I. NAME OF THE SECTOR                    : 05. OTHER RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES

(PANCHAYATI RAJ)

 II. INTRODUCTION OF THE SECTOR    :

  In pursuance to the provisions contained in the Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act, 1992, the Lakshadweep Panchayats Regulation, 1994 was promulgated by the Govt. of India. Based on the Regulation, the Lakshadweep Administration constituted the 3rd Panchayat set up in the islands during December, 2007 and January, 2008. There are 10 Village (Dweep) Panchayats, one in each of the 10 inhabited islands, and a District Panchayat for the whole of Lakshadweep. The Village (Dweep) Panchayats and District Panchayat consist of 85 and 25 members respectively. 1/3 rd of the members in the Panchayats and the office of the Chairpersons of the Village (Dweep) Panchayats are reserved for women.

 

Prior to the establishment of Panchayat set up, a Pradesh Council for the entire territory and Island Councils for the ten inhabited islands were in existence which were constituted under the Lakshadweep (Administration) Regulation, 1998 and Lakshadweep Island Councils Regulation, 1998.  Both these bodies were repealed under the provisions of Lakshadweep Panchayats Regulation, 1994 and the assets and liabilities of the Island Councils were transferred to the Village (Dweep) Panchayats. Since the island councils could function only for a period of five years these bodies could not build the required infrastructure. Therefore the Village (Dweep) Panchayats could inherit little from these bodies.  The Panchayat set up in Lakshadweep did not get required projection in the 9th & 10th Five Year Plan as the Regulation was promulgated and bodies came into being only in the middle of 9th 5 year Plan. Therefore, the main focus of the 11th Five Year Plan under the sector: Other Rural development Programmes (Panchayat Raj Set up) is to develop the basic infrastructure required for these grass root level democratic institutions.

 

            The schemes/ proposals have been obtained from the PRIs in the islands incorporated in the draft XI five year plan.  The Hon'ble Administrator has also interacted with the Panchayat functionaries in the meeting held on the Panchayat Sadan on 22.01.2007 on XI five year plan.

 

The 1st Finance Commission for Union Territories was set up in the year 1994-95. The Commission was set up to recommend ways and means for resource mobilisation for the PR Institutions and to suggest ways to build a good financial base for these bodies.  The recommendations of the Finance Commission have been examined by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Administration has been asked to implement the points accepted by the Government of India. Implementation of these recommendations would be another area focused under the sector ORDP (Panchayat Raj Set up).

 

The Lakshadweep Administration provides Grant in Aid to the Panchayats for its General Administration, to meet its establishment cost and for taking up its own Development Plan within the jurisdiction of each Panchayat. The 3rd objective of the 11th Five Year Plan under the sector ORDP     ( Panchayat Raj set up ) is to continue the financial assistance to the Panchayats by way of providing grant in aid for the purposes indicated in addition to other type of incentives to be formulated based on the recommendations of the 1st Finance Commission for UTs.

 

Lakshadweep Administration, under the relevant provisions of Lakshadweep Panchayats Regulation, 1994 has transferred a number of developmental schemes and programmes of various departments of the Administration along with required number of staff to the Panchayats. As per the Regulation, the salary and allowance of the staff transferred are to be met from Panchayats own fund. However, wherever the Panchayats are not able to mobilise sufficient revenue to meet its establishment cost and for the payment of salary and allowances of the employees transferred, the Lakshadweep Panchayats Regulation empower the Administrator to provide sufficient grant in aid to the Panchayats to meet this expenditure. Therefore, the 4th objective of the 11th Five Year Plan under the sector ORDP (Panchayat Raj set up ) is to provide 100 % grant in aid to the Panchayats to meet the salary and allowances of the Officers and staff of the UT. Administration transferred to the Panchayats.

 

Objectives of the Annual Plan 2011-2012

 

The main objective of the Annual Plan 2011-2012 is to make the Panchayat Bodies in the islands to effective local self-governing Institutions so that the duties and responsibilities entrusted upon them under the Regulation and rules could be carried out.   As indicated in the preceding paragraph, the Village (Dweep) Panchayats did not inherit much assets from the Island Councils and hence it was necessary to make sufficient provisions in the 11th Five Year Plan for the development of infrastructure for each of these Panchayats.   The 1st Finance Commission for the UTs in its reports has also recommended various support measures for providing financial support and incentives towards resource mobilisation by these bodies.

 

Sanitation and Public Health is a subject to be dealt by the Village Panchayats and therefore the department proposes to provide financial support to the Panchayats to maintain proper sanitation in the islands and also to implement public health programmes. 

 

Therefore, for proper development of the Panchayats into effective local self governing institutions, the following thrust areas are projected.

 

III. OUTLAY AT A GLANCE       :

(` in Lakhs)

Sl.

No.

Name of the Scheme

XIth Plan

2007-12

Annual Plan 2011-12

Proposed

Outlay

ACA,

if any

Total

1

Providing Development Grant to Panchayats

505.00

145.00

0.00

145.00

2

Incentive Grants for Resource Mobilisation

67.00

65.00

0.00

65.00

3

Programme on Sanitation & Public Health

370.00

60.00

0.00

60.00

4

Programme for Development of Infrastructure

410.05

123.00

0.00

123.00

5

Administrative set up/ Introduction of

Panchayati Raj System/ Panchayat Elections.

103.45

7.00

0.00

7.00

Total

1455.50

400.00

0.00

400.00

 

IV. DETAILS OF SCHEMES      :

 

1. Scheme No.                          : 0501

 

2. Name of the schemes          : Providing Development Grant to Panchayats

 

3. Whether continuing or new     : Continuing

 

4. Objectives of the scheme (Separately for each component)

 

a) (Component Name)                : Development Grant to Panchayats

 

i)  Whether continuing/new         : Continuing

 

ii) Description of the component            : The District/Village (Dweep) Panchayats may not be able to levy sufficient taxes and fees required for taking up its own developmental programmes.   Therefore, the Department proposes to provide Rs.5.00 Lakhs each to the Village (Dweep) Panchayats and a sum of Rs. 20 lakhs to the District Panchayat as development grant.   The Panchayats shall take up the developmental programmes within the jurisdiction of each of the Panchayat on any of the subjects incorporated under the 3rd and 4th Schedule of Lakshadweep Panchayats Regulation, 1994.

 

            Prior to the introduction of Panchayati Raj Institutions in the islands, the system of Pradesh Council/Island Council was in existence.  These bodies were repealed under the provisions of Lakshadweep Panchayats Regulation, 1994.  The staffs attached to the Pradesh Council and island councils were redeployed to the District Panchayat and Village (Dweep) Panchayats.  

 

iii) Achievement (if continuing)    :

 

5. Proposed out lay for Annual Plan 2011-2012 : ` 145.00 Lakhs

 

6. Target achievement during previous Annual Plan 2010-2011                                                    

(` in Lakhs)

Sl.

No.

Item/ Component

Unit

Physical

Financial

Target

Achi.

Target

Achi.

1

Development Grant to Panchayats

PRIs

10+1

11 (anti)

120.00

120.00

Total

 

 

 

120.00

120.00

 

7. Target for Annual Plan 2011-2012 (Component as above)

(` in Lakhs)

Sl.

No.

Item/ Component

Unit

Phy.

Target

Financial Target

Amount

Major

Head

Minor

Head

Object

Head

Rev.

Cap.

Total

1

Development Grant to Panchayats

PRIs

10+1

2515

00101

110031

145.00

0.00

145.00

Total

 

 

 

 

 

145.00

0.00

145.00

 

8.  Post                        :

(` in Lakhs)

Sl.

No.

Designation

Pay

Band

Grade

Pay

Filled

Vacant

Proposed

No.

Amt

No.

Amt

No.

Amt

 

Nil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Summary of Expenditure

(` in Lakhs)

Year

Estt.

GIA to

Panchayat

Other

GIA

Subsidy

Loan

Bldg.

Other than

Loan & Bldg.

Total

2011-12

 

145.00

 

 

 

 

 

145.00

 

10.  Foreign Exchange               : Nil

 

11. Remarks                              : Nil

 

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1. Scheme No.                          : 0502

 

2. Name of the schemes          : Incentive Grant for Resource Mobilisation

 

3. Whether continuing or new     : Continuing

 

4. Objectives of the scheme (Separately for each component)

 

a) (Component Name)                : Incentive Grant for resource mobilization

 

i)  Whether continuing/new           :

 

ii) Description of the component   : Section 51 of the Lakshadweep Panchayats Regulation, 1994 empowers the Panchayats to levy taxes and fees on the items indicated therein.  The Administrator, in exercise of powers conferred under section 81 of the regulation has formulated the Lakshadweep Panchayats (Taxation & Appeal) Rules, 1997 and notified in the Lakshadweep Gazette. As per the provisions of these rules, the rate at which and the date from which the taxes and fees is to be levied has to be fixed by the Panchayats by specific resolutions.   Based on the recommendation of the Finance Commission for UTs, a joint committee under the chairmanship of the President cum Chief Counsellors, District Panchayat was constituted to recommend a proper taxation proposal to the Panchayats.   The committee has submitted its report to the Administrator and the Administrator, inter alia, has notified the uniform rates.  Accordingly, some Panchayats have started collection of these taxes and fees.  However, the mobilisation of resources by these Panchayats is slow and has not reached the desired level.  The Finance Commission, in its reports, has also recommended to provide incentives for better resource mobilisation.   Based on these recommendations, the department proposes to provide the following incentives to the Panchayats for encouraging resource mobilisation. 

 

i)          A matching grant of 75 % of the revenue collected by the Panchayats is proposed to be released annually to the Panchayats for taking up developmental programmes subject to the availability of funds in the Budget and in a proportion to the revenue collected per capita.

 

ii)          Where a Panchayat is effected by a disability of the nature of very small economic base and the total human population is less than two thousand and five hundred, the department proposes to provide a “Disability grant” of minimum Rs.75, 000 per annum in place of matching grant in inverse proportion to the population.

 

iii)         The department proposes to give a grant of Rs.50,000,  30,000,  & 20,000  to the first three Panchayats which mobilise the maximum per capita revenue by collection of  taxes and fees.

 

iv)         The department proposes to provide Rs.1.00 lakh each to the Village Panchayats and Rs.5.00 lakhs for District Panchayat as per the recommendation of the Finance Commission bi- annually for efficient utilisation of the funds allocated for implementation of schemes and programmes by the U.T. Administration and other agencies.    The entitlement will be for those Panchayats which utilise 90% of the funds allocated for schemes to them bi-annually.

 

iii) Achievement (if continuing)    :          

 

5. Proposed out lay for Annual Plan 2011-2012 : ` 65.00 Lakhs

 

6. Target achievement during previous Annual Plan 2010-2011                                                    

(` in Lakhs)

Sl.

No.

Item/ Component

Unit

Physical

Financial

Target

Achi.

Target

Achi.

1

Incentive Grant for resource Mobilization

PRIs

11

11 (anti)

50.00

50.00

Total

 

 

 

50.00

50.00

 

7. Target for Annual Plan 2011-2012 (Component as above)

(` in Lakhs)

Sl.

No.

Item/ Component

Unit

Phy.

Target

Financial Target

Amount

Major

Head

Minor

Head

Object

Head

Rev

Cap

Total

1

Incentive Grant for resource Mobilization

PRIs

11

2515

00101

110031

65.00

0.00

65.00

Total

 

 

 

 

 

65.00

0.00

65.00

 

8.  Post                        :

(` in Lakhs)

Sl.

No.

Designation

Pay

Band

Grade

Pay

Filled

Vacant

Proposed

No.

Amt

No.

Amt

No.

Amt

 

Nil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Summary of Expenditure

(` in Lakhs)

Year

Estt.

GIA to

Panchayat

Other

GIA

Subsidy

Loan

Bldg.

Other than

Loan & Bldg.

Total

2011-12

 

65.00

 

 

 

 

 

65.00

 

10.  Foreign Exchange               : Nil

 

11. Remarks                              : Nil

 

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1. Scheme No.                          : 0503

 

2. Name of the schemes          : Programme on Sanitation and Public Health

 

3. Whether continuing or new     : Continuing

 

4. Objectives of the scheme (Separately for each component)

 

a) (Component Name)                : Sanitation & Public Health

 

i)  Whether continuing/new           :

 

ii) Description of the component   : Sanitation and Public health is a subject under the 3rd Schedule of the Regulation, which is intended to promote six basic activities by each of the Village Panchayats.   U.T. Administration has been able to transfer only one programme under this subject viz. removal of rubbish and keeping the island clean. Special package for cleaning HQ Island for the entire year has include and 4 islands has also included.   To carryout the remaining responsibilities under the subject the Panchayats require sufficient funds.   The Panchayats are not able to mobilise sufficient resources in the form of tax and fees and therefore, it is felt that sufficient funds may be released by the department as grant in aid.

 

iii) Achievement (if continuing)    :          

 

5. Proposed out lay for Annual Plan 2011-2012 : ` 60.00 Lakhs

 

6. Target achievement during previous Annual Plan 2010-2011                                                    

(` in Lakhs)

Sl.

No.

Item/ Component

Unit

Physical

Financial

Target

Achi.

Target

Achi.

1

Sanitation & Public Health

VDPs

10

10 (anti)

50.00

50.00

Total

 

 

 

50.00

50.00

 

7. Target for Annual Plan 2011-2012 (Component as above)

(` in Lakhs)

Sl.

No.

Item/ Component

Unit

Phy.

Target

Financial Target

Amount

Major

Head

Minor

Head

Object

Head

Rev

Cap

Total

1

Sanitation & Public Health

VDPs

10

2515

00101

110031

60.00

0.00

60.00

Total

 

 

 

 

 

60.00

0.00

60.00

 

8.  Post                        :

(` in Lakhs)

Sl.

No.

Designation

Pay

Band

Grade

Pay

Filled

Vacant

Proposed

No.

Amt

No.

Amt

No.

Amt

 

Nil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Summary of Expenditure

(` in Lakhs)

Year

Estt.

GIA to

Panchayat

Other

GIA

Subsidy

Loan

Bldg.

Other than

Loan & Bldg.

Total

2011-12

 

60.00

 

 

 

 

 

60.00

 

10.  Foreign Exchange               : Nil

 

11. Remarks                              : Nil

 

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1. Scheme No.                          : 0504

 

2. Name of the schemes           : Programme for Development of Infrastructure to Panchayats

 

3. Whether continuing or new     : Continuing

 

4. Objectives of the scheme (Separately for each component)

 

a) (Component Name)                : Sanitation & Public Health

 

i)  Whether continuing/new           :

 

ii) Description of the component   : The Panchayat set up came into this island in the middle of the 9th Five Year Plan and therefore, the department has not been able to create any infrastructure for the Panchayats during this period.   The Village Panchayats also did not inherit any infrastructure from the earlier set up of Island Councils.   Therefore, most of the Panchayats are presently functioning in private a building which has to be vacated by the Panchayats as and when it is required by its owners.     This brings in great inconvenience to the Panchayats and therefore the Panchayat should have its own buildings to function as its office and to transact its programmes and for conducting Panchayat meetings.  The U.T.Administration is also not in a position to provide suitable govt. accommodation for the Panchayats to function as its offices. It is felt that the department has to initiate the construction of Panchayat Bhavans for the Panchayats which are presently functioning in private accommodation.   Wherever the old Amin Kutcheri/ Barkath Bhavan have been allocated to the Panchayats, the department also proposes to take up modification of these old buildings to suit the requirements.

 

i)          Identification of Govt. land in each of the Village Panchayat area for construction of Panchayat Bhavan.

ii)          Acquire land wherever it is not available.

iii)         Construction of Panchayat Bhavan for Panchayats of Andrott, Amini, Agatti, Kadmat & Kiltan.

iv)         Modification of the present buildings, which have been allocated by the administration.

v)         Construction of Office building for District Panchayat.

vi)         Construction of office building for the Department of Panchayats and Rural Development.

 

iii) Achievement (if continuing)    :          

 

5. Proposed out lay for Annual Plan 2011-2012 : ` 230.00 Lakhs

 

6. Target achievement during previous Annual Plan 2010-2011                                                    

(` in Lakhs)

Sl.

No.

Item/ Component

Unit

Physical

Financial

Target

Achi.

Target

Achi.

1

Development of Infrastructure

PRIs

10+1

11 (anti)

100.00

100.00

Total

 

 

 

100.00

100.00

 

7. Target for Annual Plan 2011-2012 (Component as above)

(` in Lakhs)

Sl.

No.

Item/ Component

Unit

Phy.

Target

Financial Target

Amount

Major

Head

Minor

Head

Object

Head

Rev

Cap

Total

1

Development of Infrastructure

PRIs

10+1

4515

00101

000053

123.00

0.00

123.00

Total

 

 

 

 

 

123.00

0.00

123.00

 

8.  Post                        :

(` in Lakhs)

Sl.

No.

Designation

Pay

Band

Grade

Pay

Filled

Vacant

Proposed

No.

Amt

No.

Amt

No.

Amt

 

Nil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Summary of Expenditure

(` in Lakhs)

Year

Estt.

GIA to

Panchayat

Other

GIA

Subsidy

Loan

Bldg.

Other than

Loan & Bldg.

Total

2011-12

 

 

 

 

 

123.00

 

123.00

 

10.  Foreign Exchange               : Nil

 

11. Remarks                              : Nil

 

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1. Scheme No.                          : 0505

 

2. Name of the schemes          : Administrative setup/ Introduction of Panchayati Raj system/ Panchayat elections

 

3. Whether continuing or new     : Continuing

 

4. Objectives of the scheme (Separately for each component)

 

a) (Component Name)                : Printing charges, Panchayat elections, stationery, vehicle hire charge, etc.

 

i)  Whether continuing/new           :

 

ii) Description of the component   :        Prior to the constitution of the Panchayats in the islands, the system of Island Council and the Pradesh Council prevailed from 1990 to 1995.  The administration of these bodies was looked after by the Directorate of Island Council and Pradesh Council headed by the Secretary (Pradesh Council).  Soon after the repealing of the Island Council/Pradesh Council Regulation, the employees of the Pradesh Council were redeployed to the District Panchayat. The staffs available under the Island Council set up were redeployed and attached to the Village (Dweep) Panchayats.  The Island Council Directorate was renamed as the Directorate of Panchayats & Rural Development.    Under the Pradesh/Island Council set up, the department had only a skeleton staff.  With the introduction of the PR set up, the duties and responsibilities of the Directorate have increased enormously making the available staff insufficient.  A post of Director of Panchayats & Rural Development in the scale of pay of Rs.10000-15200 with minimum support staff was included in the 9th & 10th Five Year Plan. This, however, has not come through yet.     Therefore, the minimum numbers of posts have been included in the scheme.

 

For the creation of posts proposed for the Department of Panchayats and RD, the Govt.of India has to accord its approval.

 

Under the Panchayat Regulations 1994, it is required to have an Election Commissioner for conducting of election and bye-elections to the Panchayats. The Govt. of India has already appointed an Election Commissioner common for all U.Ts. However, the minimum infrastructure required for the Election Commissioner and to the Officer on Special Duty to EC has to be maintained by the Department. Annual revision of the electoral roll and the connected works also has to be done by the Department as per the direction of the EC.  For the above requirement a special provision has to maintained under the Plan programme of the Department in Other Charges to meet the expenditure.

 

iii) Achievement (if continuing)    :          

 

 

5. Proposed out lay for Annual Plan 2011-2012 : ` 7.00 Lakhs

 

 

 

 

 

6. Target achievement during previous Annual Plan 2010-2011                                                    

(` in Lakhs)

Sl.

No.

Item/ Component

Unit

Physical

Financial

Target

Achi.

Target

Achi.

1

Printing charges, Panchayat elections, stationery, vehicle hire charge, etc.

PRIs

10+1

11 (anti)

10.00

10.00

Total

 

 

 

10.00

10.00

 

7. Target for Annual Plan 2011-2012 (Component as above)

(` in Lakhs)

Sl.

No.

Item/ Component

Unit

Phy.

Target

Financial Target

Amount

Major

Head

Minor

Head

Object

Head

Rev

Cap

Total

1

Printing charges, Panchayat elections, stationery, vehicle hire charge, etc.

PRIs

10+1

2515

00101

110050

7.00

0.00

7.00

Total

 

 

 

 

 

7.00

0.00

7.00

 

8.  Post                        :

(` in Lakhs)

Sl.

No.

Designation

Pay

Band

Grade

Pay

Filled

Vacant

Proposed

No.

Amt

No.

Amt

No.

Amt

 

Nil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Summary of Expenditure

(` in Lakhs)

Year

Estt.

GIA to

Panchayat

Other

GIA

Subsidy

Loan

Bldg.

Other than

Loan & Bldg.

Total

2011-12

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.00

7.00

 

10.  Foreign Exchange               : Nil

 

11. Remarks                              : Nil

 

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