Special Correspondent

VIJAYAWADA: The enhancement of wages to gram panchayats, Zilla Parishads and Mandal Parishads by the State government was hailed.

Legislative Council member Ilapuram Venkaiah, at a press conference here on Tuesday, thanked Chief Minister K. Rosaiah for issuing an order enhancing the wages of those who have been elected to the local bodies. The local bodies played a crucial role in reaching out to the people in a great democracy like India, he said.

Mr. Venkaiah said that GO Ms. No. 279 enhancing the wages of the elected representatives was issued on September 17.

He said that the MLCs representing the local bodies had submitted a memorandum to former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy asking for the enhancement of wages to the elected representatives. Dr. Reddy immediately constituted a Cabinet Committee to look into the matter. The committee submitted a report to the Government on September 6, 2008.

According to the GO, the presidents of the major gram panchayats would now be paid Rs. 1,500 a month instead of Rs. 1000, while the other gram panchayat presidents would be paid Rs. 1,000 a month instead of Rs. 600. mandal parishad presidents would now be paid Rs. 1,500 a month instead of Rs. 1,000, while zilla parishad chairpersons would be paid Rs. 7,500 instead of Rs 5,000. The honorarium for the ZPTC members has been increased from Rs. 1,500 to Rs. 2,250 a month, Mr. Venkaiah said.

The MLC also thanked the Minister for Panchayat Raj, Botsa Satyanarayana, for taking the initiative in revising the wages for the local body members.

The Krishna zilla parishad vice-chairperson, Tatineni Padmavathi, the Krishna district Congress Committee general secretary, N. Narasimha Rao, were also present at the news conference.