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Gujarat: 78 villages in Rajkot district to get new panchayat office buildings

The offices will be constructed using funds under MGNREGA and grants from the 15th Finance Commission.

By: Express News Service | Rajkot |
February 12, 2022 3:37:04 pm
The state has also registered an increase in women person-days and Schedule Caste persondays this year.(File)

As part of the state government’s initiative to provide an office to every village panchayat, the Rajkot district panchayat has decided to construct offices for 10 to 12 village panchayats, which currently have no panchayat ghar (office), and also to construct new buildings to replace dilapidated offices in more than 60 village panchayats.

A total of 78 panchayat ghars-cum-talati-matri-residences will be constructed in the district, an official release from the district panchayat said. Of these, 67 will be constructed using funds under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and 11 will be funded using grants from the 15th Finance Commission, the release further said.

“We are hopeful of getting MNREGA material grant for construction of these new village panchayat office buildings and our plan is to complete the construction of these buildings by May 1, the foundation day of Gujarat. On the other hand, the general board of Rajkot district panchayat has already given the green signal to construct 11 panchayat office buildings using the 15th Finance Commission grant, and therefore funding is not a problem there,” said Dev Chaudhary, district development officer (DDO) of Rajkot.

“There are around 10 to 12 village panchayats in the district which are functioning out of rented premises, but now they will have their own office buildings. In other villages, existing office buildings are in a dilapidated condition or out of use and new ones will be constructed in their place,” he added.

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According to the release, 11 village panchayat office buildings will be constructed in Jamkandoarana taluka, 10 each in Vinchhiya and Upleta talukas, eight each in Rajkot and Jasdan talukas, seven each in Kotda Sangani and Padadhari talukas, six in Dhoraji, five in Gondal, four in Jetpur and two in Lodhika.

“These new office buildings will have toilets and other amenities and will also function as the residence of talati-cum-matris,” the DDO said.

Incidentally, Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel had announced earlier this year that the state government has plans to make 200 services available online in villages and the release said the proposed construction of the new office buildings was a step in that direction. “At least 10 of these 78 village panchayats have their own significant funds and they will contribute financially also to make their new office buildings even better,” said Chaudhary.

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