New Delhi: If Bihar fails to strengthen its Panchayat Institutions by granting them more rights and by filling up 3000 vacant posts of Panchayat Sachiv soon, it may lose a grant of Rs 430 crore for better execution of work.

Writing a letter to chief secretary of Bihar Anup Mukherjee, the secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, ANP Sinha said, “There are several works in Panchayats which demand technical efficiency. Therefore, the appointment of Panchayat Sachivs should be held on the basis of a competitive examination.”

According to reports, the Central government is ready to assist Bihar in providing computer training to the Panchayat Sachivs. It has suggested Bihar Institute of Public Administration and Rural Development (BIPARD) to launch State Panchayat Resource Center so that after Panchayat elections, all the elected representatives should be trained.

Bihar has failed to avail the Central aid of Rs 100 crore, as it could not develop the training capability in the state.

The Central government has asked Bihar to depute energetic youth officers as Deputy Development Commissioner to expedite Panchayati Raj functions on the pattern of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Karnataka. The DDCs are the Chief Executive Officers of district councils.

Besides, the Centre has also advised to constitute a district planning committee by including experts so that an integrated plan for districts could be ready by month of June.

The 13th Finance Commission has asked to develop comprehensive software for removing problems related to Panchayati Raj Institutions. The commission also recommended a separate grant to those states which will develop and easy software for understanding of the people.

JPN/Bureau