Andhra Pradesh

Srikakulam ZP body has no work as Central funds flow drops to a trickle

The Zilla Parishad office in Srikakulam.

The Zilla Parishad office in Srikakulam.  

From Rs. 40 crore last year, Union government's direct allocation fell to Rs. 2 crore this year

Srikakulam Zilla Parishad has lost its sheen with no direct allocation of funds for taking up developmental activities on its own, thanks to the changed rules under the 14th Finance Commission.

Earlier, the Zilla Parishad (ZP) used to get funds directly but now they are being given to mandals.

Virtually, the staff in the Srikakulam Zilla Parishad office have little work to do owing to lack of funds.

The Zilla Parishad used to get around Rs. 40 crore per year and the amount used to be spent on various works like drinking water supply and maintenance of roads.

According to sources, the Zilla Parishad got only Rs. 2 crore this year and it would be utilised for general maintenance of the various wings of the ZP.

ZP chief seeks CM’s intervention

“As far as the local bodies are concerned, the ZP used to have more funds and powers. But in the changed scenario, it has become a mere platform to hold meetings with ZPTC members and officials periodically,” said a senior official.

Srikakulam Zilla Parishad chairperson Chowdary Dhana Lakshmi, who is reportedly unhappy with the drop in funds for the Zilla Parishad, urged Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu to bring the issue to the notice of the Union government.

The people’s representatives of Opposition parties also flayed the new rules of the government. “Public representatives are unable to show their faces to the people as they are not in a position to take up works locally. It is really unfortunate.

The real development is possible only with the strengthening of the local bodies at every level,” said Kambala Jogulu, Rajam MLA, who recently led an agitation along with YSRC ZPTC members.

Srikakulam Sarpanches’ Association president Rokkam Suryaprakasha Rao alleged that both the TDP and the NDA governments were working against the local bodies though their responsibilities were clearly mentioned in the 73rd and 74th Constitutional amendments.

“Villages and mandals can have self-reliance only when they take up need-based works. But it is missing in the new environment. Rural areas will be victims if new rules and regulations are not changed immediately,” he added.

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