DMPQ Premium- . Comment on the structure and funding of Uttarakhand’s panchayati raj system.

Uttarakhand State has 3-tier PRI’s structure and comprises of 13 ZP, 95 BP and 7541 GP. Its legal basis is set out on the basis of the Uttar Pradesh Kshetra Panchayat and Zila Panchayat Act of 1961 and the Uttar Pradesh Panchayat Raj Act of 1947, as modified by the Uttarakhand Government under by the Uttar Pradesh Kshetra Panchayat and Zila Panchayat Act (Uttarakhand Adoption and Modification Orders) in October 2001 and in January 2002. Uttarakhand Government had issued G.O for devolution of 14 subjects under 11 Departments. However, only 3 subjects; rural housing, poverty alleviation and women and child welfare has been devolved while devolution of other subjects are still to be implemented. Activity mapping is not done for the devolved functions.

The PRIs in Uttarakhand currently receives fund from 5 different sources:

  • Central Government (under 12th Finance Commission).
  • 2nd State Finance Commission.
  • Panchayat Vikas Nidhi / fund.
  • MP/MLA Development Fund.
  • Funds for Centrally Sponsored Schemes.

 

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