Cash award given to full sanitation coverage with defecation-free environment.
Only 2,808 gram panchayats, one block panchayat have been chosen for 2010 award.
Number of awards peaked in 2008 with 12,144 panchayats, 112 blocks, 8 zila parishads winning.

NEW DELHI: The incentive award the Ministry of Panchayati Raj gives annually to the Panchayati Raj Institutions to take up sanitation promoti

PURI: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, in a day-long tour of Brahmagiri Assembly constituency, inaugurated two bridges and laid a foundation stone for four multipurpose cyclone shelter centres today.

In a public meeting at Krushnaprasad, he lauded the local legislator Sanjay Das Burma for his contribution towards development of the constituency.

He said the long-standing problems of the area l

THE Planning Commission will formulate an action plan for central Indian tribal areas in the 12th Five-Year Plan that begins next year. The Plan panel had abandoned a similar programme for Naxal districts following differences with the Home Ministry.

The new plan would include the Red Corridor where Naxal activity does not require intervention of security forces.

This document discusses the status of Panchayats and approach to roadmap, strengthening democratic functioning of the Panchayats, functions of the Panchayats, functionaries of the Panchayats, Panchayat finances and accounting, e-Panchayat, Panchayat (Extension to Scheduled areas) Act, decentralized governance in the north east states, legal framework & the road ahead.

The Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has constituted a committee of ministers for continuous monitoring and supervision of relief distribution to frost affected farmers in the state.

The committee comprises Minister for Panchayats and Rural Development Gopal Bhargav, Minister for Farmers Welfare and Agriculture Development Dr.

This is a  special report in Down To Earth on how the 13the Finance Commission puts three times more money in the hands of local governments to spend—at their own will.


Concerned over lack of development in the tribal areas, which has led to the rise of Left-Wing extremism (LWE), the Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council will review the government

Aug. 20: Eyeing on improving the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), the government will build panchayat ghars and Bharat Nirman Rajiv Gandhi Sewa Kendras across the country over the next three years.

Pune Former member of Maharashtra State Planning Board H M Desarda has proposed that the government incorporate

Ministry of Panchayati Raj has formulated a Model Panchayats and Gram Swaraj Act (MPGSA) for states. The Ministry invited members to give their comments and suggestions.