Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat transferred a total of Rs 238.38 crore to the three-tier panchayats (Gram Panchayat, Kshetra Panchayat, and Zilla Panchayat). This included the simultaneous digital transfer of the first installment of the 15th Finance Commission and the funds of the State Finance Commission, with an untied grant of Rs.143.50 crore of the 15th Finance Commission for the state’s 7791 Gram Panchayats, 95 Area Panchayats and 13 Zila Panchayats and The State Finance Commission has an amount of 94.88 crores.
Under the Digital India Program, the 15th Finance Commission and the State Finance Commission on Monday digitally transferred the recommended grants for the Panchayats to the Secretariat. In the first phase of this ambitious plan, in the orientation program of the Zilla Panchayat presidents and vice-presidents as well as the Area Panchayat chiefs held in Haridwar on February 9 this year, Union Panchayat Raj Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat formed the 14th Finance Commission and the State Finance Commission One-time digital handwriting of funds was initiated.
Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said that the program of Digital India, PM Modi’s ambitious plan implemented by the central government, aims to upgrade government services, access information about government schemes online and promote e-governance. The Prime Minister launched the e-Gram Swaraj portal on 24 April on the occasion of National Panchayat Day. He said that on the one hand, this will increase transparency in state work, while the funds received from the central finance and state finance, as well as other sources through the portal and other information along with the progress of development, can get work in the panchayat.
The Chief Minister said that the digital transfer of funds simultaneously to the Panchayats, along with developmental schemes to the Panchayats, as well as the necessary measures to protect the villagers from the Coronavirus epidemic and institutional quarantine arrangements for the citizens from outside, cleanliness of the community buildings, power system, Drinking water, sanitization and other necessary tasks.
On this occasion it was informed that as per the mandate of the Finance Department, the primary grant for central finance is untied, which can be used by local bodies for location-specific requirements. The honorarium of the elected representatives from the grant money of the State Finance Commission will be paid by the Panchayat Raj Department. Of the remaining funds, 20 percent will be spent on publicity, sanitization, and other works related to the epidemic to protect the corona epidemic.
Apart from this, development works like water supply system, sewerage solid waste management, drainage and sanitation, maintenance of community assets, construction of street light, and Anganwadi buildings/construction of additional classrooms and construction of community buildings will be done. Secretary Panchayat Raj Brijesh Kumar Sant, Director Panchayat Raj HC Semwal, and other officers of the Panchayati Raj Department were present on the occasion.