It is the only panchayat in Belgaum division to win the award

Residents of the drought-hit Gummagol village in Navalgund taluk have some reason to cheer about.

The Gummagol Gram Panchayat, comprising villages such as Gummagol and Byalal, has won the Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Puraskar of the Union Ministry of Panchayat Raj.


Gram Panchayat president Basavaraj Ireshnavar received the award, which includes a purse of Rs. 13 lakh, at a function in New Delhi on Tuesday.

It is the only gram panchayat in the Belgaum division to win this award.

The award is in recognition of ensuring 100 per cent tax collection, providing toilets to 95 per cent households, maintenance of public toilets, a model waste collection system and utilisation of solar power for streetlights.

Model panchayat

Located 32 km away from Dharwad, Gummagol has emerged as a model gram panchayat in all respects.

Mr. Ireshnavar said the combined efforts of elected representatives, officials and village residents had made it possible.

As many as 493 houses in Gummagol and 297 houses in Byalal had toilets, Mr. Ireshnavar said .

The gram panchayat had set a 100 per cent target in the coming days, Mr. Ireshnavar said.


The garbage collection system and the awareness among residents on sanitation is a model even for city residents.

Indiscriminate disposal of waste, a common scene in Hubli-Dharwad, is a rarity here.

People dump the waste in garbage containers set up at specific locations.

The gram panchayat had won the Rajat Nairmalya award in 2007-08.

  • Gummagol village in Navalgund taluk is

    facing drought

  • Award is in recognition of ensuring 100 p.c. tax collection, providing toilets among other things