Khammam: Transport Minister Puvvada Ajay Kumar on Monday directed the district officials to initiate action against village level officials neglecting sanitation in rural areas.
He made a surprise inspection in Pandillapalli and Jagannadhapuram villages in Chintakani mandal in the district. He expressed his ire over the poor state of sanitation in villages saying that the gram panchayat (GP) staff was lacking seriousness in delivering their duties.
The Minister, who went around the villages, was outraged on finding piles of garbage, mud and weeds all over the streets while drains were choked with garbage. The State government through Palle Pragathi aims to ensure better sanitation and cleanliness in rural areas, he said.
Ajay Kumar sought to know why the sanitation works were not carried out in the villages even as the government has been releasing funds to gram panchayats. Poor sanitation conditions would lead to spread of seasonal diseases, he said while directing the GP officials to address the issue.
The minister visited the nurseries in the villages and told elected representatives and officials to take responsibility for the care of the plants in the nurseries. Greenery should be spread in the villages by planting and ensuring survival of saplings, he suggested.
He directed the officials to take immediate measures to shift plant nurseries located in private lands to government lands. Public facilities developed in the villages have to be brought into use without waiting for their inauguration, he noted.
Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao wanted to fulfill Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of self-governance in villages by giving funds directly to the panchayats every month, he said and suggested that GP staff should work accordingly.
Regular meetings involving agriculture officials and scientists have to be conducted in Rythu Vedikas to guide farmers on modern techniques and integrated farming, Ajay Kumar advised.
He directed the DPO to issue show cause notices to MPO, Srinivas Rao, Pandillapalli and Jagannadhapuram sarpanches, GP secretaries Nikhil and D Vinod for failing to maintain cleanliness in the villages.
ZP Chairman L Kamalraj, MLC B Lakshminarayana, SUDA Chairman B Vijay Kumar, District Collector RV Karnan, Agriculture Officer Vijaya Nirmala and others accompanied the minister.
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