The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister gave its approval for restructured Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA).
The Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyan (RGPSA) was launched during the 12th Five-year Plan period to strengthen the Panchayati Raj system across the country and to address the critical gaps that constrain it.
The components for which support is extended under the programme include the following:
1. Capacity building for strengthening Panchayati Raj
2. Development of institutional capability for training
3. Implementation of PESA
4. E- governance support structures
Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA) is aimed at building infrastructure and stepping up initiatives for e-governance. It will be launched on the National Panchayati Raj Day on April 24. The focus of the scheme would be on training, building infrastructure, stepping up initiatives for e-governance under the e-Panchayat Mission Mode Project (MMP). The scheme will extend to all the states and Union Territories and will also include institutions of rural local government in non-Part IX areas, where panchayats do not exist. It will be under the Ministry of Panchayati Raj.
The sharing ratio for the state components will be 60:40 barring the Northeast and hilly states where it would be 90:10.
For Union Territories, the central share will be 100 percent.
The Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan would help more than 2.55 lakh Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) in developing governance capabilities to deliver on Sustainable Development Goals through inclusive local governance with a focus on optimum exploitation of available resources
The key principles of Sustainable Development Goals, i.e. universal coverage, leaving no one behind, reaching the farthest first, along with gender equality will be embedded in the design of training, training modules and materials as well as all the other interventions in capacity building.
Programmatic convergence with Mission Antyodaya Gram Panchayats and 115 NITI Ayou identified Aspirational districts is kept in view while designing the scheme. As Panchayats have the representation of women, Schedule Castes, Schedule Tribes and are institutions at the grassroots level, strengthening Panchayats would result in the promotion of inclusiveness and equity, along with Social Justice and economic development of the community.
Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) Award
A new award GPDP Award has been introduced this year
It will be conferred on three gram panchayats with the best planning across the country
Local Government Directory Application
It is developed by the Rural Development Ministry and will be released(on the same day) for wide usage across all ministries to ensure inter-operability across their databases
The directory will have unique codes for villages, panchayats and blocks
Increased use of e-governance by Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) will help in achieving improved levels of transparency and service delivery. Gram Sabhas would be strengthened to function as effective institutions with social inclusion, in particular, the vulnerable groups.
Inputs from: Mr Pavan K