In line with the e-governance initiatives being undertaken by various state governments, the newly-created Telangana state has proposed to start e-Panchayat initiative in as many as 2,400 Gram Panchayats (GPs).
Under the initiative, the state government proposes to provide computer services at the lowest level of the government.
As per the proposal, the government would set up “one stop shop” in these gram panchayats to facilitate payments relating to MGNREGS, pensions, watershed and other government programmes, according to a government official.
The decision followed a meeting of Panchayati Raj and Information Technology Minister K Taraka Rama Rao, who held a review meeting with top officials of the state.
The goal of the e-Panchayat is to provide computerised services at the local government level, officials said, adding, the State government would like to empower these GPs to be transparent, accountable and responsive.
This (e-Panchayats) is expected to bring in a revolution in increasing transparency and accountability in all the Gram Panchayats and make them function like a village level secretariat.
The government proposes to start e-Panchayats with broadband connectivity so as to offer complete computerised services, including tax collection, layout fees, fee collection on birth and death certificates, preparation of “Mana Vooru-Mana Pranalika” plan monitoring expenditure of various schemes of the GPs.