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“Before we conducted the much-delayed panchayat polls last year, these funds were not reaching the grassroots. It is under governor’s rule that panchayat polls were finally held, enabling transfer of funds directly to elected sarpanches for undertaking development works,” said a functionary.
To ensure that the central funds are effectively utilised by the gram panchayats, a “back to village” initiative was started, requiring Class I officers to travel to the villages and guide the sarpanches and others, and also oversee the utilisation of funds.
Panchayats, in addition to being involved in the selection of eligible beneficiaries for various government welfare schemes, will get Rs 50 lakh-80 lakh per year for implementation of key national schemes such as the
National Health Mission
, Samagra Shiksha, etc.