Computerisation of Panchayats

 Keeping in view the strategic importance of computerization at the Gram Panchayat level, the Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR) had constituted an Expert Group in June 2007 to assess the current and future Information Technology (IT) programmes of the Ministry, to recommend most cost-effective technologies for reaching IT to the Gram Panchayats, the use of IT for effectively building capacities of Panchayati Raj Institutions through distance learning and the cost implications of the recommendations. The major recommendations are:-

 

 

·                    GramPanchayats and Block Panchayats need to be equipped with computers and associated infrastructure.

 

·                    Use of open technology which includes open standards, open source an other similar open initiatives as the basis for technology options.

 

·                    States should have autonomy in defining and developing their own application software to address State specific functionalities while at the same time development of application software for core common functions centrally.

 

·                    Multi-mode training interventions using Information & Communication Technology and satellite-based technologies should be adopted.

 

In reply to a wtitten question The Union Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Dr. C.P.Joshi said work relating to Information and Service Needs Assessment, Business Process Re-engineering and preparation of Detailed Project Report has been completed in 27 States/UTs.  Software applications are under development and deployment.

           

As per the information given by States/UTs, the number of Panchayats, computerized so far is given in Annexure. As expenditure on computerization of Panchayats, is largely borne by the States/UTs, this information is not maintained by this Ministry.

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ANNEXURE

Compiled statement of States/UTs for computerization of Panchayats.

                            

S.
No.

Name
of State

Total
number of Blocks in the state

Number
of Blocks where computing facility is available.

Total
number of village Panchayats in the State

Number of village Panchayats where some sort of computing
facility is available.

 1.

Andaman
& Nicobar Islands

9

3

67

67

2

Arunachal
Pradesh

87

Nil

1779

Nil

3

Assam

219

189

2203

Nil

4

Bihar

534

515

8463

4569

5

Chandigarh

01

01

12

Nil

6

Chhatisgarh

146

146

9768

Nil

7

Daman
&Diu

2

2

14

14

8

Goa

11

11

189

189

9

Haryana

119

119

6155

Nil

10

Karnataka

176

176

5628

5628

11

Kerala

152

151

999

969

12

Lakshadweep

9

9

10

10

13

Madhya
Pradesh

313

313

23040

Nil.

14

Orissa

314

314

6234

150

15

Rajasthan

239

237

9184

1114

16

Sikkim

26

24

163

157

17

Tamil
Nadu

385

385

12618

12618

18

Tripura

40

40

1040

100

19

Uttar
Pradesh

820

820

51976

Nil

20

Uttarkhand

95

95

7541

Nil

21

West Bengal

333

341

3351

3300

22

Himachal
Pradesh

77

77

      3243

      2426

23.

Puducherry

6

2

          98

          98

24.

Punjab

          142

         142 (under NREGA)

      12800

   None

 

25.

D
& N Haveli

         1

        1

       11

       11

 

States/UTs who have not furnished information:-   Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Manipur,  J&K,  &Gujarat,   Panchayats are not formulated in  Delhi, Meghalaya, Mizoram & Nagaland.

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Computerisation of Panchayats