Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyan
Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyan (RGPSA) in 2013-14 has subsumed the four erstwhile schemes of RGSY, e Panchayat, PEAIS, PMEYSA. The objectives of this scheme are as follows:
- Enhance the capacities and effectiveness of Panchayats and the Gram Sabhas;
- Enable democratic decision-making and accountability in Panchayats;
- Strengthen the institutional structure for knowledge creation and capacity building of Panchayats.
- Promote devolution of powers and responsibilities to Panchayats as per the spirit of the Constitution.
Specially strengthen Gram Sabhas in Schedule V areas to discharge their responsibilities as envisaged in Panchayat Extension to Scheduled Areas 1996 Act (PESA).
` 406.80 crore have been earmarked in this scheme for 2013-14. RGPSA would be a country-wide programme. N.E. States will also be eligible for supporting democratically elected District Councils and Village Councils provided they also fulfil the prescribed essential condition.