163 Gram Panchayats of HP declared paperless


    Himachal Pradesh has taken a major leap in rendering of public services online as nine different records were being maintained online in 163 Gram Panchayats and declaring them paper less. The Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Shri Anil Sharma said in a press statement today that 163 Panchayats are declared paperless as they were maintained online data of birth and death, stock, marriage, ledger, accounts and other certificates.


    The State Government which is signatory of E-Panchayat project of Union Government taken major leap after providing a network through rural telephony and laying optical fibers for high-speed connectivity. The Minister who is the son of former Union Minister Sukh Ram known for first telecom revolution in the country said that state is on midnight burner after committed strengthening of PRIs and their working to be to extend this services to rest of Panchayat in the State.


    The Minister hoped that this landmark E-panchayat project would help the do away the red tapism with speedy public services at the rural level as one dozen different software applications enable transparency and responsiveness in the day-to-day functioning of the Panchayat. He said that with the launching of this project in the first phase State was giving impetus to the development of seven software applications and rest would be added up to the kitty soon with enhancement of project to most of the Panchayat.


    The State has now taken a major decision to make all 3226 Panchayats of the State online and paperless and in the initial phase, nine types of services in 163 panchayats covering all districts successfully made paperless. In the next phase target has been laid to extend online services to rest of panchayats by 31 August 2017 by switching over to entire data in a safe manner to paperless online from the reducing the uneconomic system of manual jargon.


    This hill State is among the best three tier Panchayat Raj system govern states where most of the decisions of developments and planning were being taken by the rural local self-governments and having about 63 percent women local representatives. The state has passed the time bound rendering of services citizen charter bill to dispose of public queries and work speedily, the minister added.

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    ML Verma is a Senior journalist, with more than a decade of experience of active reporting for electronic media, news agencies and fast paced online media.

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