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Training for panchayat chiefs

MEETING: The Minister for Animal Husbandry, P.Geeta Jeevan, addressing a training programme in Tuticorin on Wednesday. Photo: N. Rajesh.

MEETING: The Minister for Animal Husbandry, P.Geeta Jeevan, addressing a training programme in Tuticorin on Wednesday. Photo: N. Rajesh.  

Staff Reporter

Administrative powers vested with them explained

Tuticorin: The Minister for Animal Husbandry, P. Geeta Jeevan, inaugurated a multi-phased training for the newly elected village panchayat presidents in their roles and responsibilities, at a function held here on Wednesday.

In all, 117 presidents of village panchayts located under Tuticorin, Karungulam and Ottapidaram blocks participated in the first phase held at the Panchayat Union Office at Pudukottai.

Resources persons from the Regional Institute of Rural Development explained the functions of a village panchayat administration, which included construction and repair of village roads, maintenance of libraries and reading rooms, implementation of government-sponsored schemes such as Indira Awaz Yojana and Sampoorna Grameen Rozgar Yojana.

The presidents were explained the administrative powers vested with them. They were instructed to sign all the cheques jointly with the respective vice-presidents.

"If the relationship between the two is not cordial, the Collector, in his capacity as Inspector of Panchayats, will designate any other ward member of the respective panchayat as joint cheque signing authority along with the president," resource persons said.

The `trainees' were given inputs on the methods to conduct gram sabha meeting and audit accounts.

They were reminded that the village panchayats need not have seek external approvals to carry out development works from their general fund up to Rs one lakh.

However, the administrations had to seek sanction from the Collector to execute government-sponsored schemes.

The panchayat presidents were asked to be proactive in the collection of tax and non-tax revenues, entertainment tax and local cess, which were the main financial resources for any village panchayat.

Charles Walker Devados, Assistant Director (Panchayats), said similar training for the remaining village panchayat presidents would be held in three phases at Tiruchendur, Kovilpatti and Vilathikulam. The Collector, R. Palaniyandi, was present.

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