State-level committee to make grampanchayats financially competent : CM Fadnavis

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Shirdi, July 31, 2019: A state-level committee will be set up to suggest measures to make grampanchayats financially competent and suitable decisions will be taken based on the recommendations of the committee, said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis here today.

He was speaking at the valedictory function of the state level sarpanch and upsarpanch workshop organized by Rural Development Department and All India Sarpanch Council (Akhil Bharatiya Sarpanch Parishad) here on the ground of Agriculture Corporation. Dy Speaker of the Assembly Vijay Auti, Rural Development Minister Pankaja Munde, Housing Minister Radhakrushna Vikhe Patil, Marketing and Textile Minister and Guardian minister of the district Prof Ram SHinde, MoS Rural Development Dadaji Bhuse, ZP President Shalinitai Vikhe Patil, MP Sujay Vike Patil, Chairman of Panchayt Raj Committee Sudhir Parve, Principal Secretary of Rural Development Asim Kumar Gupta, Head of State Rural Life Improvement Campaign R Vimala and others were present on this occasion.

Fadnavis said that providing the funds of 14th finance commission directly to gram panchayats and to give them autonomy in this regard will be definitely considered, and discussion on giving representation to sarpanch representative in district planning committee. The 15th Finance Commission will be urged to allow sarpanchs to place their views before the commission. The State Government is committed to rural development and for that the treasury of the state will always be open. All the necessary schemes for the villages will be completed, he assured.

The Chief Minister said that this is happening for the first time in the country’s history that the government and sarpanchs are coming together to organize the training program. This sarpanch conference will create history in respect of rural development and welfare of citizens. The problems of our villages are still unresolved even after 70 years of independence. This government has taken initiative for resolving them and accelerated these measures focusing on the development of villages. Keeping in view of agriculture, basic problems, potable water, etc. the government developed a model of rural development and did not leave any stone unturned for their implementation. Public participation played an important role in this, he said.

Sarpanchs and upsarpanchs are transforming the villages hence to strengthen their efforts the government decided to elect them directly from the people. That’s why we see the youth, educated class and women are leading the rural areas on a large scale. The government has decided to increase the honorarium of factors responsible for rural development. Besides, the decision to grant meeting allowance to members of grampanchayats will be taken soon. This will accelerate the speed of rural development, he said.

Besides considering initiating an award for sarpanchs as suggested by the Sarpanch Parishad, the Chief Minister said that a statutory council of sarpanchs can also be formed to establish dialogue with them on various issues. Through this council the government schemes could be reached to the village level besides making dialogue easy.

The Chief Minsiter Solar Agriculture Duct scheme is started to produce 5000 MW electricity which will be supplied to agriculture feeders to make power available for 12 hours to the farmers.

The state has become completely ODF state in 2018 and 60 lakh toilets were constructed and did a commendable job in PM Housing Scheme by constructing over 7 lakh houses in last four and half years. All those whose names appear in SC list will be provided houses by this year end. Over three lakh encroachments in rural areas are regularized for the benefit of the poor families.

22000 km road construction has been completed through the CM Rural Road Scheme and remaining works will be done by this year end. Asian Development Bank has given Rs 4000 crore for these roads, he said.

Water supply schemes for 18000 villages are sanctioned and 10000 out of them are completed while remaining 8000 are at various levels of completion. 15000 villages became self-sufficient in water requyirement through Jalyukta shivar scheme and with only 70% rainfall last year the farm production was equal to that of 2012.

CM launched the ‘MyRDD’ app which will give information of rural development department, contact numbers of information officers and employees and funds distributed by grampanchayats.

Rural Development Minister Pankaja Munde credited the Chief Minister for implementation of rural development schemes and said that power is means to serve the society. Youth are being provided employment through the Deendayal Upadhyaya Rural Skill Development program.

MoS Rural Development Dadaji Bhuse also spoke on the occasion. Principal Secretary Gupta made introductory remarks and gave information of MyRDD App.

The program was attended by public representative of the district MLAs Snehlata Kolhe, Shivajirao Kardile, Balasaheb Murkute, Monika Rajale, Suresh Dhas, former Minister Babanrao Pachpute. Collector Rahul Dwivedi, ZP CEO Vishwajit Mane and others.

Pankaja Munde inaugurated the conference in the morning session.

CM visits Sai temple, takes ‘darshan’ of Sai Samadhi

After the conference Chief Minister Fadnavis visited Sai temple and had ‘darshan’ of Sri Sai Samadhi. He was accompanied by Pankaja Munde, Radhakrushna Vikhe Patil, Prof Ram Shinde, Sujay Vukeh Patil, Chairman Sai Sansthan Suresh Hawre and CEO Dipak Muglikar.

The CM was welcomed at Shirdi Airport by Divisional Commissioner Rajaram Mane. DIG Chhoring Drje, Collector Rahul Dwivedi, Prof Ram Shinde, Radhakrushna Vukhe patil were present on this occasion.