The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on 21 April 2018 approved a restructured Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA) scheme aimed at making rural local bodies self-sustainable, financially stable and more efficient through use of e-governance vis-a-vis service delivery and transparency.
The scheme’s total outlay from 2018-19 to 2021-2022 would be Rs 7,255 crore, of which 60 per cent would be borne by the Centre. The implementation and monitoring of activities under the scheme will broadly be aligned to achieve such goals with the main thrust on panchayats identified under Mission Antyodaya and 115 aspirational districts as identified by NITI Aayog. Increased use of e-governance by the panchayat bodies would not just help in improved service delivery and transparency but also strengthen gram sabhas to function as effective institutions with social inclusion of citizens, particularly the vulnerable groups.
Addressing a press conference here, Union Panchayati Raj Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said Prime Minister Narendra Modi — who chaired the CCEA meeting will officially launch the scheme on April 24 in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandla. As a part of the scheme, a mobile application mActionSoft for field reporting and monitoring of physical progress of works undertaken by the panchayats has been launched.