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Basic infra in villages to be in place in next 5 years: Minister

Village panchayats across the country would have basic infrastructure in place in the next five years as each would get about Rs 1.6 crore in form of grants from the Centre, Union Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh said on Tuesday.

Addressing a press conference after inaugurating a day-long national meeting of tribal women gram panchayat presidents, the Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Sanitation and Drinking Water said over Rs 2 lakh crore would flow to village panchayats as  the 14th Finance Commission grants in the next five years.

An equal amount would be available under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme, he said.

“So each panchayat, even a minor one, will get Rs 1.6 crore in total and in the next five years the gram panchayats will be in a position wherein at least 80 per cent, if not 100 per cent, of basic infrastructure will be in place," Singh said.
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