Kullu: Lack of training elected panchayat level members about functioning of online panchayat working system as well as no implementation of the system itself was affecting the functionality in rural areas, Satya Prakash Thakur, chairman of All India Panchayat Parishad stated here today.
Speaking to the media, he said, ”even though an announcement has been made, but the working system of Panchayat’s being connected with online facility is no where in sight. This itself was paralysing the working of panchayats as they were unable to use money granted by government and was proving to be waste of time and was hindering development in the rural areas.”
It is also surprising that only government employees in Panchayati Raj are having trained about online functioning while elected members are still unaware it. If elected members are also trained it will help in better functioning of the panchayat bodies, said Thakur.
Thakur, who is a former minister, announced the schedule of holding a district level seminar on 19th September for deliberating about the online working of Panchayati Raj institutions where the ground problems being faced would be raised. Such seminars would be held in all districts and in December, the state Panchayat Parishad would apprise the President of about the problems confronting us, he added.
After presiding over a Zila Parishad meeting here, Thakur at the media briefing blamed the central government for not releasing funds to Panchayat committees.
‘’It is the centre’s responsibility to make funds available for panchayat committees. The state government has assured about extending all assistance to panchayat committees for their functioning,” said Thakur.