Allocations planned to empower panchayats

February 16th, 2009 - 6:12 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 16 (IANS) In order to empower panchayats and have transparent and efficient accountability systems, the government has proposed to expand the Panchayat Empowerment and Accountability Incentive Scheme (PEAIS) by making suitable allocations.

“EAIS is an existing scheme under the central sector plan which has been recognized as a powerful instrument to incentivise states to devolve funds, functions and functionaries and set up an institutional framework for such devolution,” said External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee while presenting the interim budget in Lok Sabha Monday.

The minister also said the government would provide all support to Project Arrow, a postal department initiative to revitalize its core operations and to provide technology-enabled service to the people.

Mukherjee said the project has been successfully implemented in 500 post offices across the country.

Project Arrow is also expected to lay the foundation for a better delivery mechanism for many social sector schemes such as pension and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), he added.

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