` 60 crore for 250,000 pan­chay­ats

The Cen­tre's de­ci­sion to re­duce Pan­chay­ati Raj Min­istry's bud­get and trans­fer its schemes to states has left the min­istry be­wil­dered about its job and caught states un­pre­pared for de­vo­lu­tion of power

Down to Earth - - PANCHAYATI RAJ - DOWN TO EARTH JI­TEN­DRA |

IS IT Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi's ini­tia­tive to de­volve power to states and al­low them to de­sign their devel­op­ment pro­grammes ac­cord­ing to their pri­or­i­ties, or to make ir­rel­e­vant a min­istry that was cre­ated un­der the regime of the pre­vi­ous United Pro­gres­sive Al­liance gov­ern­ment? This ques­tion is be­wil­der­ing many af­ter Fi­nance Min­is­ter Arun Jaitely, in his bud­get pre­sen­ta­tion, slashed the plan out­lay of the Union Min­istry of Pan­chay­ati Raj (mopr) to a mea­gre 94 crore from 7,000 crore al­lo­cated last fis­cal.The bud­get al­lo­cated to the min­istry this time is even lesser than what it had re­ceived in the first bud­get in 2005-06.The Cen­tre has also trans­ferred

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