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English Release 27-March 2015
Date Month Year
  • President's Secretariat
  • President of India Confers Bharat Ratna on Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • President’s Ram Navami greetings
  • Vice President's Secretariat
  • Vice President Greets Citizens on Ram Navami
  • Prime Minister's Office
  • PM expresses grief at the passing away of Brigadier T Sailo
  • PM expresses grief at the passing away of former Union Minister Shri PR Kyndiah
  • The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency calls on PM
  • Text of PM’s statement to the media after the Bharat Ratna award was conferred to Former PM Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • Text of PM’s address at inauguration ceremony of “Urja Sangam-2015”
  • Historic Day for India, says PM
  • Team of First All India Services Expedition to Mt. Everest calls on PM
  • PM at Urja Sangam 2015
  • Department of Space
  • ISRO gets Gandhi Peace Prize for 2014
  • Min for Develop. of North-East Region
  • Dr. Jitendra Singh announces 'DoNER at doorstep' concept
  • Min of Agriculture
  • Radha Mohan Singh Emphasises on the Importance of Soil Health Management, Irrigation and Organic Farming
  • Sowing Area under Rabi Rice and Summer Crops
  • Price Stabilisation Fund
  • State-Wise Revised Affected Area under Rabi Crops During end of February to till date 26.03.2015
  • Min of Comm. & Information Technology
  • Commemorative Postage Stamp release on Engineers India Limited (EIL)
  • Government to Invest 10 Billion US $ in the Chip Manufacturing Facilities Coming up in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh
  • Min of Culture
  • ISRO gets Gandhi Peace Prize for 2014
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Field Offices Under Chief Commissioners of Customs/Central Excise/Service Tax to Remain open tomorrow, 28th March, 2015 to Facilitate filing of Returns/Payment of Taxes
  • FM Stresses the need for use of more Accounted Money and Discourage of use of Unaccounted Money: Focuses on use of Plastic Money such as Credit Card, Rupay Card and Cheques in lieu of Hard Currency

  • Min of Health and Family Welfare
  • Need to enhance awareness among people to encourage organ donation: Health Secretary
  • Min of Home Affairs
  • Government declared National Mourning on March 29, 2015
  • Min of Petroleum & Natural Gas
  • Prime Minister inaugurates Urja Sangam 2015 - India’s Global Hydrocarbon Summit
  • Global crude oil price of Indian Basket was US$ 57.03 per bbl on 26.03.2015
  • Ministry of Railways
  • Report of Committee on Traffic Optimization Presented to Railway Minister within Stipulated Time
  • Suresh Prabhu Inaugurates Landmark Lumding-Silchar (Assam) Broad Gauge Railway Line Project by Flagging off A Goods Train - Bringing This Region on the National Broad Guage Railway Map
  • Min of Rural Development
  • Centre releases additional fund to Drought affected States
  • Min of Science & Technology
  • Dr Harsh Vardhan Dedicates the “Apex Metrology Laboratory” at the National Physical Laboratory in New Delhi Today
  • Min of Textiles
  • Textiles Minister inaugurates 29th India Carpet Expo
  • Ministry of Water Resources
  • Storage Status of 85 Important Reservoirs of the Country as on March 26, 2015
  • Min of Youth Affairs and Sports
  • Government plans to launch - Ek Saal Desh Ke Naam
  • NITI Aayog
  • First meeting of sub-group on rationalisation of centrally sponsored schemes held by NITI Aayog

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Ministry of Panchayati Raj22-November, 2012 17:58 IST
Activities and Functioning of Local Self Governments

Ministry of Panchayati Raj has been conducting evaluation of the implementation of 73rd Constitutional Amendment in the form of State of Panchayat Report since 2006-07. The last State of Panchayat Report is available for the year 2008-09. Similarly, Ministry of Urban Development have undertaken a study on “Impact of the Constitution (74th Amendment) Act on the Working of Urban Local Bodies”. (Study undertaken by the National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi & other organizations and report submitted in November 2005).

The services to the citizens being provided by the Rural Local Bodies (RLBs) vary from State to State depending upon devolution of powers to the Panchayati Raj Institutions by the respective State Governments. The extent of devolution is studied by the Ministry through an independent agency every year. The study shows that there is progressive devolution of powers to Panchayats from year to year.

Under Article 243G of the Constitution, States Legislatures are to endow the Panchayats with such powers and authority as may be necessary to enable them to function as institutions of self-governance. Since Article 243G allows discretion to the States in the matter of devolution of powers to Panchayats, States vary in the extent to which they have devolved powers to Panchayats and Municipalities.

States are incentivized to devolve powers to Panchayats as mandated in Part IX of the Constitution, through Panchayat Empowerment and Accountability Incentive Scheme (PEAIS). In order to increase the capacity of elected representatives and functionaries of Panchayats, Ministry of Panchayati Raj implements capacity building program under Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF) and Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Yojana (RGSY).

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

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