Punjab to become ‘e-panchayat’ state by year-end,says minister

The Punjab government plans to put details of all its 12,776 village panchayats on its official website by year end,Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Surjit Singh Rakhra said on Sunday.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Chandigarh | Published: May 21, 2012 3:28 am

The Punjab government plans to put details of all its 12,776 village panchayats on its official website by year end,Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Surjit Singh Rakhra said on Sunday.

“Punjab will become an e-panchayat state till the end of this year by putting all the data of panchayats on the website of our department,” said Rakhra,while adding that websites of all zila parishads and block samitis are complete and work on the panchayat department website — to be launched in Punjabi — is on.

While the village panchayat websites will have details of famous personalities,popular and historical places,the panchayat department website will have contact numbers,educational qualifications of its members and related information,said Rakhra.

Other information to be available on a click included distance of village from main cities and main roads,overall information about village,schools,colleges,hospitals,community centres and centre and state-sponsored schemes going on in the villages.

A total of 186 officials and 367 data entry operators have been engaged for the e-panchayat project,Rakhra said,adding that besides the routine administrative official decisions,orders related to transfers will also be available on the department’s website.

Advisory board for reforms in revenue department set up

The Punjab government on Sunday decided to set up an advisory body to introduce changes in the functioning of the state revenue department. Decision to this effect has been taken by Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia in a high-level meeting. “The advisory body will include senior department officers and revenue experts,who will work in cohesion to find out ways to increase revenue,work towards the welfare of the people,also maintain land records and also redress the disputes of NRIs,” said Majithia. He added: “Total transparency in the maintenance of the land records and deeds will be ensured to weed out corruption. A feedback system will also be evolved to redress the grievances of the people.”

30,000 children out of school,says education minister.

The state government has chalked out a programme to impart special training to out-of-school children in the age group of 6 to 14 years. Education Minister Sikandar Singh Maluka said that a total number of 30,939 such children have been identified and approved for coverage under this scheme. “As many as 20,720 children in the age group of 6 to 7 years were admitted directly in formal schools. While 6,706 out-of-school children in the age group of 7 to 8 years were covered through school readiness programme,7,119 out- of-school children in the same age group were directly admitted to schools,” said Maluka.

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