A national portal linking a total of 2,40,000 village panchayats across the country was launched here today in a bid to percolate e-governance to the rural masses.
Containing information as varied as local weather forecasts to registration of births and deaths, the website is a basket of portals, which aims to generate a framework for the functioning of all state Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs).
“If we can use e-governance at the village level then almost all problems of the PRIs in the country can be solved,” Union Minister for Panchayati Raj Mani Shankar Aiyar said here inaugurating the portal ‘Panchayat.nic.in’.
Over 6,000 Block Panchayats and 540 Zilla Parishads will contribute to and use the contents of the website, which will include information on fund transfers from the national level, health advice for villagers in far-flung tribal and desert areas and registration of marriages, births, deaths as well as land records, according to a senior official of National Informatics Centre (NIC), who designed the website.
“It is a dynamic portal which all the state governments can operate in their own languages and anybody from any corner of the country can use to get and uplink information from the local levels,” he said.
Besides this, local libraries, health centres, tracking progress of various official orders and applications and farming information like those related to seeds and fertilisers will also be available on the website.