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Panchayat swayamsevaks to herald the systemic change: CM

Palamu, Sep 15: Chief Minister Raghubar Das said that Panchayat swayamsevaks will play an important role in giving impetus to the development and keeping middlemen at bay.

Das said the government will train all block development officers (BDOs) about the schemes to be implemented in panchayats. These BDOs will in turn give training to Panchayat swayamsevaks and representatives. He made the announcement while addressing the Palamu Division Level Panchayat Representative Conference in Medininagar Police Stadium, Palamu on Thursday.

Das said people’s participation was necessary in development schemes. The government has appointed enthusiastic youths as Panchayat swayamsevaks to ensure better work. The government wants to empower the lowest unit of democracy to realize Gram Suraj of Mahatma Gandhi.

The CM said he had come there to bridge the gap between CM and mukhiyas. The CM and the Mukhiyas will have to work hand in hand for inclusive development which is the key to all problems. He said the rights given to panchayats should be used to ensure presence of teachers in schools, mid-day meal, monitor the govt. schemes, availability of necessary amenities and raising up the people’s life standard.

Laying focus on the relevance of village secretariat, the CM said that swayamsevaks have been provided to the panchayat representatives with a view to realize the schemes on ground level. He said the development of the nation can be ensured only when development of villages is ensured. The state government wants to establish village secretariat as an agency.

He said that nobody will be allowed to loot people’s money. Extremists should surrender and join the mainstream or be ready to face the consequences. He said the panchayat secretariat cell will be connected with the CM secretariat.

Appealing to the capable people, the CM said that they should return the red card willingly or their names will be dropped in the survey.

He said that poverty can be reined in if sincere efforts were made. Summoning swayamsevaks and panchayat representatives for a change, the CM said they should work to make their panchayats addiction free. He also announced Rs. 1 lakh to each addiction-free panchayat. He laid stress on conducting Gram Sabha regularly to boost up cottage industries.

Rural Development Minister Nilkanth Singh Munda said that development of villages can be done through community efforts. Unemployment and poverty can be eradicated through sincere efforts only.

On this occasion, Chief Secretary Raj Bala Verma said that village panchayats are plinth of democracy and indispensable from composite development point of view. She said that the govt. has handed over many rights to panchayats including auction of small minerals. If these rights are exercised wisely, villages will develop.

Development Commissioner-cum-Addl. Chief Secretary Amit Khare said that Rs 6400 crore has been given to the state on the recommendation of 14th Finance Commission. The panchayat representatives should talk with the DCs and discover how much fund is allocated or provisioned under different heads.

He further discussed Birsa Awaas Yojana, forest leaves, development of parti land, PDS, pension and child development in details and appealed the panchayat representatives to use it properly.

Panchayati raj Secretary Vandana Dadel also addressed the people. Palamu DC gave the welcome speech.

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