Proactive disclosure of the Panchayat and Rural Development Section, North 24 Parganas as per provision of the RTI Act 2005.
The particulars of the organization, functions & duties:
District Panchayat & Rural Development Section, North 24 Parganas, is entrusted with the responsibility of monitoring related to functioning of the rural local self-government, ie, the Panchayats, providing administrative support to the three tier Panchayat system as well as monitoring of various rural development programmes in the District. As per 2001 census, the population of the district in rural part is 12, 08,661 out of a total state population of 802.21 lakhs. The district has 22 blocks, which are further divided into 200 Gram Panchayats. Administration of the Gram Panchayat Offices is also one of the responsibilities of this section.
The Panchayat & Rural Development Section aims at facilitating economic and social development in the rural areas of the district.The thrust areas of the Section include the following:
- Deepening and widening decentralisation through the Panchayat bodies
- Training and capacity building of the Panchayat bodies for better governance
- Sustainable development of natural resources
- Providing social security and safety nets to the disadvantaged and socially excluded
- Improving the social and physical infrastructure in the rural areas
- Improving service delivery in the field of elementary education and preventive health care in collaboration with the respective departments of the state government.
ORGANISATION OF THE SECTION
The District Panchayats & Rural Development Officer, under overall supervision of the District Magistrate, looks after the field level activities of the Departments of Panchayats & Rural Development which includes supporting and guiding the Panchayati Raj Institutions for its smooth functioning.
This section looks after establishment matters of employees and all miscellaneous works including housekeeping works of the department. Administrative matter is also looked after by this section.
This section deals with all establishment matters of the three tier Panchayat bodies. This cell deals with all issues related to training of government officials and panchayat functionaries and others as well as all administrative matters. The section is also responsible for promoting e-governance in the department and in the three tier Panchayat bodies including training of officials and panchayat functionaries in using computer, maintaining the computer system of the department, development of application soft wares and Proper implementation of the Right to Information Act 2005 by the PRIs. Monitoring of progress of fund utilization by the GP & PS, follow up actions related to internal audit of the PRIs, particularly the GP &PS and adoption of measures for better financial management by the PRIs are also looked after by this section. This section is in charge of all the legal and court related matters of the department. This section also handles vigilance and public grievances related to this department and the panchayats.
The section has been also given the responsibility of training all Gram Panchayat level employees and elected functionaries, which are conducted by the Extension Training Centre at Rajarhat and two district Training Centre at Barasat (Likely to be shifted) and Hasnabad. For this purpose two APS and one ATC have been posted by the WBSRDA Cell. The DP&RDO is District Training Coordinator and DyDP&RDO is the Addl District Training Coordinator.
Rural Development Section
This cell looks after the administrative matters of the Joint BDOs and all other employees of the Block Development offices borne under the establishment of this department. All other matters related to functioning of those offices are also looked after by this cell.
HUMAN RESOURCES OF THE DEPARTMENT
Apart from the District Magistrate there is District Panchayat & Rural Development Officer from the WBCS (Ex) cadre. In Panchayat Section there are one Deputy District Panchayat & Rural Development Officer of Jt.BDO Cadre, one Panchayat Development Officer (Hq), Panchayat Accounts & Audit Officer (Hq). Two posts of UDPC, one post of Typist Grade-I and two Group D post as Panchayat Peon. One accounts clerk deputed from Blok and one LDC deputed from collectorate are also posted in this section. In RD section one UDC(CDP), one UDC(NREP), one CDC(RH), one TC(CDP)and four group D employee are remaining posted.Total sanctioned strength under different categories and number of those in position at the end of the financial year is shown in a Table 1.1. Deployment of available manpower in various sections is shown in Table 1.1.
Sanctioned Posts & Vacancies in the Headquarter as on 31.03.2007
|CD Set up||0||0||0||0
|RWP Set up||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
PROGRAMMES FOR SOCIAL SECURITY
National Old Age Pension Scheme
Under the scheme, financial assistance is provided to the selected beneficiaries as per the following criteria:
Age of the applicant (male or female) is 65 years of more,
The applicant is a destitute in the sense of having little or no regular means of subsistence from his / her own sources of income or through financial support from the family members or other sources.
The amount of Old Age Pension was increased fourfold i.e. from Rs. 100/- per month to Rs. 400/- per month during the financial year, which is shared equally by the Central & State Governments. Previously the Central Government contributed Rs 75/ per person and the balance Rs 25/ was contributed by the State Government. In order to improve delivery of services the Gram Panchayats were conferred sanctioning authority, previously vested in the S.D.O.
National Family Benefit Scheme
This scheme provides a one time financial assistance to the families living below the poverty line, which have lost their primary bread-winner, while aged between 18 & 65 years.
Provident Fund For Landless Agricultural Labourers (PROFLAL)
The Scheme was introduced from 1st April 1998. All landless agricultural labourers within the age group of 18 to 50 years who are recorded holders of up to 50 (fifty) decimal of land including homestead land and major source of earnings are derived from their work as agricultural labourers are eligible for the scheme. The eligible subscribers to the scheme have to deposit at the rate of Rs.10/- (ten) per month and the State Government contributes equal amount till such time the subscribers attain the age of 50 years. On attaining the age of 50 years, the accumulated amount along with usual interest is paid to the subscribers. If for some reason the subscriber does not find it possible to continue with the scheme, the amount saved by him along with the matching contribution of the State Government against the amount saved are refunded to the subscriber concerned. The scheme is administered by the Gram Panchayats at the village level. The Block Development Officer and the District Magistrate concerned have supervisory role in implementing the scheme.
COMPUTERIZATION OF GRAM PANCHAYAT ACCOUNTS
For better financial management of the Panchayat Samiti, the IFMS software has been developed by the P&RD Dept. and installed at 22 Panchayat Samitis and working in full fledge. PDOs have been instructed to supervise its function.
The powers & duties of the officers & employees of the Department
|Sl.No.||Name of Officer||Responsibilities|
|1.|| Shri Sankar Prasad Paul,WBCS(Exe)
Ph. No. 2552-3219
e-mail ID &ndash firstname.lastname@example.org
|a) Function as Head of Office relating to both Panchayat & RD Wings of this Department
b) Establishment matters of both Panchayat and R.D. Wings, Jt. BDO, Gram Sevak/Gram Sevika, Rural Housing (CD) matters employees of PS & GP
c) Establishment matters of CD & RD Set up (Block Cell, Jt. BDO Cell)
d) Social Security Schemes (NSAP)
e) Matters relating to Panchayat Acts & Rules
f) Matters relating to Panchayat General Election
g) State Public Information Officer under RTI Act,2005
h) Collection and Compilation of all reports, analysis of reports, preparation of monthly and annual report returns, Submission of Progress Reports on various Schemes to P&RD, WB
i) All matters relating to Panchayat Act and Rules including new amendment to the Panchayat Act and Clarification including framing of Panchayat Rules
j) Resource mobilization of PRIs
k) Fund Monitoring System through IFMS & GPMS
l) Such other matters as may be assigned from time to time
[Leave and Tour substitute : DyDP&RDO].
1. The Rules, Regulations, Instructions, Manuals and Records held by the Department or under its control or used by its employees for discharging its functions: Programme Guidelines, WB Panchayat Acts, Rules, Procedures etc are followed.
2. The Categories of document s that are held in the Department or under its control: All the files dealt with by the Department are relating to the administration, control, schemes, programmes, accounts and audit etc.
3. Employees with designation who assist the DP&RDO.
|Sl.No.||Name of Officer||Designation|
|1||Shri Buddhadeb Das||DRDO|
|2||Shri Bappaditya Kar||PDO (Hq)|
|3||Shri Asim Kr Ray||PAAO(Hq)|
|4||Shri Chittaranjan Gupta||UDPC|
|5||Shri Susanta Kr Bose||UDPC|
|6||Shri Amal Kr Chakraborty||Typist Grade-I|
|7||Shri Goutam Chakraborty||Cashier Cum Store Keeper|
|8||Shri Subhas Ch Kar||LDC (Deputation from Collectorate)|
|9||Shri Jagannath Chakraborty||Panchayat Peon|
|10||Shri Manash Ghosh||Panchayat Peon|
R.D Set up
|Sl.No.||Name of Officer||Designation|
|1||Shri Ashoke Kr Pal||UDC(CDP)|
|2||Shri Swapan Sengupta||CCT(NREP)|
|3||Shri Debashis Roy||CCT(NREP)|
|4||Shri Bimal Krishna sarkar||CCT(NREP)|
|5||Smt Chapala Mallick||CDC(RH)|
|6||Shri Ashoke Kr Chakraborty||LDC|
|7||Smt Sikha Dey||TC(CDP)|
|8||Shri Dilip Dey||Group D|
|9||Smt Santa Bhattacharya||Group D|
|10||Smt Swati Chakraborty||Group D|
|11||Shri Prahlad Majumder||Group D|
|12||Shri Somenath Dey||Computer Operator (Contractual)|
|13||Shri Sujit Mukherjee||Computer Operator (Casual)|
|14||Shri Partha Mukherjee||ATC|
|15||Shri Abhijit Samanta||APS|
|16||Shri Debesh Halder||APS|
|17||Shri Animesh Sinharoy||GPMS support staff|
|18||Shri Subrata Nayek||GPMS support staff|
|19||Shri Priyabrata Singha||GPMS support staff|
|20||Anowarul Haque||GPMS support staff|
10. The monthly remuneration received by the Officers of the Department.
|Sl.No.||Name of Officer||Designation||Pay|
|1||Shri Buddhadeb Das||DRDO||Usual pay of the grade of service|
|1||Shri Buddhadeb Das||DRDO||Usual pay of the grade of service|
|2||Shri Bappaditya Kar||PDO (Hq)||Usual pay of the grade of service|
|3||Shri Asim Kr Ray||PAAO(Hq)||Usual pay of the grade of service|
|4||Shri Chittaranjan Gupta||UDPC||Usual pay of the grade of service|
|5||Shri Susanta Kr Bose||UDPC||Usual pay of the grade of service|
|6||Shri Amal Kr Chakraborty||Typist Grade-I||Usual pay of the grade of service|
|7||Shri Goutam Chakraborty||Cashier Cum Store Keeper||Usual pay of the grade of service|
|8||Shri Subhas Ch Kar||LDC (Deputation from Collectorate)||Usual pay of the grade of service|
|9||Shri Jagannath Chakraborty||Panchayat Peon||Usual pay of the grade of service|
|10||Shri Manash Ghosh||Panchayat Peon||Usual pay of the grade of service|
|11||Shri Ashoke Kr Pal||UDC(CDP)||Usual pay of the grade of service|
|12||Shri Swapan Sengupta||CCT(NREP)||Usual pay of the grade of service|
|13||Shri Debashis Roy||CCT(NREP)||Usual pay of the grade of service|
|14||Shri Buddhadeb Das||CCT(NREP)||Usual pay of the grade of service|
|15||Shri Buddhadeb Das||DRDO||Usual pay of the grade of service|
|16||Smt Chapala Mallick||CDC(RH)||Usual pay of the grade of service|
|17||Shri Ashoke Kr Chakraborty||LDC||Usual pay of the grade of service|
|18||Smt Sikha Dey||TC(CDP)||Usual pay of the grade of service|
|19||Shri Dilip Dey||Group D||Usual pay of the grade of service|
|20||Smt Santa Bhattacharya||Group D||Usual pay of the grade of service|
|21||Smt Swati Chakraborty||Group D||Usual pay of the grade of service|
|22||Shri Prahlad Majumder||Group D||Usual pay of the grade of service|
|23||Shri Somenath Dey||Computer Operator (Contractual)||Usual pay of the grade of service|
|24||Shri Sujit Mukherjee||Computer Operator (Casual)||Usual pay of the grade of service|
|25||Shri Partha Mukherjee||ATC||Usual pay of the grade of service|
|26||Shri Abhijit Samanta||APS||Usual pay of the grade of service|
|27||Shri Debesh Halder||APS||Usual pay of the grade of service|
|28||Shri Animesh Sinharoy||GPMS support staff||Rs.10000.00|
|29||Shri Subrata Nayek||GPMS support staff||Rs.10000.00|
|30||Shri Priyabrata Singha||GPMS support staff||Rs.10000.00|
|31||Shri Anowarul Haque||GPMS support staff||Rs.10000.00|
4. The budget allocated to each of the agency&rsquos of the Department:
FLOW OF FUND TO THE PANCHAYAT BODIES
Taxes, rates and tolls collected by the PRIs are highly inadequate for discharging their responsibilities. The state government, therefore, provides financial support to the PRIs to meet their administrative expenditure on account of establishment cost and also for discharging responsibilities entrusted with those bodies. Funds for meeting establishment charges including salary and pension of the employees of panchayat bodies are provided out of budget of the Panchayat & R.D. department. Grant is also provided to the Gram Panchayats to compensate for the professional tax, which the state government collects. A share of various cesses and entertainment tax, collected by the state government, is also given to the PRIs as per recommendation of the State Finance Commission. The state government also transfers a share of the entire state revenue to the panchayats (out of plan budget) as their entitlement as determined by the State Finance Commission. These are entitlements of the panchayats, released in the form of untied grants, which the panchayats are supposed to spend for meeting the critical gaps in their annual plans. However, fund that is being transferred is still less than the recommendations of the 2nd State Finance Commission, which is operational now. The Union Government also releases a share of its revenue to the panchayats (through State non-plan budget) as their entitlements, as recommended by the Central Finance Commission, for delivery of civic services, maintenance of related infrastructure, maintenance of accounts and information etc.
5.The manner of execution of subsidy programmes:
The Department does execute any programme on its own. The State Government in this Department has a scheme called the Provident Fund for Landless Agricultural Labourers (PROFLAL)
The Scheme was introduced from 1st April 1998. All landless agricultural labourers within the age group of 18 to 50 years who are recorded holders of up to 50 (fifty) decimal of land including homestead land and major source of earnings are derived from their work as agricultural labourers are eligible for the scheme. The eligible subscribers to the scheme have to deposit at the rate of Rs.10/- (ten) per month and the State Government contributes equal amount till such time the subscribers attain the age of 50 years. From 01.04.2010 it has been raised to Rs.20.00 per month both by subscriber & the State Government in lieu of Rs.10.00. On attaining the age of 50 years, the accumulated amount along with usual interest is paid to the subscribers. If for some reason the subscriber does not find it possible to continue with the scheme, the amount saved by him along with the matching contribution of the State Government against the amount saved are refunded to the subscriber concerned. The scheme is administered by the Gram Panchayats at the village level. The Block Development Officer and the District Magistrate concerned have supervisory role in implementing the scheme.
As on 31.03.2010 a total of 94933 subscribers have deposited Rs. 10753535.00 only.
The particulars of recipients of concessions, permits or authorizations granted by the Department : Not applicable
6. Details in respect of the information available to or held by the Department, reduced in an electronic form: Published in the website of the Department viz. www.wbprd.nic.in and www.north24parganas.gov.in
8.The names, designations and other particulars of the Public Information Officers:
|Name of the office||State Public Information Officer||Asstt. State Public Information Officer||Appellate Authority|
|P & R.D.Department||Sri Sankar Prasad Paul, District Panchayat & Rural Development Officer, North 24 Parganas||-||District Magistrate, North 24 Parganas|
|Panchayat Samiti||Secretary of Panchayat Samiti||Nil||Executive Officer of Panchayat Samiti|
|Gram Panchayat||Executive Assistant of Gram Panchayat||Secretary of Gram Panchayat||Pradhan of Gram Panchayat|
9. Other information: Not applicable