Advisory by Ministry On Role of Pris

Ministry of Panchayati Raj(MoPR)’s advisory dated 19.1.2009 to all Central Ministries (available on web site www.panchayat.gov.in ) elucidates:-

(i)Constitutional provision relating to the responsibilities of the PRIs in the planning and implementation schemes.

(ii) Critical role of the CCSs/ACAs in devolution of 3Fs upon the PRIs (it included an indicative activity matrix).

(iii) Comparative advantages of PRIs over the departmental structures in planning, implementing and monitoring of Schemes.

(iv) PRIs and District Planning Committees (DPCs ) as the appropriate mechanism for convergence of plethora of schemes, pooling of resources and better outcomes.

(v) (i)Essential features that scheme guidelines should incorporate.

(vi) Disadvantages of creating parallel bodies to the exclusion/dilution of role of PRIs and its Committees.

Ministries have varied in the extent to which they have involved PRIs in CSSs/ACAs. Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNAREGA), Mid-Day Meals Scheme (MDM), Total sanitation Compaign (TSC), Saakshar Bharat Mission, Girls Hostel in Economically Backward Blocks, National Rural Health Mission etc. are CSSs that have articulated the roles and responsibilities for PRIs. MoPR has been pursuing with the Central Ministries to provide appropriate roles to Panchayats in their CSSs/ACAs.

MoPR has also issued detailed guidelines to States/UTs for devolving functions, functionaries and funds (available on website www.panchayat.gov.in) which include:- (i) need for Activity Mapping;(ii)steps in Activity Mapping for clarity on the role and responsibilities of Panchayats at different tiers;(iii)issuing of orders and guidelines by Line Departments regarding transfer of functions to PRIs;(iv) matching devolution of funds and functionaries to PRIs; and (v) role of Gram Sabhas and Standing Committees.

This information was given by the Union Minister of Panchayati Raj Dr. C.P. Joshi in reply to a written question in the Rajya Sabha today.

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