Prime Minister presented the Panchayati Raj awards 2016 to states on the occasion of National Panchayati Raj Day in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand.
As expected, Karnataka has found a place in the awards list for a consecutive 3rd time.
The State bagged two awards for devolving maximum powers to panchayats (Cumulative Devolution Index awards), and for maximizing its efforts in e-enabling panchayats.
It is for the third consecutive year that the State is receiving this award for its best performance in implementing decentralization and execution of welfare scheme programmes.
The award was instituted by the Union Ministry of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj at national level for encouraging local bodies to perform well in decentralizing panchayati raj system.
Kandika village in Sagar taluk of Shivamogga district has bagged the Grama Sabha Puraskar award while Avalahalli, Kannur and Sigehalli GPs in Bengaluru rural district, Siriguppa panchayat in Athani taluk in Belagavi district have bagged Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar.
Afzalpur taluk panchayat in Kalaburagi district and Madikeri taluk panchayat in Kodagu district have also won Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar awards.
Karnataka is one among the 4 top states that has devolved maximum powers to panchayats, and it is also among the few states that have made maximum efforts to e-enable panchayats, other states being Kerala, West Bengal and Assam.
Totally, 183 panchayats, which includes 21 zillapanchayats, 39 taluk and 123 gram panchayats were given awards during the ceremony. It is a moment of pride for Karnataka for being able to win the awards on a consecutive note. Awards such as these will definitely motivate the government to achieve its endmost objective.
Sustainable and inclusive growth of rural Karnataka along with empowerment of Panchayati Raj Institutions has been and will be the penultimate vision of the government of Karnataka which is hoping to truly democratize the country.