The Karnataka State Gram Panchayat Noukarara Sangha on Thursday asked the State Government to implement the recommendations of the Third Finance Commission in toto.

President of the sangha Maruti Manpade, who is also a member of the CPI(M) State Secretariat, told presspersons here on Thursday that the Finance Commission was a statutory body and its recommendations should not be revised by the State Government. Mr. Manpade alleged that Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa was undermining the recommendations of the commission headed by A.G. Kodgi by piecemeal sanctions to urban local bodies in the guise of the “Chief Minister's Special Grant”.

“The hike in the allocation to urban and rural local bodies should be based on the recommendations of the Finance Commission and unilateral grants to select urban local bodies will lead to disparities in development.”

Mr. Manpade said the uniform allocation of Rs. 6 lakh a year to gram panchayats was insufficient. The commission in its recommendation had proposed that gram panchayats with a population of 4,000 should be allocated Rs. 9 lakh as grants annually, those with population between 4,000 and 8,000 should get Rs. 12 lakh and others with a population of more than 8,000 should get Rs. 15 lakh.

The paltry allocation of funds to gram panchayats had resulted in the employees not getting their salaries on time, Mr. Manpade alleged. He said that the employees working in the Kurikota gram panchayat in Gulbarga taluk had not been not paid salaries for the past two years and the situation in Herur B gram panchayat was worse with employees not getting their salaries for the past four years.

The sangha would organise Statewide protests in front of all the zilla panchayat offices on February 15 raising these demands and asking for an announcement in this regard in the budget.

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