The Government has been implementing eGramSwaraj under e-Panchayat Mission Mode Project, as a part of Digital India programme, in the country to revamp the functioning of Gram Panchayats. eGramSwaraj addresses various aspects of Panchayat functioning such as planning, accounting, budgeting including online payments through eGramSwaraj-PFMS Interface for services delivered, Union Minister of State for Panchayati Raj, Kapil Moreshwar Patil said in a written reply in Loksabha on Tuesday.
So far, 253,716 Gram Panchayat Development Plans for FY 2021-22 have been prepared. 225,153 GPs have adopted eGramSwaraj for the purpose of accounting in the current year 2021-22. Further, 224,671 Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) have onboarded eGramSwaraj-PFMS Interface for carrying out online transactions. During 2020-21, 1,54,091 Gram Panchayats have done online payments worth cumulative of Rs. 48,299 crore, including all the onboarded schemes, through eGramSwaraj- PFMS Interface. For the current year, 2021-22, 109,565 Panchayati Raj Institutions have carried online payments worth Rs. 7,699 crore, the minister further said.
BharatNet project is being implemented in a phased manner by Department of Telecommunications to provide broadband connectivity to all the Gram Panchayats and equivalent in the country. As on 16.07.2021, a total number of 158,266 Gram Panchayat’s, including block head quarters, have been made service ready in the country, Moreshwar informed the parliament.
Due to the COVID-19 related lockdown and restrictions the targeted date for the completion of the project is extended to August 2023 from August 2021, he added.
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