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Telangana strengthened local bodies: Errabelli

Published: 19th Nov 2021 12:43 am

Hyderabad: Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Minister E Dayakar Rao said the leaders of Congress and BJP were creating ruckus over allocation of funds to MPTCs and ZPTCs with political motives. “Telangana government is committed towards delegation of authority on funding to ZPTCs and MPTCs in the State. In the united Andhra Pradesh, rural local bodies were weakened,” the Minister said.

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Addressing MPTC State Association members at his camp office, the Minister said the new Panchayat Raj Act, enacted in 2018, had strengthened rural local bodies in the State. Dayakar Rao said in the last seven years, the State government had not only increased funds and powers but also significantly increased the honorarium to protect the dignity of rural bodies’ public representatives. No other State government in the country had taken up such an initiative, the Minister said.

This apart, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had allocated Rs 258 crore to Zilla Parishads and Rs 242 crore to Mandal Parishads in the current financial year. No other State has made such allocations, the Minister pointed out. Even Gram Panchayats were being allocated Rs 5 lakh. Under this initiative, in 2020-21 over Rs 63 lakh were sanctioned to small villages and over Rs 2 crore were sanctioned in the current financial year, he said.

The Minister said the Chief Minister was also releasing funds from the State Finance Commission on par with the Central Finance Commission from 2019-20. The Minister assured that all the issues of the MPTC and ZPTC regarding powers and allocation of funds would be brought to the notice of the Chief Minister and resolved at the earliest.

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