Lack of knowledge is their weakest point, which greatly hampers their performance. Now the elected Panchayat functionaries in Uttarakhand will be able to overcome this major odd, thanks to an ongoing statewide programme, which aims at training them in legal issues and accounting, say officials.
"Besides, all the Panchayat ghars which have Interment connectivity are also likely to be equipped with computer facilities," said Secretary, Panchayati Raj and Gram Vikas, Om Prakash.
Referring to the statewide training programme for the elected Panchayat functionaries he said the initiative is being undertaken under the centrally sponsored Rs 2.7 Crore Rashtriya Gram Swarajya Yojna. As part of this programme, "the elected Panchayat functionaries in Uttarakhand, most of whom are illiterate or semi-literate are being trained in legal issues relating to Panchayats besides being imparted the knowledge of account keeping."
"Most of the elected functionaries in Uttarakhand are ignorant of these two key components," said Prakash. "Being ignorant of these two key areas makes the Panchayat functionaries heavily dependent on Gram Panchayat Adhikaris who take an undue advantage of their (panchayat functionaries) weak points."
To address this problem, the official said, the elected Panchayat functionaries "are being made aware of all the rules and regulations governing the Panchayats besides being trained in accounting basics" so that they (elected Panchayat functionaries) could discharge their duties without being dependent on the key officials like Gram Panchayat Adhikaris.
Referring to the programme under which Panchayat ghars (offices) are being made computer enabled he said, in this connection, all those (Panchayat offices) where Internet connectivity is available would be "equipped with computer sets to facilitate smooth functioning of the Panchayats." "All such Panchayat offices would be equipped with computer sets by 2012," informed Prakash.
Similarly, under the Atal Adarsh Gram Yojna building infrastructure is being put in place for all the Panchayats, which are functioning without official accommodations. The work of setting up building infrastructure, which would be equipped with all facilities, would be completed by 2011.