Nizamabad: The Telangana Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Ministry on Monday conducted a regional meeting of sarpanches from 13 districts at BLN Gardens here, in which 1,500 sarpanches from Adilabad, Nirmal, Asifabad, Komaram Bheem, Karimnagar, Jagityal, Peddapalli, Rajanna Sircilla, Nizamabad, Kamareddy, Siddipet, Medak and Sangareddy districts took part.
Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Minister Jupally Krishna Rao, Law, Housing and Endowments Minister A Indrakaran Reddy, Forest and BC Welfare Minister Jogu Ramanna, Karimnagar ZP chairman Tula Uma and TS APARD commissioner Pousumi Basu were the high-profile attendees.
The State government is preparing a new Panchayati Raj Act to empower the gram panchayats with more rights. As per the amended Act, the State government will issue more funds to the gram panchayats, said Jupally.
At the meeting, TS APARD, Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Ministry officials informed the sarpanches on various government schemes and interacted with sarpanches from various model villages on their role in the development of model villages.
Jupally said that the State government is amending the Panchayati Raj Act to strengthen it. As there are several irregularities in the present Act and it needs amendments. “With the new Act, sarpanches will get additional powers and a new reservation system through the Act,” he added.
The Minister also said that because the Centre is reserving all rights for themselves, the gram panchayats do not get additional powers and funds, which in turn impacts the development of villages. “Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao is focusing on national politics to change these Acts and after amendment of the bill, the Telangana government should conduct gram panchayat elections,” he said.
Indrakaran Reddy added that village sarpanches are focusing on village development and this will help them emerge as future leaders. “Jupally, Jogu Ramanna and I emerged as leaders from village level, he said, adding that a few model villages’ sarpanches are developing their villages very well and others must take a cue from it.
Sarpanches from several model villages shared their experiences and best practices with other sarpanches to help them successfully implement various government schemes.