Union Minister Giriraj Singh calls for effective implementation of Provisions of the Panchayats Act 1996

Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Giriraj Singh has called upon the states for effective implementation of the Provisions of the Panchayats (extension to the Scheduled Areas) Act, PESA, 1996. PESA is an important and key legislation to empower the tribal communitis. The Act came into force and in ten states namely, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Odisha and Telangana. Inaugurating the National Conference on PESA in New Delhi.

Mr Singh said, out of the 10 where this Act came into force only six states have framed rules and four states namely Chhatisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha have so far not framed rules for the implementation of these provisions. He called upon the states to frame rules so that it could be implemented. He said, Panchayati Raj Ministry and Tribal Affairs Ministry will interact with the Governors and governments of these states with regard to framing rules. Mr Singh said, the Narendra Modi Government is committed to the development and empowerment of the tribal communities of the country. He said, the budget of the Tribal Affairs Ministry has been increased from four thousand crore rupees in 2013-14 to seven thousand 500 crore rupees in 2021-22.

Union Minister of Tribal Affairs  also addressed the conference.

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