More power to sarpanches in Telangana

Panchayat Raj Minister says State govt contemplating to provide more powers to local bodies in new PR Act

By Author  |  Published: 12th Jun 2019  9:45 pm
Panchayat Raj Minister E Dayakar Rao at Zilla Parishad general body meeting in Karimnagar on Wednesday.

Karimnagar: Panchayat Raj Minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao promised local body representatives to provide cheque power to newly elected gram panchat sarpanches after the enactment of the new Panchayat Raj Act, here on Wednesday.

“It is not a big matter to provide cheque power to sarpanches and the issue would be solved with a single signature. However, it was deliberately stalled to provide more power to local body representatives in the new PR Act,” he said.

The Minister took part in the last Zilla Parishad general body meeting of erstwhile Karimnagar district held under the chair of Zilla Parishad chairperson Tula Uma here on Wednesday. Local bodies representatives including ZPTC members, MPTC members and sarpanches have lost their power and funds due to Central acts, he added.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao was firm on strengthening the Panchayat Raj Department, he said and added that the State government was contemplating to provide more powers to local bodies in new PR Act by reducing the role of officials.

For the purpose, discussions were being carried out as to what kind of powers should be given to sarpanches and other public representatives. Once finalised, the PR Act would be amended and cheque powers would be given to sarpanches, the Minister said.

At the same time, action would also be taken against sarpanches, ZPTC members and MPTC members if they failed to fulfil their responsibilities. It would also included in the Act, he said.

Chief Minister was particular about maintaining sanitation in villages. Action would be taken against sarpanches if anybody was seen attending nature’s call in open place, he warned.

Talking about government schools in rural areas, he said besides qualified teachers, mid-day meal, uniform and books were being provided free of cost. Despite everything that was being done by the government, parents were sending children to private schools. So, to strengthen rural schools, Chief Minister had decided to give the responsibility of schools development to sarpanches, he added.

There were gaps in the functioning of Revenue Department. It was necessary to reform the department by filling the gaps. There was no doubt that there were some corrupt officials in the department. However, it was not proper to blame the entire department, the Minister said.

Commenting on complaint raised by ZPTC members that intra-village connection of Mission Bhagiratha were damaged in many villages, Dayakar Rao assured them to solve the problems. With a view to provide safe drinking water to people, Telangana government has taken up Mission Bhagiratha works with Rs 40,000 crore and planning to allocate another Rs 10,000 crore. Every year, Rs 2,000 crore would be allocated for maintenance of the scheme, he added.

Health Minister, Etela Rajender said politicians do not retire. How long a politician had been in the power does not matter. What kind of service politicians provide to people was more important, he added.

Being a Finance Minister, he had sanctioned Rs 800 to Rs 1,000 crore to each constituency. In the coming days, erstwhile Karimnagar would become number one district in health sector, he said and promised to help in the clearance of pending bills and complete pending works of ZPTCs and MPTCs.

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