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FOR DEVELOPMENT: Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Shobha Karandlaje chairing a review meeting in Bidar on Monday. Member of Parliament Narsingrao Suryawanshi is seen.
FOR DEVELOPMENT: Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Shobha Karandlaje chairing a review meeting in Bidar on Monday. Member of Parliament Narsingrao Suryawanshi is seen.

Staff Correspondent

Work on community halls will be completed within March: Minister

BIDAR: Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Shobha Karandlaje on Monday said 200 more villages of Hyderabad Karnataka region had been included under the Suvarna Grama Yojana.

Addressing a press conference after holding a review meeting of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department here, she said that the State Government had decided on bringing more gram panchayats under the yojana and the matter also came up for discussion at a Cabinet meeting.

She said that 49 gram panchayats were under the yojana in the district. Road and drainage works had been completed under the yojana. At some places, owing to lack of land for construction of community halls, works had not progressed as expected. Taking elected representatives into confidence, the works on the community halls would be completed within March.

Water supply

In Bidar district, she said, 217 water supply sources were “contaminated” and 37 contained fluoride. Officials had been directed to attend to the complaints and four habitations would be supplied with water through tankers, the Minister said.

She said that a comprehensive scheme was being considered by the State Government to supply surface water to human habitations either from tanks or rivers. The State Government had decided to supply surface water to human habitations following complaints of fluoride-content in underground water. To ensure safe and clean drinking water, the Minister said, the stress would be on recharging the water table and impounding rainwater through construction of farm-ponds.

For road repair works in Bidar district, she said that Rs. 11.80 crore had been released. Tenders had been called for and work orders had been issued. Officials had been directed to complete the works within February.

In many gram panchayats, bill collectors were discharging the duties of village accountants, she said. Development officers would be appointed to 5,628 gram panchayats in the State and the process would start in about two months. A candidate with an engineering background, Master of Social Work, post-graduate in rural development or a degree would be considered for the post.

She said the purpose of appointing development officers was to ensure proper utilisation of funds allocated to a gram panchayat. A gram panchayat received about Rs. 40 lakh a year and the funds should be made use of properly. The functioning of the gram panchayats had to be upgraded and the decentralisation process should be strengthened, she felt.

To a question on the alleged irregularities in the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in the district, she said that an inquiry would be held into the allegations.

MLAs Ishwar Khandre and Rajshekar Patil and MLC Manohar Maski were present.

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