Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Saturday announced that the time has come for gram panchayats, mandal and zilla parishads to emerge as clear action taking bodies instead of just being mere figurehead institutions as was the case in the past. The Chief Minister said “as part of the government’s drive to strengthen the Panchayat Raj system in the State, clear instructions on the role of various officials and elected representatives from gram panchayats up to zilla parishads will be issued.”
Decentralization of authority will be a key component of this exercise, the Chief Minister said and duties, responsibilities, funds for these bodies will be clearly defined and provided for. “The required powers for these bodies to execute their duties and responsibilities will be given,” he said. All of this information will be provided before the launch of the 60-day action plan for village development that government has already announced, he added.
The Chief Minister also said a district-level ‘green committee’ will be set up and will be headed by the respective District Collectors to oversee tree planting and increase of green cover in villages and urban areas.
“The goal of the government is to develop villages. I believe that if we are determined, we can bring positive change in villages. The government introduced the new Panchayat Raj Act for comprehensive development of villages. The Act clearly defines the roles of elected representatives and village officials. And now, the government has decided to transfer the required powers to these local bodies,” he said.
“It is not proper that even ZP chairpersons, who enjoy Cabinet rank, are without any work on their hands. The same is the situation with MPPs and ZPTCs who have been elected by the people. This situation cannot continue. Elected representatives of local bodies should play their full roles in governance at their level,” he said.
“The government, he said, will define the roles of each of these persons and make it clear what they need to do on various issues such as education, health services, increasing greenery and maintaining cleanliness in villages. What is the role of gram panchayats? What should mandal parishads and zilla parishads do? On all these issues, the government will provide clarity,” he said.
The Chief Minister said funds allocated to the State by the Finance Commission will be released soon and the State will match those releases and the money will be released to the local bodies. “Only after the funds are released and duties and responsibilities are clearly defined, will the action plan be launched,” he added.
KLIS project sites names after deities
Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Saturday announced new names for various components of the mega Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS).
He said the Medigadda barrage will be named Lakshmi barrage while the Kannepalli pumphouse associated with the barrage will be called Lakshmi pumphouse.
The Annaram barrage will be called Saraswati barrage, and the Siripuram pumphouse associated with it will be called Saraswati pumphouse.
The third barrage in the series of structures of KLIS on the Godavari river, Sundilla barrage, has been named Parvati barrage while the Goliwada pumphouse will henceforth be called Parvati pumphouse. The Nandi Medaram barrage-cum-pumphouse will be called Nandi barrage and pumphouse.
Similarly, the Chief Minister announced that Lakshmipuram pumphouse will be called Gayatri pumphouse, according to a release from the Chief Minister’s Office.