Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Saturday announced a slew of measures to strengthen the panchayati raj institutions (PRIs) in the state. He also called for the maximum involvement of people in development projects.
Hooda said all funds or grant-in-aid under all the schemes would now be transferred directly to the bank accounts of Gram Panchayats and they could grant administrative approval for all works to be undertaken under various schemes, except that of HRDF (Haryana Rural Development Fund). Earlier, the funds used to be given through the deputy commissioners or additional deputy commissioners.
Besides, instead of deputy commissioner, the president of the Zila Parishad would be the chairperson of the district rural development agency.
Members of the Zila Parishad and the Panchayat Samiti would have the right to inspect various development works carried out in their wards. Hooda said the Gram Panchayat would have the discretion to either execute the work itself or through a local contractor, or it could entrust the work to the panchayati raj engineering wing for the works estimated up to Rs10 lakh.