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Ministry of Panchayati Raj

Year End Review-2019: Ministry of Panchayati Raj

Rs. 406.22 crore released under Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan to States/UTs and implementing agencies till date

Over 1.1 lakh Gram Panchayats on-board in PRIASoft-PFMS

Over 230 panchayats were conferred the National Panchayat Awards 2019 including e-PanchayatPuraskar to 6 States

Core Common Applications called Panchayat Enterprise Suite (PES) Applications has been developed; Spatial Planning Application ‘Gram Manchitra’ launched

Posted On: 31 DEC 2019 4:24PM by PIB Delhi

The Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR) is responsible for the work of advocacy, monitoring and implementation of Constitution 73rd Amendment. The role of the MoPR involves strengthening the administrative infrastructure, basic services etc. by leveraging technology and capacity building of the functionaries of Rural Local Body (RLB). Ministry’s roadmap to realise the above objective is through three pillars:

· Provision of basic services through the Finance Commission Funding,

· Capacity building of RLBs through Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA) and

· Convergent & holistic planning through inclusive & participatory process through Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) and advocacy work


Fourteenth Finance Commission (FFC) Grants

During the current Financial Year 2019-20, FFC Grant of Rs.48,497.57 crore (including release for previous years) has been released to 26 States for Gram Panchayats (GPs) as on 18.12.2019. The year-wise allocations and release of Finance Commission Grants for the Award period 2015-16 to 2019-20 (as on 16.12.2019) is as under:

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Ministry monitors the effective utilization of FFC Grants by the GPs through Public Financial Management System (PFMS). Around 5.5 Lakhs assets created by using FFC grants in GPs have been geo-tagged as on today to give thrust on digital monitoring system.

Around 1,10,102 numbers of Gram Panchayats are on-board in PRIASoft-PFMS and 68,014 GPs are already doing digital payments through PRIASoft -PFMS. 2,00,850 numbers of GPs are on-board in PRIASoft double entry cash-based accounting application meant for Panchayats. 

Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA)

The restructured Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA)  has been operationalized w.e.f. 2018-19 with the primary aim of strengthening of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with main thrust on convergence with Mission Antyodaya and emphasis on strengthening PRIs in 117 Aspirational districts.

During 2018-19, Ministry had approved the Annual Action Plans (AAPs) of 32 States/UTs and Rs. 598.25 crore was released to States/UTs and implementing agencies upto 31st March, 2019.  During current year, Ministry has approved the Annual Action Plans (AAPs) of 33 States/UTs and released Rs.406.22 crore to States/UTs and implementing agencies till 18.12.2019. Some of the major activities approved during 2019-20 to States/UTs are:

  1. 38.22 lakh participants for GPDP training and 36.94 lakh participants for Other than GPDP training.
  2. Construction of 3108 Gram Panchayat Bhawans and repair of 2384 Gram Panchayat Bhawans
  3. Co-location of Common Service Centres (CSCs) in 3404 Gram Panchayats
  4. Construction of 04 State Panchayat Resource Centres (SPRCs) and 09 District Panchayat Resource Centres (DPRCs)
  5. Procurement of 10292 computers in Gram Panchayats
  6. 47 Panchayat Learning Centres (PLCs)
  7. PESA Areas: 19512 Gram Sabha Mobilisers, 85 District Coordinators, 411 Block Coordinators and14382 Gram Sabha Orientation


People’s Plan Campaign (PPC)- Sabki Yojana Sabka Vikas

Inspired by the visible and quite satisfactory performance of the Gram Panchayats, Gram Sabhas and other stakeholders involved in the PPC during 2nd October, 2018 to 31st December, 2018 and to provide sustainability to the GPDP formulation process into a participative and transparent exercise, the process of GPDP preparation for the financial year 2020-21 again started in a Campaign mode from 2nd October, 2019 as PPC-2019. The status of PPC as on December 16, 2019 is as under:

  1. 210432 numbers (78.2%) of Gram Sabhas held
  2. 221378 numbers (82.3%) of Gram Sabhas Scheduled
  3. 103607 numbers (38.5%) of facilitators feedback received.
  4. 97315 numbers (36.2%) of GPDP Approved as per facilitator's feedback.
  5. 42113 numbers of (15.6%) GPDP uploaded on PlanPlus
  6. 5805 numbers of GPDPs in pipeline

Incentivization of Panchayats:

The Ministry has been incentivizing the Panchayats/ States/ Union Territories (UTs) under the scheme of Incentivization of Panchayats, one of the central components of the restructured scheme of RGSA, in recognition of their good work for improving delivery of services &public goods and to encourage a spirit of competition.

Awards, including financial incentives ranging from Rs.5 lakh to Rs.50 Lakh, are given annually to best performing Panchayats/States/UTs under various categories namely, (i) Deen Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar (DDUPSP) for Gram/ Block/ District Panchayats; (ii) Nanaji Deshmukh Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Puraskar (NDRGGSP) for Gram Panchayats; (iii) Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) Award for Gram Panchayats; (iv) Child-friendly Gram Panchayat Award (CFGPA) for Gram Panchayats and e-Panchayat Puraskar for States/UTs. During 2019 the following National Panchayat Awards were conferred:

  1. DDUPSP to 195 Panchayats (District/Block/Gram) in 24 States.
  2. NDRGGSP to 20 GPs in 20 States.
  3. GPDP Award to 3 GPs across the country.
  4. CFGPA to 22 GPs/Village Council in 22 States/UT.
  5. e-PanchayatPuraskar to 6 States.

Mission Mode Project on e-Panchayat:

Under the e-Panchayat MMP, a suite of Core Common Applications has been developed collectively called Panchayat Enterprise Suite (PES) Applications. Following are some of the key activities undertaken under the e-Panchayat MMP during the year:

  1. Unified portal focusing on Work Based Accounting: Unified Portal is a new initiative of the Ministry, which will provide the GPs with a single interface to prepare and implement their GPDP. Unified portal would reduce the number of data entries that Gram Panchayat user performs. It will bring in a more user-friendly interface with ease of navigation that would make it hassle-free for the GPs to track, monitor and modify their Action Plan.
  2. On-boarding of schemes on PRIASoft-PFMS integration for real time payments by GPs: The Ministry, in the current year, has put in place a robust mechanism capturing the entire gamut of activity right from the stage of planning to monitor the various stages of work, recording the expenditure incurred for the works to providing a complete detail of the asset created. Around one lakh GPs have onboarded this interface.
  3. Gram Manchitra: Gram Manchitra is a Spatial Planning Application launched by Hon’ble Minister of Panchayati Raj on October 23, 2019 on the occasion of National Panchayat Awards, 2019, for facilitating and supporting GP users to perform planning at Gram Panchayat level with the use of geo-spatial technology. It provides a single/ unified Geo Spatial platform to better visualize the various developmental works to be taken up across the 29 sectors and provide a decision support system for GPDP.




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