CM exhorts sarpanches to strive for all-round development of villages

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao today called upon the newly-elected sarpanches and ward members to work together and strive for the all-round progress of the villages. He said developmental plan of the State should be based on the development of the villages with the participation of all villagers.

Stating that required funds would be allotted to the gram panchayats, the Chief Minister said the sarpanches and the village panchayat secretaries should work with responsibility. When the villages are developed, the country will develop, he said, adding that since activities like drinking water supply, power supply, laying of roads and so on, which are important to the villages, are being directly handled by the State government. The gram panchayats should concentrate more on village cleanliness, sanitation, greenery, construction of crematoriums and so on.

He suggested that the resource persons who would be imparting training to the sarpanches should shoulder the responsibility of transforming sarpanches and village secretaries as change agents.
CM made it very clear that the government would be very liberal in devolving and delegating the powers as well as in providing funds, but at the same time if either the funds are misused or if they are negligent in discharging their duties, the sarpanches and or the secretaries would be suspended in accordance with the provisions of new Panchayat Raj Act. The CM had an interactive session at Pragathi Bhavan on Wednesday with resource persons, who would be imparting training to the newly elected sarpanches and village secretaries.

Chief Advisor to the government Rajiv Sharma, Chief Secretary S K Joshi, MLAs D S Redya Nayak, Vemula Prashanth Reddy, Singi Reddy Niranjan Reddy, Bollam Mallaiah Yadav, MDC Chairman Seri Subhash Reddy, Former MLAs V. Chander Rao, Panchayat Raj Secretary Vikas Raj, Commissioner Nitu Prasad, SERP CEO Pausumi Basu, CMO secretary Smita Sabarwal and others participated in the meeting.

Addressing the resource persons, the CM said they should provide necessary understanding and awareness to the sarpanches to work with dedication and commitment for the development of the villages.