The government of Andhra Pradesh - one of the 28 States in India is implementing a 'e-panchayat' project in 450 gram panchayats in the State and 14 major panchayats in Kadapa district. It was informed by the Deputy Director-General of National Informatics Centre C.S.R. Prabhu at a workshop organized for panchayat secretaries and sarpanches (presidents of the village councils)
Mr. Prabhu said a broadband project would be introduced in the district soon and it would increase data transfer speed. E-panchayat was aimed at equipping rural folk with comprehensive and updated information in panchayats and ensuring transparency in governance. Issue of birth and death certificates, house tax, pension schemes, SGRY development works and details of beneficiaries would be computerised. Data on gram panchayats could be easily obtained through internet using software developed by NIC and would benefit people. Besides panchayat information, 'e-panhayats also intend to provide information on education avenues, tourist places, employment opportunities to unemployed rural youth, stock exchange and economic development information.