Functional Committees Role and Responsibilities under Grama Jyothi Programme

Functional Committees Role and Responsibilities under Grama Jyothi Programme

The roles and responsibilities of each of the Functional Committees in the preparation of Gram Panchayat Development Plan is given as under:

Gram Jyothi Prgramme, Gram Panchayat Development Scheme

I. Functional Committee on Sanitation and Drinking Water:
(a) Sarpanch to be the Chairman of the Committee along with members given as above
(b) The committee shall extensively interact with the rural water supply department for ensuring clean and protected water supply and construction of toilets to make the GP open defecation free.  The Assistant Engineer of the RWS department shall keep the Panchayat informed of the status and development of the Rural Water Supply in the Panchayats.
(c) It is the primary responsibility of the Gram Panchayat to maintain clean surroundings and supply pure drinking water. These are interlinked and form the foundation for public health and realization of healthy village
(d) Panchayats  will  have  a  major  role  to  play  under  the  Water  Grid Programme, which envisages tapped water supply to each and every household.  Each household must endeavor to pay water charges for the maintenance of the scheme.
(e) Identify and prevent leakage of water at sources, pipes and taps.
(f) The goal shall be to provide Individual House Hold Lavatories (IHHLs) to each house in saturation mode. The sanitation plan shall cover the measures to be taken to make the Gram Panchayat Open Defecation Free (ODF). The Open Defecation Free Plan shall be prepared after a detailed survey of the households.
(g) The Gram Panchayat shall plan for moving towards a clean village through proper Solid and Liquid Waste Management plan. This shall include measures for disposal and treatment of different types waste generated at the village level.
(h) Prevention of water borne diseases. Most of these are either vector borne or water borne. All of these diseases can be easily prevented with proper control on the mosquito growth and preventing the contamination of drinking water sources.
(i) This plan shall include measures for making the village free from all mosquitoes and other vectors which spread communicable diseases and steps to unsure supply of clean Drinking Water throughout the year

There is ample scope for convergence with schemes like Mahatma Gandhi National Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), Rural Water Supply and Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM)
S.No. Activity Output/Outcomes
1 ODF Plan – survey all households to arrive at the number of houses not having toilets Saturation of houses with IHHLs. Hygienic Village
2 Solid and Liquid Waste Management – identify dump yards, arrange for transport of garbage to dump yards through community contributions. Garbage and dirt free Village. Clean Surroundings
3 Mosquito Control – survey of all stagnant pools of waters and drains Prevention of Fevers like Malaria, Dengue, Chikungunya, Japanese Encephalitis (JE)
4 Cleaning and Chlorination of Drinking Water Sources – identify the sources for remedial action Preventions of Diseases like Diarrhea, Gastro Entritis (GE), Jaundice, Cholera
5 Coordinate the implementation of tapped water supply for each household and collection of water charges for its maintenance Tapped water supply for each household. Water supply on demand. Reduce long effort in collecting drinking water
6 Plug leakages in the taps and pipelines Savings of precious water

II. Functional Committee on Health and Nutrition:
(a) Women Ward member to be the Chairman along with members of the committee as given above
(b) The committee shall closely monitor and coordinate the work done by the Aasha workers and the ANM.  It shall be the endeavor of the committee to access referral services to higher hospitals and arogyasri for major illness.
(c) The  Aasha  Worker  and  the  ANM  shall  report  to  the  Functional committee and the Gram Sabha on the status of health issues of mothers, children and adults
(d) The committee shall focus on three aspects of health care namely maternal care, child health and general health and access of health delivery services.
(e) Focus on the Pregnant women –
a. Antenatal care, supply of folic acid and iron tablets;
b. Identification of high risk pregnancies
c.  Motivate and ensure institutional deliveries
d. Registration of maternal deaths during pregnancy and up to 42 days of the delivery if any.
(f) Child Health:
a. Identification malnourished children who are born below 2.5 kg weight
b. Review of the anganwadis, care of the malnourished children c.  Immunisation of the child
d. Registration of births and deaths among children e. Prevention of child marriages

(g) General health
a. Chronic diseases – such as diabetes, hypertension, TB, Cardiac, leprosy, epilepsy, paralysis, aids, asthma, fluorosis, filaria, Cancer, - take steps for referral treatment/Arogyasri Programme
i.  Ensuring 104 services to the gram panchayat
ii.  Review 108 services for emergency care and response
iii.  Identify  and  stop  brewing  and  consuming  adulterated toddy and illicit liquor (gudumba).

(h) Gram Panchayat to play active role in referral services to Primary Health  Canters  (PHC)  and  District  Hospital  or  treatment  under Arogyasri

S.No. Activity Output/Outcome
1 100% Institutional Deliveries Reduction of Maternity Mortality Rate(MMR)
2 100% Immunization of Children Reduction of Infant Mortality Rate
3 Services of 104, 108 and referral services Timely treatment of Chronic diseases
4 100% identify the people with various diseases for remedial action and follow up Ensuring health care at the village level through 104 services, referral care and linkage with Arogyasri
5 Anganwadis monitoring Nutritious food to Mother and Child
III. Functional Committee on Education:
Quality of Human resource is a pre-requisite for success of any developmental effort. The goal shall be to achieve 100% enrollment of school going children and bring the dropout rate to zero.  It is also important to ensure that all the tenth class children secure better grades for better future. It is also the responsibility of the Gram Panchayat to ensure the functional literacy of all its adult citizens.  A Village Education Plan shall cover all the measures contemplated by the Gram Panchayat to achieve Enlightened Village.
1. Ensuring 100% enrolment of children (6-14 years) and retention into schools Government or Private
2. Pre-school education 3-6 year as - ensure that Anganwadis or private nurseries are teaching children under the play and learn method
3. Functioning of the Mid- Day Meal Scheme
4. Quality of education - ensure that children studying in schools are able to achieve the minimum levels of learning
5. Identifying children who need to go to a residential school, Ashram school, hostel, KGBV school etc
6. Identifying  the  number  of  illiterates  and  launching  a  program  for literacy through educated members in the village
S.No Activity Output/Outcome
1 100% enrollment of Children (6- 14) and retention of children in schools Universal Primary Education
2 100% enrolment in pre-primary school / nursery (3-6 yrs) – learn by play method Yearning for education in children
Monitoring quality of education – through assessing the minimum levels of learning; quality through grades obtained by children Better Grades and minimum levels of learning. Creating an interest in education in children
4 Monitoring of mid day meal scheme Health, nutrition, retention of children in school
5 Improving Adult Literacy – identify the number of illiterates in the village for taking up literacy program Enlightened Citizens and rational behavior in the village
6. Ensuring adequate infrastructure for the school building and Anganwadis with toilets and drinking water Well kept schools and anganwadis
IV. Functional Committee on Social Security and Poverty Reduction:
1. Preferably  a  Women  SC  /ST  member  to  be  the  chairman  of  the committee along with other members as given above.
2. The planning process must duly include appropriate initiatives for the welfare of vulnerable, underprivileged and socially backward sections of the society. The plan shall include coverage of all welfare schemes of the Central and State Governments. Plan shall include measures to ensure coverage all eligible beneficiaries under family Benefit Schemes like insurance, Pensions, housing.  The Special Component Plan (SCP) and Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP) shall be part of the GP Development Plan.
S.No. Activity Output/Outcome
1 Selection of the poorest of the poor beneficiaries in Gram Sabha Coverage of only eligible beneficiaries
2 Implementation of SCSP and TSP – identify eligible beneficiaries who need to be assisted under the SCSP and TSP Improved services to deserving section of village
3 Skill development for youth – survey and identify the youth who need skill development Create better opportunities for meaningful jobs
4 Plugging leakages in Social Security Schemes Ensure that the genuine and eligible beneficiary gets the benefits
V. Functional Committee on Natural Resource Management:
(a) Sarpanch to be the Chairperson of the committee along with members as given above
(b) The committee shall focus on the management of natural resources essential for livelihoods and safe environment. Proper management of precious natural resources is essential for sustainable agriculture and livelihoods. Reckless exploitation of nature has led to degradation of soils, depletion of ground water levels, reduction of tree cover and ultimately to climate change. It is therefore essential to bring the nature back on the track by properly planning for management of natural resources.
(c) Soil and water conservation measures can be planned under Mahatma Gandhi National   Employment   Guarantee   Scheme   (MGNREGS), Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP).
(d) The committee shall extensively coordinate with the APO’s of EGS and PO IWMP and the Field Assistant and water shed assistant at the village level,
I. Telangana ku Haritha Haaram – village greening plan – 40,000 plants per year for the next three years shall be planned, taken up and protected to ensure higher survival rates
II. Ensure the watering of saplings and survival rates
III. Farm/ bund / block plantations in public lands, tank foreshore areas
IV. Afforestation – avenue plantations on roads
V. Water shed management works – soil and water conservation works (ridge to valley treatment under NREGA / IWMP)
VI. Protecting irrigation tanks that have been desilted under mission Kakathiya.
VII. These measures can be effectively dovetailed with the works taken up under Mission Kakathiya Programme for comprehensive restoration and renovation of traditional water bodies.
VIII. Preparation of shelf of works under NREGA – with focus on natural resource management
S.No Activity Output/Outcome
1 Soil Conservation Works Prevention of Soil erosion
2 Water Conservation Works – around I bore wells and tanks W mproved levels of Ground ater and Soil Moisture
3 Telangana ku Haritha Haaram (THH) – planting of 40,000 trees for the next three years and ensuring better survival Green Village. Better Environment
4 Create a shelf of works with extensive coverage of natural resources management and creation of durable assets which will be common use to the Gram Panchayat and the people Construction of durable assets along with wage generation.
5 Ensuring timely payments for nrega wages at the GP level Facilitates immediate payments
6 Undertake construction of Soak Pits Liquid waste disposal in the village
7 Undertake construction of bath cum sanitary toilets 5’ x 7’ Better hygiene and toilet practices
VI. Agriculture
1. Preferably the Upa-Sarpanch shall be the chairperson of the committee along with members given as above.
2. Agriculture  is  the  primary source of  livelihood for majority  of the people and critical link in the production chain.
3. The  focus  shall  be  on  improvement  of  production  systems  and promotion of cost effective practices like use NPM.
4. The plan shall also indicate steps for efficient supply of inputs, credit and post harvesting linkages.
a. Distribution of seed subsidy
b. Maintenance of soil health cards
c.  Custom hiring centers and farm mechanization
d. Credit – accessing the VLR and Pavala Vaddi scheme and loan waiver scheme
S.No. Activity Output/Outcome
1 Production Systems Improvement Cost effective Farming
2 NPM Practices Protection of Soil Fertility. Uncontaminated Food Chain
3 Monitoring of input supply, credit Minimizing distress
4 Post harvest linkages Remunerative price
VII. Functional Committee on Infrastructure:
The infrastructure Committee shall prepare and develop the village Infrastructure  plan  of  the  Gram  Panchayat  and  shall  focus  on  the maintenance internal roads, drains, street lights and other common assets of the village. Based on the availability of resources new works shall be planned based  priority  of  needs.      The  committee  will  have  to  work  in  close coordination with panchayat raj roads, rural water supply, CPDCL/NPDCL officials to achieve appropriate and adequate infrastructure for the village.
1. Sarpanch  to  be  the  Chairperson  of  the  Committee  in  addition  to members given as above.
2. Some  of  the  activities  that  the  functional  committee  can  aim  to achieve are:
(a) Aim at ensuring good internal roads by linking up funds under the PR dept.
(b) Undertake  regular  patch  works  and  cleaning  of  the  paths  with shrubs
(c) Ensure that roads and drains are provided in all SC and ST colonies under SCSP and TSP funds
(d) Ensure that the drains are regularly cleaned
(e) Ensure the construction of soak pits
(f) Ensure adequate number of streetlights that are functioning.
(g) Ensure that all GP building, streetlights and motors are metered to avoid unnecessary billing.
(h) Ensure  the  savings  in  electricity  by  taking  up  energy  efficient devices such as CFL lamps, LED lights, Solar Lights

S.No. Activity Output/Outcome
1 Maintenance of Roads, Drains, Street lights Improved Public Convenience
2 Collection of Taxes and Non-Taxes Better service delivery, Regular Payment of Staff salaries
3 Proper Maintenance of Street lighting Public Convenience, Energy Conservation
4 Dalith Wada infrastructure plan – CC roads; drains; community halls; drinking water Improvement in basic amenities under SCSP
5 Tandas Development plan & tribal hamlet development plan – cc roads, drains, community halls, drinking water Improvement in basic amenities under TSP

All District Collectors and District Panchayat Officers are requested to ensure that Functional committees are constituted  in each of the Gram Panchayat and arrangements are made to disseminate their roles and functions and the need to achieve outcomes as envisaged in this G.O.   They are also requested to to ensure that the composition of the functional committee and the plan of action, and outcomes and strategy are uploaded on the website at all departments are requested to give suitable instructions to their heads of departments to ensure synergy and coordination at the Gram Panchayat level.
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