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Out of 256,765 gram panchayats and Rural Local Bodies across India, 197,108 gram panchayats have panchayat buildings and 59,657 are functioning without panchayat buildings

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Panchayati Raj being a state subject, providing panchayat buildings in gram panchayats (GPs) is primarily the responsibility of state governments. The states are expected to mobilise funds for construction of panchayat buildings from various sources. However, to supplement efforts of states, the Ministry of Panchayati Raj under its different schemes has been providing financial assistance to the states and union territories for construction of panchayat bhawans, Union Minister of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Narendra Singh Tomar said in the Lok Sabha Tuesday.
 
Under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) of Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA), being implemented from 2018-19 also has a provision to provide funds to the states and UTs for construction of GP buildings on limited scale at the rate of Rs. 20 lakh per GP building and construction of approx 4,500 GP buildings have been approved under the scheme. Details of GP buildings constructed under the various schemes are maintained at states and UT level. As per information available, out of 256,765 GPs and Rural Local Bodies (RLBs) across states and UTs, 197,108 GPs have panchayat buildings and 59,657 GPs are without panchayat buildings, Tomar informed the lower house of the Parliament.

Keeping in view felt the need of gram panchayat buildings and also taking into consideration limited resources under RGSA, the states have been advised to ensure that the construction of GP buildings are taken up on priority by converging funds and resources under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), unspent funds of 14th Finance Commission, funds from 15th Finance Commission and also those from state schemes among other resources so as to saturate the gap by the end of year 2022, the minister said.

State-wise details of Panchayat Buildings

SL. No

State

Gram Panchayats/ Rural Local Bodies

Panchayat with Buildings

Panchayat without Buildings

1

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

70

59

11

2

Andhra Pradesh

13063

11756

1307

3

Arunachal Pradesh

1785

552

1233

4

Assam

2199

1905

294

5

Bihar

8387

7332

1055

6

Chhattisgarh

10963

10963

0

7

Dadra and Nagar Haveli

20

11

9

8

Daman and Diu

18

18

0

9

Goa

191

101

90

10

Gujarat

14292

14065

227

11

Haryana

6197

2370

3827

12

Himachal Pradesh

3226

3217

9

13

Jammu & Kashmir*

4292

3033

1259

14

Jharkhand

4350

4074

276

15

Karnataka

6021

5561

460

16

Kerala

941

938

3

17

Madhya Pradesh

22813

22813

0

18

Maharashtra

27872

24083

3789

19

Manipur

161

104

57

20

Meghalaya

1570

0

1570

21

Mizoram

804

709

95

22

Nagaland

1262

637

625

23

Odisha

6798

6798

0

24

Puducherry

108

88

20

25

Punjab

13267

5643

7624

26

Rajasthan

10136

9413

723

27

Sikkim

185

142

43

28

Tamil Nadu

12524

9873

2651

29

Telangana

12769

8379

4390

30

Tripura

591

535

56

31

Uttar Pradesh

58761

32444

26317

32

Uttarakhand

7789

6190

1599

33

West Bengal

3340

3302

38

 

Total

256765

197108

59657

*Including UT of Ladakh

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