Videography of Gram Sabha meetings in UP

Centre has stumbled upon a novel idea which will increase the participation of the villagers in the democratic system of villages. Bringing in changes in the functioning of gram panchayats, the Centre has asked for the Gram Sabha meetings to be recorded on cameras. The meetings would be video graphed, photographed and its record would be sent to Additional Development Officer (Panchayat). BM Meena, Principal Secretary, Panchayati Raj and Gram Sabha, has directed the District Magistrates through letters to ensure the implementation of the new system in the council and committee meetings. Also, the Secretary has insisted on holding meetings on schedule and abiding by all the rules. According to the Panchayat Raj Act, Gram Sabha should hold two open meetings in a year. The date and venue of the meeting should be informed at least 15 days prior to it. In order to complete the quorum, presence of 1/5 villagers is mandatory. 


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