On October 23, 2019, Union Minister for Panchayati Raj Mr Narendra Singh Tomar conferred National Panchayat Awards 2019 in New Delhi to 240 panchayats out of the 2.5 lakh panchayats of India. The Panchayati Raj Ministers from states of Karnataka, Chattisgarh, Assam and Tamil Nadu along with representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions across the country took part in the award ceremony.
i.The Minister launched a Spatial Planning Application called ‘Gram Manchitra’ which is a Geo Spatial based decision support system for the panchayats.
ii.The Awards were given under the following categories:
- Deen Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar (DDUPSP): 195 awards were given to best performing Panchayats (District, Intermediate and Gram) for their good work on improving the delivery of services and public goods. There were 9 thematic categories- Sanitation; Civic Services; Natural Resource Management; Serving Marginalized Section; Social Sector Performance; Disaster Management; Community Based Organisations (CBOs) / Individuals taking voluntary actions to support Gram Panchayats; Innovation in revenue generation and e-Governance.
- Nanaji Deshmukh Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Puraskar (NDRGGSP): 20 Gram Panchayats (GPs) were awarded for their outstanding contribution to the socio-economic development by involving Gram Sabhas.
- Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) Award: 3 GP’s were awarded for developing GPDPs according to the State/ Union Territory (UT) specific guidelines prepared in line with the model guidelines issued by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj. It was introduced in 2018.
- Child-friendly Gram Panchayat Award (CFGPA): 22 GPs/Village Councils (VCs) (one in each State/UT) were awarded for adopting child-friendly practices. This award was instituted during the year 2018-19.
- e-Panchayat Puraskar: 6 states were awarded for promoting e-enablement of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) for bringing in efficiency, transparency and accountability in their functioning.
About Ministry of Panchayati Raj:
♦ Headquarters: New Delhi
♦ Constituency of Narendra Singh Tomar: Morena, Madhya Pradesh