Four thousand village panchayats and 120 panchayat unions would have service centres this year under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), Municipal Administration and Rural Development Minister K.P. Munusamy told the Assembly on Tuesday.
A total sum of Rs. 430 crore would be earmarked. Eventually, there would be service centres in all 12,524 village panchayats and 385 panchayat unions. The proposed centres, which would spread awareness on the MGNREGS, would also function as executing agencies at the levels of village panchayats and panchayat unions for the Total Sanitation Scheme [now renamed as Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan] and Tamil Nadu State Rural Livelihoods Mission (TNSRLM), the Minister said, wrapping up the debate on the demands for grants of his departments.
As part of the government’s drive to make the State free of open defecation by 2015, awareness activities would be carried out on a massive scale.
On the direction of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, 35 village panchayats and four panchayat unions in the district of The Nilgiris would be restructured as 95 village panchayats and six panchayat unions. The Minister also announced the creation of four panchayat unions – Sikkal in Ramanathapuram district; Srimushnam in Cuddalore and Anjetti and Pochampalli in Krishnagiri.