`Centre should hike allowances of Panchayat representatives`
New Delhi: A Parliamentary panel has said that the Centre should take an initiative to enhance allowances of elected representatives of Panchayats to enable them to perform their duties "effectively".
In its report on a proposed bill seeking to give 50 per cent reservation to women in Panchayati Raj Institutions, the Standing Committee on Rural Development said there was unanimity among different experts and state governments on the issue of enhancing remuneration of elected representatives of Panchayats.
There is "wide disparity" among states in the grant of allowances and remuneration to the elected representatives, the Committee noted in its 14th report which was recently
tabled in Lok Sabha.
At present, elected representatives get remuneration ranging from Rs 300 to Rs 600 per month which varies from state to state.
The remuneration to elected representatives in intermediate panchayats and zila parishads is less than Rs 4000.
"The 13th Finance Commission has recommended a basic grant at the rate of 1.5 per cent and a further performance grant of 0.5 per cent rising to one per cent of the total
divisible pool, amounting to a minimum absolute amount of Rs 63,050 crore and possibly upto Rs 90,000 crore over the five year cycle," the Standing Committee observed in its report.
It suggested that the panchayats "may be" advised to provide for honorarium and sitting fee for elected representatives out of the "un-tied basic and performance grants" recommended by the 13th Finance Commission.
"The Committee hopes that in order to ensure effective performance of elected representatives of Panchayats, the ministry of Panchayati Raj takes up the matter appropriately with state governments and ensure adequate amenities to the elected representatives," the panel said.
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