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The Gujarat Panchayat Act, 1993 came into force after the 73rd amendment in the Constitution of India. The Panchayat Raj Department in Gujarat has a three-tier arrangement; Gram Panchayat, Taluka Panchayat and District Panchayat. With the help of its portal, the Gujarat Panchayat Raj Department is reaching out to rural masses of the state. The homepage of the Department's portal gives a brief description about the department, various schemes launched by the government, statistical information related to the number of districts, taluka, gram panchayat, villages, etc.
This section gives brief description about the department. The section is again divided into three key sub-sections; Organisational Chart, Golden Goals and Panchayati Raj. Under its Organisation Chart, users can view the set up of the organisation in two ways:
In its Golden Goals section, the portal describes the vision of the department for the year 2010. Some of them are:
The Panchayati Raj section presents the number of District, Taluka and Gram Panchayat. The department has distributed different function to each of the three tiers.
The Gujarat Government implements various schemes to empower its citizens. Each webpage of the scheme provides detailed information about the scheme as presented below:
Sardar Patel Awas Yojana: The scheme has been launched for landless agricultural labourers and village artisans living Below Poverty Line (BPL) in rural areas of the state. The webpage gives detailed information about the scheme and also allows users to avail this scheme by filling the online application form.
Panchvati Scheme: Under this scheme, the government creates recreational areas/parks for the rural masses where they can all spend their leisure time in the company of other members of their community.
Tirth Gram Yojana: The Government initiated this scheme in 2004-05. The Tirth Gram Yojana has been formulated to strengthen goodwill amongst people living in the rural areas, to promote unity and more importantly, help the overall development of the village by involving the villagers in the development process.
E-gram Vishvagram Yojana: In order to modernise Village Panchayats and to make their functioning organised, time-bound, simple, error-free and transparent through the implementation of IT, the State Government has implemented this scheme. The government provides the necessary hardware and software to link the Gram Panchayats, Taluka Panchayats and District Panchayats to the Secretariat.
Nirmal Gujarat: This is an initiative which envisages capacity building in waste management and is an attempt on a complete behavioural change through communication on environmental consciousness, awareness, capacity building, participation, best practice, and guidelines.
Apart from the above mentioned schemes, the state government has also implemented some other schemes like Swachcha Gam Swasth Gam Yojana (Clean Village, Healthy Village scheme), Gramsabha, Jamin Sampadan Suvidha (Land Acquisition and Structural Facilities), Gram-Mitra Yojana and 12th Finance Commission.
This section carries detailed information about the budgetary allocations made to the department under various heads apart from other statistical information.
This section is divided into four sub-sections; Government Resolutions, Citizen Charter, Right to Information Act (RTI) and Rules and Regulations for the state residents.
Apart from these services, the portal also connects to State Government, Union Government and other Line Departments of the state like Education, Agriculture, Finance, Forest and Environment, etc. The portal also acts as a platform for uses to know whom they have to approach for the processing of their applications and resolution of grievances. The portal has a hyperlink to a customised iGoogle page called 'eGram Google' (http://panchayat.gujarat.gov.in/panchayatvibhag/english/sitemap.htm) through which users can search for information in Gujarati with the help of a Gujarati on-screen keyboard. eGram Google also carries news from Gujarat, photographs and YouTube videos of eGram, other state government websites, Google maps gadget and other services of Google. Keeping in mind their target group for which the information is presented in the websites, almost all the content is posted in the local language (Gujarati).