The Government has formulated a project namely e-Panchayat Mission Mode Project (MMP) for e-enablement of all the Panchayats which will make their functioning more efficient and transparent. The Project received in principle approval from the Planning Commission in August 2007. Out of 130.39 crores only that have been allocated for the Project so far, 23 crores and 24crores were allocated during 2009-10 and 2010-11 respectively without any disbursement to States. However, during 2011-12, 40 crores was allocated of which the releases to States/Union Territories as under:
i) 1.5 crores for incentivizing the adoption of PRIASoft; and
ii) 38.5 crores for setting up of Programme Management Units at State and District levels for rollout of e-Panchayat MMP.
iii) The budgetary allocation during 2012-13 is 40 Crores.
e-Governance in Panchayats is sought to be achieved through the e-Panchayat MMP under the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP). Under the e-Panchayat MMP, 11 Core Common Software applications are planned. Four of these applications namely PRIASoft, PlanPlus, National PanchayatPortal and Local Governance Directory have been rolled out. Six more applications except Geographic Information System (GIS) namely Area Profiler, ServicePlus, Asset Directory, ActionSoft, Social Audit and Trainings Management have also been launched on 24th April, 2012 on the occasion of National Panchayat Day. For effective implementation of the project, workshops are held to demonstrate the applications to the State Govt. functionaries.