SRINAGAR: To transform and strengthen the functioning of Panchayati Raj bodies of Jammu and Kashmir, the government is all set to provide digital infrastructure with internet connectivity to all panchayats and Block Development Councils (BDCs).
A sum of Rs 36.80 crore has been earmarked to these bodies for purchase of computers, printers and scanners. The rural local bodies will also be equipped with internet facility enabling them to work in an efficient and transparent manner.
The Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, J&K had earlier conducted digital trainings for the Sarpanchs and Panchs to acquaint them with basics of computer; and on how to work digitally, make digital payments, and maintain records etc, and they are already making MGNREGA and 14th FC payments through digital signatures.
“The digital infrastructure will make the panchayats more transparent, accountable and efficient,” said Sheetal Nanda, Secretary Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, J&K. “The move is basically aimed at providing speedy delivery of services to the rural masses.” She further added that the move will provide an easy access and mode of communication with the panchayats.
The government has also sanctioned Rs. 4.29 crore to panchayats, with Rs. 10000 for each panchayat specifically for meeting the expenses for the conduct of recent B2V3 programme.