KRISHNAGIRI: Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi once said: “Independence must begin from the bottom, and it follows, therefore, that every village has to be self-sustained and capable of managing its affairs.”
His dream became a reality on April 23, 1993 when the Panchayati Raj was accorded constitutional status through the 73rd Amendment.
Now mandatory gram sabha meeting are held four times a year – January 26, May 1, August 15 and October 2.
In Krishnagiri, the Collector In charge S. Nagarajan, conducted the gram sabha meeting at the Malamalai Colony. He heard the public patiently for more than an hour and took steps to redress them.
A good number of women participated and expressed their views about various problems they are facing.
Some of the women complained that they were getting ration rice only after 15th of every month.
Ration rice and other commodities were supplied underweight at the fair price shop.
Immediately, Mr. Nagarajan, spoke to the District Supply Officer and asked him to verify the complaint and take appropriate steps.
Mr. Nagarajan instructed the Block Development Officer to take note of the suggestions raised by the people and plan development schemes accordingly.
Many women complained that they did not get the free CTV but some families were supplied four CTVs. He promised to take remedial measures. Later, he visited some of the streets in the village and ordered replacement of the badly damaged electricity posts immediately.
He instructed the village panchayat president Govindan to train two local people in plumbing so that damages to drinking water pipelines could be repaired immediately.
Mr. Nagarajan inspected the rain water supply channel leading to the Errandapalli Lake digged at a cost of Rs. 3.5 lakhs under the National Rural Guarantee Employment Scheme. The lake spread over 20 acres is irrigating 200 acres.