Under Article 243 G of the Indian Constitution, Gram Panchayats have been mandated for the preparation and implementation of plans for economic development and social justice. Thus, Panchayats have a significant role to play in the effective and efficient implementation of flagship schemes and programmes on subjects of national importance for transforming rural India. With this aim, the People’s Plan Campaign titled ‘Sabki Yojana Sabka Vikas’, for inclusive and holistic preparation of Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) was run from October 2, 2020 to January 31, 2021 as was done during 2018 and 2019. In this endeavour, convergence was sought with all departments relating to 29 devolved subjects listed in XIth Schedule of the Constitution. The objectives of ‘Sabki Yojana Sabka Vikas’ broadly include strengthening of elected representatives and self-help groups (SHG), evidence based assessment of progress made in 2020-21 and proposals for 2021-22 in all 29 subjects of XI Schedule, public disclosure on schemes and finances along with the preparation of inclusive, participatory and evidence based GPDP for 2021-22 through structured Gram Sabha involving front-line workers and supervisors of all 29 sectors of XI schedule, Union Minister of State for Panchayati Raj, Kapil Moreshwar Patil said in a written reply in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
The campaign aimed to help Gram Panchayats (GPs) in the preparation of convergent and holistic GPDP through the identification of sectoral infrastructural gaps in respective areas. The approval of GPDP for the year 2021-22, well in advance, will provide GPs full year for implementation and effective monitoring of works. The states will, thus, be in full readiness for effectively utilising the resources available with them and other schematic interventions under GPDP during 2021-22, the minister informed the lower house of Indian parliament.
Sabki Yojana Sabka Vikas is an effective strategy for ensuring the preparation of GPDP in a campaign mode by endeavouring to converge all resources available at the Panchayat level related to 29 subjects listed in the Eleventh Schedule of the Constitution. As such no separate allocation has been earmarked for Sabki Yojana Sabka Vikas to states and union territories, Patil further said.
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