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Hooda announces number of sops for Panchayati Raj Institutions

Written by: Staff
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Rai (Sonipat), Mar 26: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today announced a number of sops to strengthen the Panchayati Raj institutions and accelerate the pace of development in rural areas of the State.

The Chief Minister, who was addressing a Panchayati Raj sammelan here announced to enhance the limit of cash-in-hand for sarpanches from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000.

He said the honorarium of chairman of Zila Parishad would be enhanced from Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000 and that of vice chairman from Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,000.

Similarly, the honorarium of chairman, panchayat samiti would be raised from Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000. The sarpanches would get Rs 1,000 per month as honorarium in future.

Mr Hooda said the parallel institution of Gram Vikas Samities in Gram Panchayats has been abolished. Instead of Gram Vikas Sahayaks, the additional Gram sachives would be posted.

Therefore, 2,700 posts of Gram sachives have been created and these would be filled up shortly.

Similarly, for the help of the Panchayati Raj institutions, Junior Engineers or other officials would be deputed as per their requirement to undertake the developmental works of panchayats in a proper manner.

He said it would be mandatory to hold three meetings of Gram Sabha in a year instead of two at present. The members of the concerned wards of Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti would also be invited to the meetings of the Gram Sabha.

He said the Gram Panchayat, Panchayat Samiti and Zila Parishad would, while preparing their plans consider basic necessities to formulate a District Plan for the development of villages.

Those panchayats would be awarded at the level of block, district and State, where the people have paid their 100 per cent electricity dues, where there would be complete sanitation in the village and each household has an individual toilet.

The Panchayat ranking first at the state level, would get Rs 20 lakh, the panchayat ranking second would get Rs 15 lakh and the third would be awarded Rs 10 lakh. At block level, two panchayats would be given Rs two lakh each, at district level one panchayat would be awarded Rs five lakh.

Mr Hooda said that the survey list of the families living below the poverty line would be made available in each village with effect from April 10 for the information of the villagers. Thereafter, any villager could file his objections for next 30 days with tehsildar and Sub Divisional Magistrate. The competent authority would complete its investigation in 10 days after receiving appeal from the applicant and accordingly inform him of the decision. If required, the survey list could be amended on the basis of the decision taken on the complaint.

He said that in case the complainant not being satisfied with the decision of the tehsildar or the SDM, he could file another appeal with the District Collector within one month of the decision of his first appeal. This appeal would be investigated by the concerned Collector within ten days of its receipt. He would also intimate the person who has filed an appeal about his decision. If required, the survey list could be amended on the basis of the decision taken on the complaint.

He announced that 4,000 chaupals of members belonging to Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes would be repaired in a year at a cost of Rs 20 crore. Mini sports stadiums would be constructed or play grounds would be developed in 500 villages at a cost of Rs 40 crore to channelise the energies of the youth. The Panchayati sports meets, which were discontinued in the recent past, would be revived.

These steps would help a lot in promoting the promising sports talent in the rural areas of the State.

He also announced a sum of Rs 40 crore would be spent on repair of school buildings and Rs 9 crore would be released for the repair of buildings of veterinary hospitals and dispensaries.

Mr Hooda expressed his gratitude to the Union Rural Development Minister, Mr Raghuvansh Prasad Singh for sanctioning a special scheme of Rs 239.52 crore to construct individual latrines, community sanitation complexes for women and Anganwari complexes.

The scheme was forwarded by the Haryana Government for approval of the Central Government.

UNI

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