Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Thursday declared the 30-day Palle Pragati programme, the Action Plan to turn all villages into clean and green entities, a grand success. He also reiterated that the government was committed to releasing Rs 339 crore as promised for development of villages in the State.
He said Rs 2 crore for each district was being released on Thursday and these funds will be available with the respective District Collectors to meet expenses related to development, cleanliness and tree planting activities, as needed.
The Chief Minister complimented Ministers, District Collectors, sarpanches and all other officials who ensured the programme’s success. He singled out the power sector for conducting a ‘Power Week’ during which power supply-related issues, including repairs, were taken up by electricity utilities as part of the month-long cleanliness and tree planting drive in the villages.
Programme reviewed Chandrashekhar Rao’s comments came at a meeting at Pragathi Bhavan with Ministers, District Collectors, senior officials from various departments and village level officials where the progress during the 30-day Action Plan was reviewed and officials, including District Collectors, narrated their experiences and conditions in their districts. They said the programme followed the government’s directions for comprehensive planning, action aimed at all-round improvement and development of villages.
The Palle Pragati programme, launched on September 6, generated awareness among people on the need to keep villages clean and hygienic, and similar programme will be held in future too as part of continuing efforts to keep up the new found spirit in Telangana villages. It was to ensure that the villages enjoy all-round development that the government filled vacancies from village secretaries to district panchayat officers. The government will ensure that gram panchayats will not face any shortage of funds. The Rs 339 crore in funds provided by the 14th Finance Commission every month will continue, and these funds will be in addition to the revenues generated by each gram panchayat, the Chief Minister said.
The funds should be used for growing trees, garbage collection and disposal and villages should make proper use of the staff and funds provided by the government. The responsibility to bring a change in attitude and continue the spirit with which the programme was implemented lies with district panchayat officers who should follow the annual and five year plans prepared for each village, he said.