STATING THAT structural adjustments were imperative for improving Panchayat Raj in Madhya Pradesh, Union Panchayati Raj Minister Manishankar Aiyer said here on Sunday that scientific activity mapping for devolution of functions, finances and functionaries at different levels of the system would be carried out to strengthen it and address grievances of panchayat representatives.
“Activity mapping for devolution of function, finances and functionaries will strengthen Panchayati Raj system in Madhya Pradesh, leading to competence at village, janpad and district levels and empowering them,” Aiyer told reporters here.
Stating that 12 years after the Panchayati Raj System was introduced in Madhya Pradesh, some changes in the system were required to make it more effective, he said measures to achieve it have been identified and the Chief Minister has agreed to implement them.
With changes promised by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan brought about, 2007 will add a chapter in the history of Panchayati Raj system in Madhya Pradesh, he said.
To a query, he said his Ministry could extend help through allocations under the head of capacity building and training, besides providing samples of activity mapping carried out by other States including Punjab, Kerala, Karnataka and West Bengal.
Although physical infrastructure and staff were adequate in the State for improving the system, connectivity had to be ensured by computerisation of gram panchayats, he said.
Aiyer said his ministry was also trying to get some allocations for computerisation of rural areas under the national e-Governance policy, but a major assistance was expected from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which has been sent a proposal for capacity building.