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Financial empowerment of Panchayati Raj institutions enhanced in JK: Admin

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AC delegates powers to accord administrative approval to PRIs

Jammu: The Administrative Council (AC) which met under the chairmanship of the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, approved the delegation of powers for granting Administrative Approval to Gram Panchayats, Block Samitis and Zila Parishads for the execution of works, the expenditure of which will be met out of Panchayats’ own resources.

According to a statement, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, JK attended the meeting.

The statement reads in order to promote the involvement of PRIs in the development process, the administration has further empowered the Panchayati Raj Institutions financially.

“Sequel to this decision the Gram Panchayats have been vested with an authority to accord Administrative Approval to works from Rs 1.00 to Rs 5.00 Lakh, the Block Samitis have been delegated powers to accord Administrative Approval to works ranging from Rs 5.00 to Rs 20.00 Lakh and the Zila Parishad now has the powers to accord Administrative Approval up to Rs. 1 Crore.”

It reads the PRIs will be able to incur expenditure as per General Financial Rules and guidelines related to AA, TS, and e-tendering.

“The decision comes as a significant step towards empowering PRIs as it shall enable them to set their own priorities and help them in timely execution of works out of own resources of the panchayats,” the statement said.

It added in the backdrop of its mission to enhance inclusive growth of rural areas in the Union territory, the administration through this decision aims to promote self-reliance in financial matters.


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