2,400 Villages in Telangana to Have e-Panchayat Soon

In its grand plan to transform the newly-formed Telangana state into a role model in the implementation of e-governance initiatives, the state government is preparing strategies to take the administration to the door-step of people.

The government has proposed to start e-Panchayat initiative in 2,400 gram panchayats in the state. There are 8,778 panchayats in Telangana.

In order to implement the initiative in an effective manner a review meeting is being held under the chairmanship of panchayat raj and information technology minister K Taraka Rama Rao on Friday with top officials of the departments concerned. The minister is likely to make important suggestions and formulate guidelines at the meeting for successful implementation of e-panchayat.

Under the initiative, the state government proposes to provide computer services at the lowest level of government.

The government will set up ‘one-stop shops’ in these gram panchayats to facilitate payments relating to MGNREGS, pensions, watershed and other government programmes. The main aim of the initiative is to empower these GPs to be transparent, accountable and responsive.

The e-panchayat scheme is expected to bring about a revolution in increasing transparency and accountability in all the gram panchayats and make them function like a village-level secretariat. According to officials, e-panchayat is being aimed at equipping rural folk with comprehensive and updated information in panchayats and ensuring transparency in governance. Issue of birth and death certificates, house tax, pension schemes, SGRY development works and details of beneficiaries will be computerised. Data on gram panchayats could be easily obtained through internet.

Source: The New Indian Express

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