have been placed with the Zila Panchayat. Necessary steps are being taken to make the arrangement effective.
Status and Empowerment of Gram Sabha
The present status of Gram Sabha in the State is as under :
Article 243 of the constitution defines Gram Sabha as consisting of all persons registered as voters in the electoral roll relating to the village with in the panchayat area.
Gram Sabha supervise the functioning of Gram Panchayat e.g. examine the statement of accounts and audit reports, approval of plans, selection of schemes, its location and beneficiaries under it.
Gram Sabha is being strengthened as it is a perfect method of mobilizing community participation. While Gram Sabhas check the abuse of powers by the panchayat, they are supposed to act as watchdog to protect community interest and common property resources.
Gram Sabha has also been given greater role in managing financial resources given to panchayats. The strengthening of Gram Sabha helps in process of social audit. Activities of various NGOs/CBOs working at the village level can be effectively monitored by insisting on their cose cooperation with the Gram Sabha.
Accountability, transparency in the functioning of PRIs is very important.
Transparency and Accountability - RTI enforced in PRIs
To ensure greater transparency and accountability the State Government has taken following
decisions also :-
Display of all vital information regarding receipt of funds under different heads, works done and money spent work wise, in the Panchayat office or any community building for the information of the public.
Provision has already been made in the Panchayat Raj Rules for the inspection of all relevant records (Rule 79).
Public Information Officer and appellate officer at each and every level of PRIs have been appointed by the Dept. of Panchayati Raj.
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