North Gazette News/Shimla
Indian government on Saturday elected Kullu and Hamirpur Zila Parishads of the state as best Zila Parishads under National Plan for Technical Assistance (NPTA) scheme.
Besides this, Panchayat Samiti Basantpur, district Shimla, Panchayat Samiti Bhoranj and gram panchayat Pahlu, district Hamirpur and gram panchayat Kasba- Paprola in Kangra district have also been elected best under NPTA.
Rural Development and Panchayti Raj Minister Anil Sharma said that Kullu Zila Parishad had been elected best Zila Parishad for the fourth time and it would get Rs 30 lakh as special prize money.
Zila Parishad Hamirpur would also be awarded Rs 30 lakh where as Panchayat Samiti Basantpur and Bhoranj would be given Rs 20 lakh each as prize money.
A sum of rupees five lakh each would be given to gram panchayats Pahlu and Kasba Paprola. These awards would be given on the occasion of Panchayat Diwas on April 24, 2015.
The Minister said that the union ministry for Panchayati Raj had renamed Panchayat Empowerment and Accountability Incentive scheme as NPTA which aims at empowering the Panchayati Raj Institutions besides bringing improvement in there functioning.