CCEA approves restructured Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan


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Mains Paper 2: Governance | Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Particulars of the RGSA

Mains level: The expected benefits of the scheme. Also, it can be seen as a part of digital India initiative.


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Introduction of a restructured Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA) 

  1. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved a restructured Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA)
  2. It is aimed at building infrastructure and stepping up initiatives for e-governance
  3. Prime Minister will launch the scheme on National Panchayati Raj Day on April 24

Particulars of the scheme

  1. The scheme will focus on training, building infrastructure, stepping up initiatives for e-governance under the e-Panchayat Mission Mode Project (MMP)
  2. The scheme will extend to all states and Union Territories and will also include institutions of rural local government in non-Part IX areas, where panchayats do not exist

Financial sharing ratio

  1. The sharing ratio for the state components will be 60:40 barring the Northeast and hilly states where it will be 90:10
  2. For UTs, the central share will be 100 per cent
  3. The total proposed cost of the scheme is Rs 7255.50 crore

Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) Award

  1. A new award “GPDP Award” has been introduced this year
  2. It will be conferred on three gram panchayats with the best planning across the country

Local Government Directory Application

  1. It is developed by the Rural Development Ministry and will be released(on the same day) for wide usage across all ministries to ensure inter-operability across their databases
  2. The directory will have unique codes for villages, panchayats and blocks

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Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA)

  1. The aim of the Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan is to strengthen the Panchayati Raj system across the country and address critical gaps that constrain its success
  2. RGSA seeks to:
  • Enhance capacities and effectiveness of Panchayats and the Gram Sabhas;
  • Enable democratic decision-making and accountability in Panchayats and promote people’s participation;
  • Strengthen the institutional structure for knowledge creation and capacity building of Panchayats;
  • Promote devolution of powers and responsibilities to Panchayats according to the spirit of the Constitution and PESA Act;
  • Strengthen Gram Sabhas to function effectively as the basic forum of peoples participation, transparency and accountability within the Panchayat system;
  • Create and strengthen democratic local self-government in areas where Panchayats do not exist;
    Strengthen the constitutionally mandated framework on which Panchayats are founded

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