e-PRI is a a unique scheme of Panchayati Raj Ministry that proposes to provide a whole range of IT related services to Panchayati Raj Institutions as part of the Mission Mode Projects (MMPs) under NeGP (National E Governance programme).
It has been launched by Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India on January 28, 2010. It would provide the services like Decentralised Database and Planning, PRI Budgeting and Accounting, Implementation and monitoring of Central and State sector schemes, Citizen-centric Services, Unique codes to Panchayats and Individuals, Essential GIS-based applications, On-line Self-learning medium for elected representatives and official functionaries. E PRI also envisages providing computing facilities along with connectivity to all the 2.36 lakh panchayats at a tentative cost of Rs 4,500 crore over a three-year period. Panchayats being the basic unit for planning and implementation of Cenral/States programmes and schemes, 'e-PRI' would be the umbrella MMP where Information and Service Needs Assessment, Business Process Engineering and Detailed Budget Reports for 27 States were ready for access.
Objective of e-PRI MMP
* Enabling Panchayats to better deliver its mandated services to the Citizens through IT.
* Enabling PRIs to use IT as a tool for transparency, disclosure of services to Citizens and social audit
* Improving internal management processes and decision making in Panchayats
* Enabling PRIs to use IT for electronic tagging and tracking of funds transferred to Panchayats, including rapid bank transfer of funds, tracking fund transfers to, expenditures of the Panchayats