About RGSA

The Finance Minister, in his budget speech for 2016-17, announced the launch of new restructured scheme of Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA), for developing and strengthening the capacities of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) for rural local governance to become more responsive towards local development needs, preparing the participatory plans that leverage technology, efficient and optimum utilization of available resources for realizing sustainable solutions to local problems linked to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The key principles of SDGs, i.e. leaving no one behind, reaching the farthest first and universal coverage, along with gender equality will be embedded in the design of all capacity building interventions including trainings, training modules and materials.

In his Budget Speech for 2017-18, the Finance Minister announced to undertake a Mission Antyodaya to bring one crore households out of poverty to make 50,000 Gram Panchayats poverty free. Accordingly, convergent action with Mission Antyodaya has been integrated into this scheme.

Focus areas of RGSA

To ensure:
  • Basic orientation training for the Elected Representatives (ERs) of Panchayats, within 6 months of their election.
  • Refresher trainings to be ensured within 2 years.
  • Capacity Building of ERs with Priority to Aspirational Districts and Mission Antyodaya clusters.
  • Strengthening of the Panchayat – SHG partnership.

To bridge gaps in:
  • Capacity Building and Training (CB&T),
  • Gram Panchayat infrastructure,
  • Use of IT for distance learning & for e-Enablement of Panchayats,
  • Institutional support for innovations,
  • Gap filling support of economic development & income enhancement.
  • Technical support including Human Resource (HR) based on identified gaps.
  • To provide handholding support by Academic Institutions/ Institutions of excellence to GPs for Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) formulation.
  • To promote provision of adequate manpower at GP level & to provide support for technical manpower.
  • To support greater e-enablement of Panchayats for e-governance to enhance efficiency and transparency with thrust on Panchayat Enterprise Suite (PES) Applications developed by the Ministry.
  • To facilitate Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT), Public Finance Management System (PFMS), use and Geotagging of assets in Gram Panchayats.
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Objective and Coverage of RGSA

Objective:
  • Develop governance capabilities of PRIs to deliver on the SDGs.
  • Enhance capabilities of Panchayats for inclusive local governance with focus on optimum utilization of available resources and conver -gence with other schemes to address issues of national importance.
  • Enhance capabilities of Panchayats to raise their own sources of revenue.
  • Strengthen Gram Sabhas to function effectively as the basic forum of people’s participation, transparency and accountability within the Panchayat system.
  • Promote devolution of powers and responsibilities to Panchayats according to the spirit of the Constitution and PESA Act 1996.
  • Develop a network of institutions of excellence to support capacity building and handholding for PRIs.
  • Strengthen institutions for capacity enhancement of PRIs at various levels and enable them to achieve adequate quality standards in infrastructure, facilities, human resources and outcome based training.
  • Promote e-governance and other technology driven solutions to enable good governance in Panchayats for administrative efficiency and improved service delivery.
  • Recognize and incentivize PRIs based on performance
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Coverage:
  • RGSA will extend to all States and Union Territories (UTs) of the country. For the purpose of these guidelines, wherever ‘Panchayats’ are mentioned, these will include institutions of rural local government in non-Part IX areas.









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