Hyderabad: The two Cabinet Sub-Committees on new Panchayat Raj Act and Agriculture Investment Support Scheme submitted its recommendations to Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao at Pragathi Bhavan on Saturday.
The State government constituted one committee to suggest best provisions, including giving more powers to local body representatives besides making them accountable and involving people in the development of gram panchayats and another to look into the best method of disbursement of investment support to farmers.
Both the committees held several rounds of meetings and sought suggestions for the effective implementation of investment support scheme and PR Act.
The committee on PR Act sought an opinion from Advocate General, Law Department and senior IAS officers in this regard. It touched subjects such as building permissions, illegal layouts, sanitation, election procedures, conducting gramsabhas, encroachments, constitution of an authority to finalise disciplinary actions against local body representatives, budgetary allocations, sanitation, online system, fines for littering on roads, reducing auditing delay, introducing citizen charter, appointing co-option members in village panchayats and budgetary allocations based on the village population.
The committee also widely discussed the best practices available across the country in village administration system based on the PR officials’ recent study tours.
The committee on Agriculture Investment Support Scheme also conducted a one-day survey of farmers to get their opinion on disbursement of investment assistance to farmers from ensuing rabi season. Later, the committee favoured cheque system for release of Rs 4,000 per acre per crop input assistance.
Members of both the committees — Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, Jupally Krishna Rao, Etela Rajender, G Jagadish Reddy, Tummala Nageshwar Rao, KT Rama Rao, Indrakarn Reddy and Harish Rao — approved the draft Panchayat Raj Bill and submitted it to Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao.
Special Assembly session soon
To approve the new PR Bill, the State government will request Governor ESL Narasimhan to convene a special session to approve the new PR Bill. Already, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao met Governor on Friday in this regard.