Special grants for GPs where members are chosen unopposed

New premises: Minister Jagadish Shettar inaugurating the new building of Aalmel Gram Panchayat in Bijapur on Monday.

New premises: Minister Jagadish Shettar inaugurating the new building of Aalmel Gram Panchayat in Bijapur on Monday.  

Staff Correspondent

Jagadish Shettar inaugurates new building of Aalmel Gram Panchayat

Aalmel GP members commended for improving village infrastructure

Bijapur district given Rs. 100 crore under MGREGA, says Minister

Bijapur: Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister Jagadish Shettar has said that special grants will be sanctioned to gram panchayats in which members are elected unopposed in the coming elections.

Speaking after inaugurating the Aalmel Gram Panchayat building in Sindagi taluk of Bijapur district here on Monday, he said the motive behind sanctioning of special funds was to avoid unfair practices or violence during the election process.

Development works were lagging behind in most gram panchayats owing to the lack of active participation of officials and elected representatives. “I will personally attend gram sabhas in remote villages and initiate action against officers and members who fail to attend meetings and take part in the development process,” he said.

With the aim of providing gram panchayats their own buildings, the State Government has decided to give Rs. 16.5 lakh to every such panchayat. By properly utilising these funds, the panchayats can have their own buildings in a span of one year, the Minister said.

Commending the efforts of the Aalmel Gram Panchayat members in improving basic infrastructure in the village, Mr. Shettar promised that sincere efforts would be made to release more funds for improvement of drinking water supply, drainage and electricity facilities.

“Though Aalmel meets all the criteria for inclusion in the Suvarna Gram Yojana, the village was dropped as it had a population in excess of what has been prescribed the Government,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Ramesh Jigajinagi, MP, promised that efforts would be made to make Aalmel a town panchayat and funds would be released to it for development projects.

Criminal cases

Addressing presspersons before inaugurating the new building, Mr. Shettar said criminal cases would be filed against officers involved in the misappropriation of funds released for schemes under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGREGA).

“So far, the Centre has released Rs. 2,800 crore to the State under the MGREGA, of which Rs. 1,692 crore has been utilised. The remaining will be used by the end of this financial year. Under this scheme, Bijapur district has been given Rs. 100 crore,” he said.

Sindagi MLA Ramesh Bhusnur, zilla panchayat Chief Executive Officer K.H. Kaknur and zilla panchayat executive engineer N.L. Shetty were present on the occasion.

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