`Development works have come to a halt owing to lack of funds'
`Taluk panchayat presidents are unable to fulfil demands of people' `Taluk panchayats are meant only to grant approvals for proposals submitted by gram panchayats'
RAICHUR: Taluk panchayat presidents in Raichur district have decided to take a delegation to Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy next week urging him to take steps to allocate separate grants for taluk panchayat presidents to implement development programmes in their respective constituencies.
Addressing a press conference here on Monday, Diddigi Rameshappa, president of the Sindhanur Taluk Panchayat, said most development works suggested by presidents and vice-presidents of taluk panchayats in the district had come to a grinding halt owing to lack of funds. In the existing panchayati raj system, no separate grants were being made available for presidents of taluk panchayats to take up development works as they promised during the elections. Taluk panchayats were meant only to grant approvals for proposals submitted by gram panchayats and distribution of funds received by various departments, he said.
He said presidents, vice-presidents and members of all five taluks panchayats in the district had their own responsibilities with respect to the development of their respective constituencies. However, they were unable to fulfil the demands of people in the absence of separate grants. Funds were being directly released to gram panchayats for development works apart from separate grants to members of zilla panchayats, he said. This had hampered the functioning of presidents and vice-presidents of taluk panchayats who were forced to keep away from their constituencies, he added.
Mr. Rameshappa said presidents of all taluks panchayats in the district had recently forwarded a letter to the Chief Minister urging him to look into the problems faced by taluk panchayats and initiate action for providing separate grants .
The presidents, including Chandra Kalasa (Manvi) and H.B. Murari (Lingsugur), and several vice-presidents and members of taluk panchayats were present.