Thrissur: Local bodies should take a lead role for making the State self sufficient in food and other basic needs, Speaker K. Radhakrishnan said here on Wednesday. Addressing the fourth anniversary celebrations of district panchayat, he said that the warning of MDMK leader Vaiko that his men would block goods traffic to Kerala if the State went ahead with new dam project at Mullapperiyar should be taken seriously. “We should be prepared to face such challenges,” the Speaker said. District Panchayat president Ambadi Venu said that there should be a paradigm shift in bureaucratic attitude to make participatory development a reality. —Staff Reporter