Those participating in grama sabha meetings should focus on healthy debates on development works in the village panchayat, said C. N. Maheshwaran, District Collector, here on Tuesday.
Grama sabha meetings were held in all the 333 grama panchayats in the district.
Monitoring the proceedings of grama sabha meeting at Royakottai Panchayat in Kelamangalam Panchayat Union, Mr. Maheshwaran said that grama sabha meetings in Kerala were very effective, the proceedings of the meetings were held akin to that of Assemblies, resolutions were passed regarding development schemes after a detailed debate, he said.
The Collector said panchayats should pass resolutions to plant saplings at public places and ensure that they were maintained properly.
On account of Chief Minister's birth anniversary, the district administration had launched a drive to plant 2 lakh saplings to improve the green cover in the district. So far 50,000 saplings were planted.
Panchayat presidents who plant more saplings and maintained them properly would be honoured, Mr. Maheshwaran said.
Periyasamy, Assistant Director, Panchayats; Menaka, Training Sub Collector; M. Ravi, tahsildhar, Denkanikottai; participated.
In Dharmapuri district, grama sabha meetings were held in all the 251 village panchayats. The meetings ratified the development works undertaken during the last financial year and took decisions on the development works to be taken during the current fiscal.
R. Lilly, District Collector, monitored the meeting held at K. Naduhalli village panchayat.
Ms. Lilly said that Rs. 50 lakhs were spent for five development works in the panchayat during the last financial year. She asked the people to construct private toilets using government subsidy of Rs. 4,700 and ensure clean and hygienic environment.
Subramani, Revenue Divisional Officer; Madhumathi, Special Deputy Collector, Special Schemes; and other officials participated.