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Gram sabhas are the basis of rural development: Raghubar Das

Dumka: Chief Minister Raghubar Das today said that gram sabhas were the axles in the wheels of development of the 32,602 villages of Jharkhand. He appealed to the panchayat representatives of the state to ensure proper functioning of the gram sabhas to ensure development of the villages.

Das was speaking on the occasion of a gram sabha meeting organized in Asan Pahari village under Asan pahari panchayat of Kathikund block in Dumka. He sat on the ground with the villagers and attended the gram sabha. The gram sabha meeting was presided over by the village head Harinarayan Giri.

Addressing the gathering, the CM said the panchayats should construct check dams if required in the place of large dams. He asked the villagers to promote small industries by allowing them to use their barren lands. The villagers may themselves carry out bamboo plantation on such lands, he said.

The CM said that small irrigation projects such as bora bandh, dobha and farm ponds should be implemented in the villages. He said that the acquisition of barren lands for small industries and development purpose should be permitted by the gram sabha. A proposal to set up a gobar bank (dung bank) and a gobar gas plant given by the CM was supported and passed by the gram sabha.

The CM further said that women should be given due place and importance in gram sabhas. Following his appeal, the gram sabha members took a pledge not to marry off their daughters before their attaining the age of majority. The gram sabha members also took a pledge to educate girls before their marriage.

The CM asked the Mukhiyas of the 4402 panchayats across the state to hold gram sabha meetings every month. If the panchayats fail to discharge their duties, elections will be conducted to replace the Mukhiyas, the CM said in a warning tone.

The Asanpahari gram sabha members told the CM that toilets had been constructed in 100 out of 105 households in the village. The remaining five toilets were being constructed, they said. The gram sabha decided to install four handpumps in the village during today’s meeting.

The CM said the year 2017 will be observed as Garib Kalyan Varsh (Year of Welfare of the Poor People).

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