Govt to assess utilisation of funds given to PRIs
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Last Updated: Thursday, May 20, 2010, 13:55
New Delhi: The Government has decided to assess the utilisation of the over Rs 400 crore given by it under a national award to Panchayati Raj Institutions for improving sanitation conditions in villages.

The Rural Development Ministry has decided to undertake the 'Assessment Study of Impact and Sustainability of Niram Gram Puraskar (NGP)' given to Panchayati Raj Institutions during 2005-08.

"The main purpose of the study is to assess the impact of NGP on the pace of progress of sanitation availability and usage in the country and its related impact on health, education, gender empowerment, social inclusion in rural areas on different user groups particularly the rural poor," the ministry said.

The study will assess the "sustainability and durability" of the provision and usage of sanitary facilities over time," it said.

To give a fillip to its Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC), the Ministry had launched the Nirmal Gram Puraskar in 2003 and gave away the first awards in 2005.

More than 22,444 gram panchayats, 165 block panchayats and 10 district panchayats have so far received the national award with incentive money for their outstanding contribution towards ensuring full sanitation coverage in their areas of operation.

PRIs that receive the incentive amount under NGP are expected to use them for improving and maintaining sanitation facilities in their respective areas.

TSC lays strong emphasis on information, education & communication (IEC), capacity building and hygiene education for effective behaviour change with the involvement of PRIs, CBOs and NGOs.

"NGP has emerged as one of the empowering and motivational tools for the PRIs and local leaders for promoting sanitation. But, there is need to conduct a study to get an evidence of what has so far been claimed. The rationale of this evaluation study will be to provide important evidence on the NGP component of the TSC," a ministry official said.


First Published: Thursday, May 20, 2010, 13:55

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