out of which 450 are located in rural areas.
In his interaction the minister said that soon 500 more schools of the state would be brought under the ICT network. The director Panchayati Raj, H C Semwal said that the online training programme would be organised for all elected representatives. He said that the online training modules would be uploaded on the portals and websites of the department so that the Panchayat representatives’ can get every information on their mobile phones.
Friday, 12 June 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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