AP Launches Country's First E-panchayat
Ramchandrapuram village near Hyderabad, has become India’s first e-panchayat, enabling villagers to settle disputes through an express web-enabled system.
The Andhra Pradesh unit of the National Informatics Centre (NIC) has implemented the pilot project labeled as, “The Electronic Knowledge-based Panchayat (EKPanch) project.”
It went commercially live during mid-September this year. Ramchandrapuram panchayat has affluent members, with some representing major industries like Bharat Heavy Electricals. The panchayat also has its own accounting and payroll system for its 70 employees.
According to NIC state informatics officer, CSR Prabhu, the software has been designed taking into consideration all aspectual requirements of a grampanchayat.
The pilot version of EKPanch was launched in early August this year, before the project went fully live by mid-September.
“EKPanch fits well into the information system at the grampanchayat level as we have incorporated all probable requirements. This is part of the state government governance initiatives, where the panchayats can intelligently offer citizen services, dispense agricultural information, manage pension schemes and assets,” Mr Prabhu said.
EKPanch consists of thirty main modules and 150 sub-modules, spanning the entire host of functions at the grampanchayat level. The database used by the panchayat is based on multipurpose household survey data.
In addition to the basic modules, the software incorporates financial management for prudent fiscal measures and captures details of funds allocated and released with respect to government schemes. The solution also boasts of a unique land records management information system.
Mr Prabhu said by end of October, EKPanch will be strengthened by incorporating more village functions. The project is planning a major upscale operation, with a goal to integrate 1,200 panchayats initially, and subsequently magnify to involve 29,000 panchayats. The model will continue to co-exist and integrate subsequently with rural e-Seva, the citizen-centric service delivery model planned for districts.
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