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Things You Need to Know about Panchayati Raj Infrastructure

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

Things You Need to Know about Panchayati Raj Infrastructure

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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