Ministry of Panchayati Raj provides programmatic support to States for strengthening of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs)

New Delhi : Ministry of Panchayati Raj has been providing programmatic support to States for strengthening of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) so as to enable them to discharge their mandated duties effectively and efficiently. Further, the Ministry envisages to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through implementation Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA) scheme which mandates to capacitate elected representatives and functionaries to deliver on SDGs through participatory local planning at the Gram Panchayat level.

To take forward Ministry’s vision of localizing SDGs in rural India, an Expert Group had been constituted for making recommendations on ‘Localization of SDGs through PRIs under the Chairpersonship of Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Tamil Nadu and Senior Officers from Ministry of Panchayati Raj, State Panchayati Raj Departments, National Institute for Rural Development & Panchayati Raj (NIRD&PR), State Institute of Rural Developments (SIRDs) of some states and NITI Aayog. The Expert Group, after thorough deliberations, has submitted a detailed report with recommendations on the strategies and initiatives to be taken for localization of the SDGs at the grassroots level engaging PRIs and all relevant stakeholders in rural India. The report has been accepted by the Ministry.

Under the People’s Plan Campaign (PPC) rolled out this year from 2nd October,2021 up to 31st January, 2022 for preparation of  Gram Panchayat Development Plans (GPDPs) for 2022-23, Panchayats  have been advised to mandatorily integrate  the Village Poverty Reduction Plans (VPRPs) into GPDP.

This information was given by Union Minister of State for Panchayati Raj  Kapil Moreshwar Patil in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.