RDPR to frame 60 new rules in coming days

The rural development department is framing 60 new rules for the effective implementation of the acts said Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (RDPR) Minister H K Patil.

He was addressing the MLCs and officers of RDPR during the inaugural ceremony of two-day workshop for MLCs on various programmes of the RDPR department held at Abdul Nazir Saab State Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Institute in the city on Friday.

He said, “The department has taken off 23 circulars and several government orders issued, in order to implement the provisions under the Karnataka Gram Swaraj and Panchayat Raj Act. Of the 60 rules, 30 are already finalised and the draft of another 10 rules will be finalised in the next 10 days. The authorities are awaiting a parliamentary notification for the remaining 20 rules and the rule-framing process will be completed before March 15,” he said.

Patil said, “After the RDPR department started using the software ‘Gandhi Sakshi Kayaka’ to monitor development projects implemented by various state departments, 80% of the corruption has been declined. The contractors or authorities can only claim the bills only after the photos of different stages of work, related documents and bills are generated. Payment of all bills related to the projects are done online, added the minister.”

Poor Turnout

Only six MLC’s turned up out of the 10 who had earlier confirmed their participation for the workshop. Patil said, “It’s a three phase workshop and over 25 MLC’s were expected to take part in each workshop, it is sad to know only a few have turned up.”

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