KARNATAKA

Rare honour for president of Belur panchayat

DHARWAD, AUG. 14. Karevva Madar, president of the Belur Gram Panchayat in Dharwad taluk, is one the dignitaries invited to the banquet being hosted by the President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, as part of the Independence Day celebrations in New Delhi.

Ms. Madar (26) is from a Scheduled Caste.

She hails from Neeralakere village in the taluk and works as an agricultural labourer.

She shared the dais with the All India Congress Committee President, Sonia Gandhi, who attended the State-level panchayat raj convention at Belur in January.

The previous Congress Government came out with a Belur declaration on the occasion, affirming the party's commitment to empower panchayat raj institutions.

Initially, she faced hurdles in discharging her duties as the President of the gram panchayat.

For some time, the panchayat office remained locked and meetings could not be held.

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