Fourth Schedule

228[See Sub-section (1) of section 172]

Functions of Block Panchayats

(A) General Functions

  1. Utilise Governmental-non-Governmental technical expertise at block level.
  2. Provide technical assistance to Village Panchayats.
  3. Prepare schemes taking into consideration the schemes of village panchayats in order to avoid duplication and to provide backward, forward linkage.

(B) Sectorwise functions

  1. Agriculture
    1. Farmers training programmes for the implementation at the village level.
    2. Arrange agricultural inputs required for schemes at the village level.
    3. Conduct of agricultural exhibitions.
    4. Management of watersheds falling within the Block Panchayat area.
    5. Mobilise agricultural loans.
    6. Encouragement of sericulture.
  2. Animal Husbandry and Dairy Farming
    1. Running of veterinary poly clinics and zonal artificial insemination centres.
    2. Provide speciality services in animal husbandry.
    3. Conducting of cattle and poultry shows.
  3. Minor Irrigation
    Implementation and maintenance of all Lift Irrigation Schemes and Minor Irrigation
    Schemes covering more than one village panchayats.
  4. Fisheries
    Development of traditional landing centres.
  5. Small Scale Industries.
    1. Establishment of mini industrial estates.
    2. Promotion of industries with investment limit of one third of S.S.I.
    3. Formulation of self employment schemes in Industrial sector.
  6. Housing
    1. Popularisation of low cost housing.
    2. Promotion of housing co-operative societies.
  7. Electricity and Energy
    Development of conventional energy sources.
  8. Education
    Management of Government Industrial Training Institutions.
  9. Public Works
    1. Maintenance of Village roads connecting more than one village panchayat within the Block Panchayat and other roads vested in block panchayat.
    2. Construction of buildings for institutions transferred from Government.
  10. Public Health and Sanitation
    Running of community health centres and Taluk Hospitals with all systems of medicine within the Block Panchayat.
  11. Social Welfare
    Management of I.C.D.S.
  12. Poverty Alleviation
    1. Planning and implementation of employment assurance schemes in co-ordination with the Village Panchayat.
    2. Skill upgradation of poor for self employment and giving wage employment for people below poverty line.
  13. Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe Development
    1. Management of pre-metric hostels.
    2. Promotion of Co-operative Societies means for Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes.
  14. Co-operation
    1. Organising co-operatives within the jurisdiction of block panchayat.
    2. Strengthening of co-operative institutions.]

228Substituted by Act 13 of 1999.