It is an encouraging news. Kerala, the front runner state has
established computers and internet in the panchayats, but not e-
governance so far.
On Jul 16, 7:36 pm, Avnish Jolly <avnishjo...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> Jharkhand panchayats to have e-Secretariathttp://igovernment.in/site/jharkhand-panchayats-have-e-secretariat-37991
> It is aimed at encouraging e-Governance mechanism at the grass root
> level of the democratic set up
> Published on 07/15/2010 - 08:16:15 AM
> By Chandrabindu
> Ranchi: All panchayats offices across Jharkhand will have e-Secretariat
> —a gift the state government has proposed to encourage e-Governance
> mechanism at the lowest-level of democratic set up.
> To begin with, as many as 1,610 gram panchayats out of the total 4,565
> will get computers with net connectivity. Secretariat of the rest gram
> panchayats will be computerised in two subsequent phases.
> Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA)
> Commissioner Sunil Kumar Barnwal said that construction of the office
> building that would house secretariat of 1,610 had begun.
> "Computerisation work will commence by the end of this fiscal, when
> the building would be handed over to Gram Panchayats," he added.
> Apart from serving as storehouse of database of each individual of the
> panchayats and documents related to development activities, the e-
> Secretariat will also be tasked to keep the records of work and
> payments made to the workers under various schemes of the MGNREGA
> going in the area.
> Labour cost of the building of each panchayat secretariat is estimated
> to cost Rs 10 lakh. The fund for the purpose has been arranged from
> the MGNREGA scheme.
> Construction cost pegged around Rs 11 lakh, however, would be borne
> out by the state from the central assistance under the Backward Region
> Grant Fund (BRGF).
> Expenses incurred on the computerisation of the Panchayat offices will
> have to be shared equally by the Rural Development and the Information
> Technology Departments.
> "The main reason behind the decision to arm Panchayat offices with
> computers and Internet-facility is to make the grassroots democracy
> function in an efficient way. This will also help these centres double
> up as knowledge centre for villagers," Barnwal said.
> The proposed e-Secretariat will also help ease the problems for
> villagers to have various types of certificates like residential,
> income and caste related ones as they could have them at their
> doorsteps. Till now, they need to go to block offices or the district
> headquarters to have these certificates.
> These e-Secretariats would become fully functional as soon as the
> Panchayat polls are concluded by the year-end, the officials said.
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