Village development top priority: Koppula Eshwar

Village development
Minister for Minority Welfare K Eshwar distributing tractors to gram panchayats in Peddapalli on Friday.

Pedapalli: Minister for Minority Welfare and Senior Citizen Welfare Koppula Eshwar on Friday said the State government was committed to comprehensive development of villages and taking steps in that direction.

The Minister distributed tractors to 62 gram panchayats under Phase-I at Parade Grounds on Friday. He said Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao strongly believed that development of the State was possible only with the growth of villages. In order to develop rural areas, Chief Minister himself designed new Panchayat Raj Act and accorded funds and duties to panchayats.

Growth of villages was not possible without involvement of people. So, 30 Days Action Plan was designed to take up various works in villages by involving local people. The programme got huge response from the public, he said.

State government waived Rs 6,000 crore pending electricity bills of gram panchayats across the State. Hereafter, panchayats have to pay power bills every month without fail.

Advising the people to maintain their villages, Minister instructed officials to impose fine on people, who dump garbage on roads. He urged officials and public representatives to work in coordination to implement 30 Days Action Plan successfully in Peddapalli district.

Besides taking steps to protect planted saplings, sanitation works should also be continued in rural areas, he said. Government would take measures to provide tractors to each and every village, he said and asked officials to use vehicles to supply water to trees, shift garbage and other works. Besides tractors, tankers would also be arranged.

Zilla Parishad chairman Putta Madhukar, local MLA Dasari Manohar Reddy, Collector A Sri Devasena, Joint Collector Vanaja Devi and others participated in the programme.

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