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Bengal's gram panchayat system among world's best-managed organisations: World Bank

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Kolkata | Friday, Mar 10 2017 IST
 
The gram panchayat system of Bengal has been able to deliver the highest standard of services in terms of e-governance, general working and financial management even in areas outside the purview of regular work. This has been acknowledge by none other than the World Bank, which has said in a recent letter from its vice-president, South Asia, Annette Dixon addressed to the State Government that in terms of efficiency, ease of doing things and transparency, the State's panchayat system can be easily compared to the best-governed institutions in the world, and that this has been maintained for the last six years. At the beginning of this financial year, 23 per cent of the targets set were accomplished by the panchayats. During the first three months of this year, the thousand gram panchayats achieved 80 per cent of their targets. To bring transparency to the working of gram panchayats, the Panchayats Department of the State brought out an app. Details of all developmental work carried out by the gram panchayats, including the costs incurred as well as photographic evidence, are logged into the app, which are then verified by the Department. In the interest of transparency, too, it has been made mandatory by the Bengal Government that all tenders published by zilla parishads have to be published online, in the form of e-tenders. According to data from this World Bank report, if the target is considered 100 per cent, the gram panchayats of Bengal have accomplished work equivalent to 235 per cent, such is their efficiency. Under the leadership of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the gram panchayat system of Bengal has become the best in the country. In terms of all major parameters, and as attested by the World Bank itself, the gram panchayats of the State are the most transparent and efficient, bringing prosperity to all corners of rural Bengal.UNI SJC KK

-- (UNI) -- C-1-1-DL0212-1182139.Xml

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