Efforts have been made by the Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj to supplement the work undertaken by the State Governments to empower the Panchayats through a series of Schemes. These schemes include
>> Panchayat Empowerment & Accountability Incentive Scheme (PEIAS)
>> Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Yojana
>> Panchayat Mahila & Yuva Shakti Abhiyan
>> Backward Regions Grant Fund and
>> Rural Business Hubs
Under the Panchayat Empowerment & Accountability Incentive Scheme (PEIAS)the State Governments are encouraged to empower the Panchayati Raj Institutions(PRIs) by providing incentives for the devolution of functions, funds and functionaries to the PRIs and prizes are given to better performing States. For the year 2008-09, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Chhattisgarh and Assam got the prizes.
This information was given by the Union Minister of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj Dr.C.P.Joshi in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.
(Release ID :51482)