A unique Spatial Planning Application called ‘Gram Manchitra’ was launched on Wednesday to enable panchayats to plan, develop and monitor developmental activities on real time basis.
The Geo Spatial based decision support system was introduced by Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Narendra Singh Tomar, at a function at New Delhi.
The minister also gave away the National Panchayat Award 2019 to 240 panchayats out of the 2.5 lakh panchayats in the country.
Congratulating the award winners, Mr Tomar called upon every panchayat to move ahead for making a new India. Gram Panchayats and Sarpanchs should fully utilize the powers given to them and should formulate the Development Plans for their panchayats at the earliest to effectively implement the Government programs.
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.
The Best performing Panchayats were selected based on various criteria and indicators. This incentivization encourages Panchayat representatives who make special efforts; creates models for other Panchayats and Gram Sabhas to follow and focuses public attention on Panchayats’ performance, which encourages all Panchayats to improve their performance. Finally, this creates an eco-system for overall good governance at the local level.