The Center has spent more than Rs 5,674.70 crore on computerization of panchayats in Bihar.
Revealing this in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, Union Minister of State for Panchayati Raj Kapil Moreshwar Patil said the amount was released under the 14th Finance Commission in 2019-20 to the gram panchayats ( GP) of Bihar for the provision of basic services and other infrastructure for the inhabitants of the villages.
“As the panchayat is a state subject, the saturation of informatization in general practitioners is mainly the responsibility of the states. Therefore, no time frame can be set by the ministry for the saturation of informatization in the state of Bihar,” the minister said.
He said despite this, the ministry of Panchayati Raj complements the efforts of states including Bihar through its plans and programs on a limited scale.
“Under the Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA), computers for 531 gram panchayats have been approved for Bihar. In addition, 15th Finance Commission untied/core grants can also be used by gram panchayats for computers,” he said.
Reportedly, the 547 gram panchayats in Bihar do not have computers.
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