Jharkhand Rural Development Minister Nilkanth Singh Munda recently said that a three-tier plan to develop villages would be laid out at the two-day gram sabha meeting at 32,000 revenue villages, starting from October 19. He also said that, Jharkhand is all set to realise this feat with villager's active participation.
Munda told a press conference here that as against the prevalent notion that 79 per cent of the population lived in villages in Jharkhand, 95 per cent actually do as blocks were also situated in villages. Many of them are situated on hilltops and near rivulets and they are very picturesque having the potential to draw tourists.
Chief Minister Raghubar Das would inagurate the two-day gram sabha meeting at Littipara in Pakur district on October 19. Munda, who also holds Panchayat Raj, Rural Works, NREP (Special Division) department, said,
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We have got an opportunity to realize the dreams of our ancestors and we will empower and develop our villages and place them in the tourism map of India. Villages of Jharkhand have much tourism-worthy spots and government of Jharkhand is all set to develop them.
According to the proposed schemes of 'Neeti Ayog', the state government has initiated empowerment and development schemes for villages, Munda said as quoted in an official release. The state-wide 'gram sabhas' would be organised from October 19 to 31 and during this period villagers will participate and plan long-term development schemes, the minister said.
Munda added that the villagers would discuss and plan for agriculture, land development, minor irrigation, animal husbandry, Health and Nutrition, education & skill development, Forests and Environment, Energy & non-conventional energy source, food security, Social Security pension, housing and infrastructure, Women and Child Welfare and other social Issues during the two-day deliberations.
During the Gram Sabhas previous plans and their current status would also be discussed to achieve the goal of sustainable development. Munda said after collecting priority list of gram sabhas, the state would plan development schemes for Panchayats by November 3. .
The rural development minister further said that the state was trying to educate the villagers against social prejudices, superstitions and other ills and added that to strengthen the Panchayati Raj system, all MPs, MLAs, public representatives, administrative officers and other social organizations should actively participate in gram sabhas. While replying to questions Munda informed that Rural Development department has initiated digging of five Lakh farm ponds with the digging work of 1.25 lakh Farm ponds already been completed.
Mukhmit Singh Bhatia, Principal Secretary, Rural Development department,Vandana Dadel , Secretary, Panchayti Raj Department, Arun Kumar, Secretary, Rural Development, SiddharthTripathy, Commissioner MNREGA, Director Panchayati Raj Sivendra Singh & Director IPRD Awadhesh Kumar Pandey were present during the press meet.