SUCCESS STORY: UDAN – A COMPLETE CEREMONY HOUSE

Aktailya Gram Panchayat, Habibpur Panchayat Samiti, Malda

Aktailya Gram Panchayat along with 146 other Gram Panchayats of Malda District were included in the second phase of the ISGP program in the year 2017 and at the same time special importance was given towards increasing the own funds of the Panchayats. As a result of efforts to increase their own funds, Aktailya Gram Panchayat took up a project to construct a Ceremony House. Incidentally, in the Gram Panchayat Sansad Sabhas, there had been regular demand for building a Ceremony House for the villagers. In the General Sabha of the Gram Panchayat, with the full consent of all Sabha members, the decision was taken to build a Ceremony House by the name of ‘Udan’.

The project was undertaken in the financial year 2018-19, and was jointly funded by the Fourteenth Finance Commission and ISGPP-II at a cost of Rs. 14,52,171 (Rs. 2,99,700 was funded by the Fourteenth Finance Commission and the balance Rs. 11,52,471 by ISGPP). The work was finished on 20th September, 2018 through e-tendering and was officially inaugurated on 26th January, 2019 in the joint presence of the Hon’ble BDO and ISGPP representatives. The project was built just opposite the Gram Panchayat Office on their own land, in the market area next to the Malda-Nalagola State Highway. Just behind it, was a huge empty field, which could be used as a parking space.

At the General Meeting of the Gram Panchayats, in the presence of all members and after a lengthy discussion, the rent of the Ceremony House and its regular maintenance were decided upon. According to this decision, the estimated increase in the annual funds is given below:

Details of Non-tax Collection

Estimated number of annual rentals possible The amount fixed for every rental Estimated expenses for Annual Maintenance Estimated amount of yearly increase in their own funds
40 Nos. Rs.5,000 per rental Rs. 5,000 per month for 12 months =Rs. 60,000 total Rs. 1,40,000 total

In the current year, publicity has already started about this Ceremony House and three rents have already been confirmed. From 1st April, 2019 to 31st May, 2019 the total amount of non-tax income is Rs.14,500.

 

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