Madhya Pradesh to Set Up Over 600 Model Gram Panchayats: Model Gram Panchayats Based on Criteria Developed by UNDP Project

06 Sep 2012

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Bhopal - Elected representatives from Madhya Pradesh will no longer need to travel to other states to learn about model gram panchayats. Led by the Department of Panchayati Raj, the state has decided to develop 616 model gram panchayats by the end of the year.

Each model panchayat will have connectivity with main roads, concrete internal road systems linking all hamlets, drainage systems and functioning schools with mid-day meals. The panchayats will also be open-defecation free, provide safe drinking water and fair price shops to residents, set-up social audits and ensure that schemes such as the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme function effectively.

The model panchayats will be based on twelve parameters developed as part of a joint UNDP and Government of India project aimed at Capacity Development for Local Governance. The parameters developed include only those activities that are under the jurisdiction of the panchayat. IEC material including ready-reckoners and calendars have been disseminated to 23,000 panchayats in the state to guide elected representatives on effective local governance and how to develop a model panchayat.

Commending the state on this ambitious initiative, Caitlin Wiesen, Country Director, United Nations Development Programme said, “Model panchayats provide a holistic and comprehensive understanding of how local governance systems can improve service delivery to local communities. They can also serve as a source of inspiration to trigger further action on developing model panchayats capable of meeting the needs of local constituencies.”

Contact Information:

Amit Anand: amit.anand@undp.org