Address issues immediately, says Muneer
The grama panchayats in the district failed to utilise a major chunk of the drought relief fund sanctioned by the State government in the last financial year.
Many projects approved by the government had not been implemented. Issues should be identified and addressed immediately to avoid further fund lapse, Minister for Panchayats M.K. Muneer said at a meeting attended by legislators and elected representatives of local bodies here on Sunday.
Poor fund use had been noticed in 57 panchayats. Of the Rs.65 lakh sanctioned, only Rs.14 lakh had altogether been spent by these panchayats altogether, as per figures presented at the meeting.
District Collector K.V. Mohan Kumar said the panchayats had been given ample time to implement projects aimed at reducing the impact of drought.
“Even the date had been extended for their convenience but nothing productive happened,” he said.
Certain panchayats were concentrating on supplying drinking water alone rather than finding solutions to the problem, he said.
Presenting a list of demands, E.K. Vijayan, Nadapuram MLA, said panchayats should construct small bunds for conservation of water. “Also, there should be a mechanism to report crop loss in the district during droughts so that farmers get adequate compensation from the Union government,” he said.
Mayor A.K. Premajam said certain officials of the Kerala Water Authority were not seriously about timely maintenance of the supply network. There were several locations in the city where people had to wait for four or five days to get drinking water, she said.
The government should sanction a special fund for the maintenance of small water supply projects in the district. There were around 18 such projects in the city, she said.
P.T.A. Rahim, MLA; Additional District Magistrate K.P. Ramadevi; and other officials took part in the meeting.
Many projects not implemented 57 panchayats laggards, uses just Rs.14 lakh
57 panchayats laggards, uses
just Rs.14 lakh