At Gram Panchayat level: Sarpanches, Panches to have admin control of 21 deptts
Srinagar, Nov 23:
Further strengthening grassroots democracy, Jammu and Kashmir government has
decided to give administrative control of 21 departments to Panches and
Sarpanches at the Gram Panchayat level.
Some of the
departments which have been zeroed-in on include Rural Development, Social
Welfare, Health, Education, Power, Horticulture, Fisheries and Agriculture.
Development Department Kashmir, Sarwar Qazi said Panchayat members will now be
in charge of 21 departments at the Gram Panchayat level.
“If Gram Panchayat comprises of seven Panches
and Sarpanches then multiple departments will be allotted to one member. If
there are more than 21 Panches in a Gram Panchayat, then more than one member
will share powers for looking after each department,” he said.
hastened to add that Panches and Sarpanches will hold these responsibilities
only at the Gram Panchayat level.
members will look after all works of 21 departments like health, sanitation,
electricity or construction of roads. The main thrust is to strengthen
grassroots,” he said.
policy, Panchayats could also generate their own funds by charging fees for
building permission, advertisement and hoardings.
addition to being involved in the selection of eligible beneficiaries for
various government welfare schemes, can get Rs 50 lakh-80 lakh per year for
implementation of key national schemes such as the National Health Mission,
Samagra Shiksha etc.
released Rs 1000 crore to panchayats in Jammu and Kashmir. “Further Rs 700 crore will be released in
next few months. Government wants funds on development works to be spent
through Panchayat members,” sources said.
Qazi said ‘Back
to Village 2.0’ will empower and energize Panchayats. “During five day
programme, authorities will be reviewing works in each Gram Panchayat. They
will try to find out whether there has been proper utilization of funds. They
will also try to figure out how people can avail benefits of beneficiary
schemes,” he said.