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Grama Jyothi Pathakam in Telangana: onus on panchayats in village level planning

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The Grama Jyothi Pathakam in Telangana to be launched by  government on August 15 2015 seeks to tether plans pertaining to at least six to seven departments to the village panchayat, and hold the latter accountable for their successful implementation.

Grama Jyothi Pathakam in Telangana

As per the Grama Jyothi Pathakam, panchayats will be empowered to decide on the plans pertaining to Health, Education, Infrastructure, Sanitation and Drinking Water, Natural Resource Management, Social Security and Poverty Alleviation, with approval by ‘Grama Sabhas’ (village meets) held once in three months. Schemes such as MGNREGS and ‘Haritha Haram’ will be brought totally under the purview of the village panchayats.

Functional committees will be formed at panchayat level on various subjects, which will draw plans thereof. The same will be approved by the ‘Grama Sabhas’ and forwarded to the government.

Funds will be tied up from all quarters, including MGNREGS, Special Component Plan and Tribal Sub Plan, and the panchayat resources, apart from the 14{+t}{+h}Finance Commission funds, a senior official from the Panchayatraj department informed.
Grama Jyothi Pathakam in Telangana
Official committees will be constituted, to visit a panchayat every week and evaluate the works being done. Panchayats will also be empowered to identify the beneficiaries of various welfare schemes including that of the Social Welfare department, skill development schemes, and others, the official said.

The programme also envisages incentivising the panchayats based on the performance indicators.

A corpus of Rs.1000 crore will be instituted by the State government for matching grant to be issued to each panchayat based on its revenue collection.

In the year 2014-15, about 2,200 panchayats could achieve 100 per cent tax collection, leading to total collection of Rs. 294 crore against the target of Rs.400 crore, officials informed.

Grama Jyothi Pathakam Committee

The Cabinet sub-committee on the Grama Jyothi Pathakam met on Tuesday{28 July 2015}, and discussed the modalities of its implementations. Ministers K.T. Rama Rao, Etala Rajender, T. Harish Rao, Tummala Nageshwar Rao, Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, Jogu Ramanna and Lakshma Reddy attended the meeting.

A slew of meetings have been lined up in the coming few days, after which the guidelines pertaining to the ‘Grama Jyoti’ programme will be finalised. A video conference with Zilla Parishad chairpersons and other district level representatives will be held on July 29, followed by another conference with the district Collectors the next day. On August 1, a meeting with sarpanches of 300 panchayats is scheduled at TSIPARD.

Source: The Hindu

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