Biodiversity committees in place in 170-odd Village Panchayats

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October 5, 2017 at 9:57 am #8079

Around 170-odd village panchayats (VPs) in the state have constituted the Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs) and the VPs who have not constituted it have been directed by the directorate of Panchayats to fulfill the mandatory requirement of constituting BMC on October 8.

“Approximately 170 VPs have formed BMC and 20-22 VPs have failed to constitute this panel due to lack of quorum, hence the department has given another opportunity to the panchayats to comply by October 8,” said Panchayat director Sandhya Kamat.

She said that an amount of Rs 60,000 will be granted to each BMC to undertake work for the conservation of biodiversity, sustainable use of its components and fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the resources, and associated traditional knowledge within their jurisdiction.

She informed that except Old Goa and Chodan-Madel VPs, rest all VPs in the state have managed to constitute Village Development Committees (VDCs).

Kamat said that the grants under the 14th Finance Commission for VDCs will be distributed on the basis of the population registered in the 2011 census.

“As per the 14th Finance Commission criteria, the population of the state is taken into consideration thereafter the population of all the VPs and population of a particular VP so accordingly the grants will be divided amongst the VPs,” she said.

Kamat informed that the department has taken a firm stand to promote e-governance wherein the entire functioning of the department would be digitised for which files have been put forward before the government seeking funds to create required infrastructure.

She said that initially, work will be undertaken to link the directorate of Panchayat, Block Development Offices and all 190 VPs online so that a common digitised database of records is prepared and then extending services of VPs online to the common man.

Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Biodiversity committees in place in 170-odd VPs

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