New Delhi: The Centre has asked Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda to empower Panchayati Raj Institution (PRI) and provide them rights as soon as possible so that funds can be easily sanctioned to them.

Writing a letter to Munda, Union Panchayati Raj Minister V Kishore Chandra Deo urged the CM to issue circular and directions to the concerned officials so that the PRI is restored in the state at the earliest.

The state witnessed Panchayat elections in last December after 32 years, but the government is yet to handover full rights to it affecting the functioning of the local bodies.

“The Centre can sanction funds if these institutions work in a right manner. The government wants to strengthen the Panchayati Raj system,” said Deo.

He added that the PRIs should be granted funds, work and officials so that the Gram Sabhas can be made active and every can participate in the process of development and governance.

“The government will provide assistance to newly formed PRIs and also arrange training of the elected representatives at the State Institute of Rural Development in Jharkhand or the National Institute of Rural development,” Deo added.