Ranchi, Oct. 19: Chief Minister Raghubar Das today said the state cannot be developed without developing the villages. Village panchayats are the centres of social, political, economic, religious and cultural activities and development, he said.
“Our villages are backward even after 70 years of Independence. State government is committed to provide basic civic amenities like drinking water, healthcare and education at panchayat level.
In order to achieve our goals, the government has decided to conduct gram sabha from 19th October to 31st October, 2016,” the CM said.
He was addressing a gathering after inaugurating ‘Hamari Yojana, Hamara Vikas’ gram-sabha program at Sona Dhani, Littipara in Pakur.
The gram sabha was presided over by the Mukhiya of Sona Dhani Mantu Mahato.
On this occasion, the CM inaugurated 61 schemes and laid the foundation stone for 97 schemes. The CM also heard 962 cases of Primitive Tribe pension scheme and 1066 of National Widow Pension scheme, 23 of Ved Vyas scheme besides handing over forest pattas to 145 beneficiaries under forest right Act, distributing assets among beneficiaries under KCC Chief Minister Primitive Tribe Scheme and providing pump sets to farmers.
The CM appealed to make the local governance strong, effective and transparent and advised to conduct two day gram sabha in all the gram panchayats for making 15 year plan and selecting three year schemes for development. He said that in these two days, people have to set the developmental scheme for the next 15 years.
They also have to make three and one year plan. In order to prioritize panchayats, meetings should be held every month and schemes should be implemented in the interest of the people. He said that mukhiya, panchayat secretary and panchayat sevaks should participate in the panchayat meetings regularly and sort out villagers’ problems. He said that Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of self-governance has not been fulfilled so far which the government is determined to implement.
For water conservation, the CM laid stress on making farm ponds, ponds and check dams through panchayats since the funds will be made available to panchayats directly. The CM said that in order to implement Clean India and Skill development campaigns of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, schemes will be made on village level.
All homes should be attached with toilets and boys and girls will be trained through Ummid and Kaushal Sakhi programmes respectively. He laid stress on boosting up employment through small schemes like gobar gas plants and dairy farms.
The programme was also addressed by Urban Development Department Principal Secretary and Panchayati Raj Secretary.
On this occasion, Santhal Pargana Commissioner, DIG, Pakur DC, SP , officers of Santhal Pargana and permanent committees like Village Development Committee, Village Security Committee, Education and Social Justice Committee, Health Committee, Infrastructure Committee, Vigilance Committee, Community Asset Committee, Agricultural committee chairman, secretary and members were also present.