AUGUST 1, 2023
Under Digital India Programme, Ministry of Panchayati Raj is implementing e-Panchayat Mission Mode Project (MMP), in all the States/ UTs of the country. The aim is to revamp the functioning of Panchayats and to make them more transparent, accountable and effective. Ministry has launched eGramSwaraj, an accounting application to simplify Panchayat work like planning, accounting and budgeting. In order to ensure better financial management of PRIs for enhancing transparency & accountability in maintenance of accounts, the eGramSwaraj has been integrated with Public Finance Management System (PFMS) to make real time payments to vendors/service providers. A Training Management Portal (TMP) has been developed and launched to monitor real time progress of trainings conducted in various categories, subject areas and stakeholders under the revamped Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA) scheme. An application of ‘AuditOnline’ has been developed for online audits of Panchayat accounts and their financial management. Ministry is encouraging the Panchayats to adopt their own Citizens’ Charter for successful delivery of services for which the Ministry has formulated the model Citizens’ Charter and shared with the States. Adoption of such Citizens’ Charter by the States is being monitored through dedicated portal. So far, Citizen Charter has been uploaded by 2.15 lakh Gram Panchayats (GPs) and offering 954 services.For attaining the vision of Digital India, BharatNet project is being implemented by Department of Telecommunications in a phased manner to create network to connect all the GPs by broadband in the country. As on 27.07.2023, under BharatNet project, 1,99,291 GPs have been made Service Ready in the country and 18,110 GPs have been made Service Ready in Madhya Pradesh. From 30.06.2021 the scope of BharatNet has been extended up to all inhabited villages beyond GPs in the country.This information was given by the Union Minister of State for Rural Development, Shri Kapil Moreshwar Patil in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.