Gram Panchayat Development Plan
The XIVth Finance Commission award has created an enormous opportunity for responsive local governance at the cutting edge institutional level of the Gram Panchayats. The guidelines issued by M/O Finance for the release and utilization of the local bodies grant stipulate that proper plans are to be prepared by the Gram Panchayats for the basic services within the functions devolved to them as per State laws before incurring expenditure under the FFC award.
The Gram Panchayats are also constitutionally mandated for preparation of Gram Panchayat Development Plans (GPDP) for economic development and social justice utilizing resources available with them. The Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) should be comprehensive and based on participatory process involving the community particularly Gram Sabha, and will be in convergence with schemes of all related Central Ministries / Line Departments related to 29 subjects listed in the Eleventh Schedule of the Constitution. The convergence assumes greater significance in view of the fact that Panchayats can play an important role for effective implementation of flagship schemes on subjects of National Importance for transformation of rural India.
This Ministry took the initiative of preparing model guidelines for GPDP and circulated the same to all the States where part IX of constitution is applicable. Based upon these model guidelines, all the states notified their State specific guidelines for GPDP. The GPDPs were being formulated and implemented by States since then, as per their respective State Guidelines.
Further, in consonance with the emerging needs of holistic development of the villages, the Ministry has revised the Model GPDP guidelines issued during 2015. The revised guidelines, 2018 have been put on the website of the Ministry and have been shared with States for amplifying their respective Guidelines.