Chief Minister Sri K. Chandrashekar Rao declared that local bodies would be strengthened and they would be made to play an active role in the rural development. He said the Zilla Parishads and Mandal Parishads would be given funds like the Gram Panchayats and they would be assigned with the fixed responsibilities. He also made it clear that Zilla and Mandal Parishads would be allocated funds in the State’s budget of 2021-2022. He said the New Panchayat Raj Act had empowered the gram panchayats with the power to utilize their funds totally without taking any permission from the Mandal and District level officials. He wanted this should be implemented effectively.
The CM held a review meeting at Pragathi Bhavan here on Monday on measures to be taken to strengthen the local bodies. Minister Sri Indrakaran Reddy, Chief Secretary Sri Somesh Kumar, Principal Secretary (Panchayat Raj) Sri Sandeep Sultania, Principal Secretary (Finance) Sri Ramakrishna Rao, Commissioner Sri Raghunandan Rao, Deputy Commissioner Sri Rama Rao, CM Secretary Ms. Smita Sabharwal, Government Whips Sri Guvvala Balraju, Sri Balka Suman, MLAs Sri Sandra Venkata Veeraiah, Sri G Chinnaiah, Sri Divakar Rao, Sri Shankar Naik, Sri Harshavardhan Reddy, Adilabad former ZP Chairman Sri Satynarayan Goud and others participated.
“The government has taken a decision to strengthen the local bodies and implementing it. As part of this, the Finance Commission is releasing funds directly to the gram panchayats and municipalities. Every month Gram Panchayats have released Rs. 308 Crore and Municipalities Rs. 148 Crore. Since there is no dearth of funds, programmes like Palle Pragathi and Pattana Pragathi are successfully implemented. Villages have now dump yards, Tractors, Plant nurseries and Vaikunta Dhams. In a similar way, special funds from the finance commission would be released to Zilla and Mandal Parishads. If these funds are linked with the MNREGA more funds can be accrued. Fix responsibilities to Zilla and Mandal Parishads besides releasing funds. Officials should suggest what kind of responsibility should be given to Zilla and Mandal Parishads. I will discuss these suggestions personally with the Zilla Parishad Chairpersons. Then we will take a final decision. In all, the government would take measures to strengthen the Zilla and Mandal Parishads and make them play a more active role in the rural development,” the CM said.
“We have incorporated conditions in the new Act for the Gram Panchayats to spend their funds totally. But in some places, for more than Rs. 2 Lakh worth of works, the old rule of taking permission from the Mandal officers is being implemented. This is against the new Act. The Gram Panchayats have every right to spend funds for the needs of their villages. No one should interfere in this. On this matter, the official should clarify once again,” the CM, said.