Indian Panchayats are moving fast through E-way. More than One Lakh Panchayats made online voucher entries during 2011-2012. And over 47,000 Panchayats put their approved Annual Action Plans online for 2011-12. Although, the progress of e-Panchayat Mission Mode Project (MMP) has been slow in the past. But now Modi Govt. is pursuing to complete the project in time bound manner. Nitin Gadkari, Minister in charge for Panchayati Raj has given clear instructions to complete the project on high priority. But lack of Electricity and poor connectivity of Internet in the states is delaying the project.
According to sources in the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, the union Government is implementing the e-Panchayat Mission Mode Project (MMP) that addresses all core aspects of Panchayats’ functioning viz. Planning, Monitoring, Implementation, Budgeting, Accounting, Social Audit, etc. Rs. 130.39 Crores budget was sanctioned for the e-Panchayat MMP project by the previous UPA Govt. in the centre.
Under the e-Panchayat MMP projects, 11 Core Common Software Applications are envisaged which collectively constitute the Panchayat Enterprise Suite (PES). Four of these Applications namely PRIASoft, PlanPlus, National Panchayat Portal and Local Governance Directory have been adopted by the States since two years.
Six more Applications namely Area Profiler, ServicePlus, Asset Directory, ActionSoft, Social Audit and Trainings Management were launched on 24th April, 2012 on the occasion of National Panchayat Day and the States are imparting trainings on these Applications during this year before their adoption.
Two important Applications under e-Panchayat Mission Mode Project (MMP) that foster transparency and accountability in Panchayati Raj Institutions are PRIASoft (web based Panchayat accounting software) and PlanPlus (web based participatory planning software). PlanPlus facilitates adoption of decentralized, participative planning by the Panchayats. Over 47,000 Panchayats put their approved Annual Action Plans online for 2011-12.
The new Govt. in the centre has taken various steps for speedy and effective implementation of the Project. It includes workshops and trainings to demonstrate the applications to the State Govt. functionaries. Ministry of Panchayati Raj is also providing trained faculty to provide trainings on all applications.
The Govt. had also provided consultants to 25 States to initiate the rollout of the project upto June, 2012. States/UTs have been given financial assistance for setting up of Programme Management Units (PMUs) at State and District levels for adoption of PES applications. Furthermore, States are also incentivized to adopt the PES applications through the annual e-Panchayat Puraskars.