As informed by Minister of Panchayati Raj, Mani Shankar Aiyar, in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, the Union Government has proposed a Centrally Sponsored Scheme for e-governance in Panchayati Raj Institutions (e-PRI). The proposed scheme will bring about improved service delivery through the Panchayats and enable greater accountability of government to the community through use of ICT. Department of Information Technology has included e-Governance for Panchayats as a Mission Mode Project (MMP) under National e-Governance Programme (NeGP).
In the proposed scheme, all Village and Block Panchayats are to be provided with ICT infrastructure (Computer, Printer, UPS and Web Camera) with broadband connectivity. Appropriate software applications will also be deployed so as to enable Panchayats meet service needs of various stakeholders such as citizens, States/UTs and Central Govt. Building capacities of PRIs to absorb and internalize ICT interventions through e-PRI is also proposed. The Service kiosks are proposed to be located in Panchayat Ghars or any other place available within the Panchayat area. The scheme is expected to be rolled-out within the next three years.