OVER SEVEN lakh village pradhans, members and others representing the people in the three-tier panchayats will now have their own state-level modernised Panchayat Bhawan-cum-training institute in the State capital. The work on the Rs 15 crore project will begin this month .
The Panchayat Raj Directorate, presently situated on the sixth floor of Jawahar Bhawan, will also be shifted to the new three-storeyed Panchayat Bhawan after it is built.
To be constructed on three acres of land in Sector E, Aliganj, the State-level Panchayat Bhawan-cum-Training Institute will comprise, among other things, an auditorium with 350 seats, a hostel for trainees and class rooms.
A GO issued recently by Principal Secretary (Panchayat Raj) Ajay Kumar Joshi says that the building will be constructed by the UP Jal Nigam’s Construction and Design Services Wing which has demanded Rs 3 crore for the project by September end.
The Rs 15 crore (Rs 14,61,1000 to be precise) required for completing the project will be drawn from the funds evolved on the basis of the formula suggested by the Eleventh Finance Commission. “ As per the Eleventh Finance Commission’s recommendations, 5 per cent of the State’s total tax receipts will go to the Panchayats and out of this five per cent, one per cent will be spent on the construction of a State-level Panchayat Bhawan-cum-training institute,” said a senior official. He said that Panchayat Raj Minister Balram Yadav was taking a keen interest in the project and the foundation stone was likely to be laid by the Chief Minister on August 22. A total of 7.74 lakh Panchayat representatives will be able to get training at the bhawan.