Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Panchayati Raj
19-August-2011 16:52 IST
Cost Norms for Construction of Panchayat Ghars Revised Ghars

Under the scheme of Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Yojana (RGSY) grants have been provided for construction / upgradation of Panchayat Ghars and Training & Capacity Building. From the current year, however, the cost norms for construction of Panchayat ghars have been revised upward from Rs. 2.50 lakh to Rs. 10.00 lakh per Panchayat Ghar and the assistance is given only for construction of new Panchayat Ghars.

The scheme of RGSY is demand based.

A mid-course evaluation of RGSY was commissioned in 2010, which covered several aspects of the programme in 6 States viz. Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan and West Bengal.

The key findings and recommendations of the Evaluation Report are:

• Outreach of Capacity Building training needs improvement through collaboration with non-government bodies, academic institutions etc.

• A pool of trainers / resource persons should be developed at the States, Districts and Block levels.

• The SIRDs and ETCs need to be strengthened in terms of Human Resources.

• Training Needs Assessment of ERs and Functionaries should be carried out at regular intervals.

• Exposure visits to beacon Panchayats should be made mandatory.

• Monitoring and supervision mechanism needs to be set up at MoPR, State and District levels.

The report has been forwarded to States for further action.

The working of the three tier Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and implementation of RGSY and other schemes is being regularly reviewed through interactions with State Government Officers and periodic visits to States by Senior Officers. MoPR has also empanelled National Level Monitors for monitoring the implementation of its programmes in various States and UTs.

The above information was given by the Minister of Panchayati Raj Shri V. Kishore Chandra Deo in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.