District panchayat to rope in experts from various fields
An annual social-auditing of projects undertaken by the Ernakulam district panchayat would be made mandatory from this year, its newly sworn-in president Eldhose Kunnapilly said.
Experts who enjoy credibility in various fields would be roped in to assess the quality and progress of different ventures. These apart, a complaint box would be set up at the district panchayat office, he said, while addressing a meet-the-press programme at the Ernakulam Press Club on Thursday.
Funds worth Rs.3 crore lapsed during the tenure of the immediate past office bearers and steps would be taken to ensure that all the funds earmarked are well spent.
Answering a question on projects suffering delays and subsequent cost over runs, he said that he has sought a list of pending and new projects, and meetings would be held each month to review their progress. A major drive to clamp down on corruption is on and the cooperation of all officials has been sought.
“We plan to formulate some innovative schemes with a long-term view. Roads would be improved and water/ power supply augmented and streamlined, especially in the city suburbs and rural areas. Picturesque areas in rural areas which have tourism potential would be developed as tourist hubs. Another venture in the pipeline is to bring out an encyclopedia on the socio-cultural history of different places in the district. Prominent water bodies like the Periyar and the Muvattupuzha river too would find a place in this,” Mr Kunnapally said.
Agriculture would be another thrust area and paddy cultivation would be encouraged. Steps would also be taken to ensure that farmers get a fair price for their produce. Young farmers' clubs would be started so that youth are attracted to farming.
The infrastructure in government-run schools would be bettered and stress laid on cleanliness. The district panchayat would also organise programmes aimed at engaging the youth and weaning them away from the influence of liquor and narcotic drugs. Projects would be framed for the welfare of aged people, those living alone, women and kids.
The new Vice-President Bindu George promised that the new team in the district panchayat would ensure transparent and corruption-free governance.