Members evince interest only in demanding quota in BRGF
ANANTAPUR: The inaugural meeting of District Planning Committee (DPC), convened about a year after its formation here on Friday, turned out to be a dull affair with the members evincing interest only in demanding their quota in Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF) instead of taking up constructive debate.
In his introductory speech District Collector and member-convenor of the new body N. Sridhar stated that of the Rs. 28.32 crore funds released to the district during 2007-08, works for which would be taken up in the current 2008-09, Rs. 26.32 crore would be utilised for the works proposed already and the remaining Rs. 2 crore would be utilised purely for priority drinking water needs.
Several DPC members from TDP, which has 14 of its ZPTCs in the new body, alleged that works under BRGF at mandal level were proposed without their knowledge. They were not even aware when the works were proposed. Zilla Parishad Chairperson T. Kavitha, who is also the chairperson of DPC, explained that officials and some elected representatives had shortlisted the works due to shortage of time. However, the members could now propose works for the 20 per cent ZP share of works, she said.
Chairperson of Rayadurg Municipality, G. Upender Reddy, who is one among the five Congress DPC members from municipal bodies, urged allocation of a share in funds to municipal bodies as they were badly in need of funds. Minister for Panchayat Raj J.C. Diwakar Reddy intervened and said a proposal was there with the State government to allocate 5 to 10 per cent of funds from BRGF to municipal bodies from the ZP share.
Members of Legislative Council P. Subba Reddy and G. Thippeswamy suggested construction of anganwadi centres in primary school complexes and take up as many school and hostel buildings as possible in BRGF funds instead of works like cement-concrete roads. Another MLC P. Raghunatha Reddy sought to know how the CC roads and drains were proposed without involving the sarpanches concerned. Lack of time was no reason to overlook the elected representatives, he felt. The meeting adopted a resolution urging the Government to construct ‘dhobi ghats’ in villages and sanction autos to every dhobi family continuing their vocation.