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body to decide and approve the District Plan. The process is being followed for the preparation of Panchayat Plans under centrally sponsored Backward Region Grant Fund.

Capacity building

82.

As a result of General Panchayat Election in 2005 following situation of PRIs has come up-

offices

by

Chair

Ward

Chair

Ward

Reservation

Person

Members

Person

Members

Number

of

District Panchayat

Block Panchayat

Gram Panchayat

Chair

Ward

Person

Membe

rs

Total

Total Offices

70

2631

820

65,004

52,000

6,54,637

7,75, 162

83.

The gigantic task of imparting training to about 7.75 lac Panchayat Raj representatives and about

Sixteen thousand Government functionaries, i.e., Chief Development Officer/CEO, Addl. CEO/AMA of

Zila Panchayats, District Panchayat Raj Officers, Block Development Officers/Secretaries of Panchayat, Asst. Development Officers of Panchayats and Gram Panchayat Vikas Adhikaries,

Kshettra who are

directly related to PRIs, has been set up an independent state functionaries. Training modules

taken level with

by the State Government. The State Government has decided to training centre at Lucknow for PRI representatives and separate modules for women Panchayati Raj representatives was

prepared in consultation with experts from Lucknow Univ ersity, UNICEF, SIRD and various NGOs.

84.

In view of enhancement in capacity of Detail Panchayats Projects have been prepared and are

being executed under UNDP funded CDLG project, Central Sponsored Scheme RGSY and the BRGF.

Maintenance of Accounts

85.

It has been made mandatory to maintain accounts of Panchayats on the 17 formats prescribed by

C&G. For that purpose State Government has given authority to Gram Panchayats to hire a Charted Accountant selected by a committee headed by the District Magistrate every year for the maintenance of

Accounts. Gram Panchayats are being given Rs 4000/- every year as CAs fees for the purpose.

Role of Gram Panchayats in Development process

86.

The State Government has setup ambitious targets for improvement in Human Development

Indices during the Eleventh Plan. This basically means dramatic improvement in Education; Health and Nutrition indicators among others and that can become possible only if the Gram Panchayats begin to play

a proactive role.

87.

Keeping in view the facilitation and honour of Panchayat representatives they are authorized to

draw fixed amount per month as honorarium since 2004. Currently the amount as honorarium has been authorized as 750 to Pradhan, Rs 3000 to Pramukh and Rs 4000 to Adhyaksha Zila Panchayat per month. To attend the meeting of Panchayats member Zila Panchayat is entitled for Rs300 and the member of

Kshtra Panchayatis entitled to Rs 200.

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