Gram Sabhas to chalk out village development plans in Jharkhand

sdas-fig-1In a move towards delegating responsibility of planning village development programmes at the state-level to the gram sabha, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das will inaugurate a fortnight-long exercise to hold gram sabha meeting from Littipara block of Pakur district.

Addressing the media, Rural development Minister Neelkanth Singh Munda said from October 19 to October 31 gram sabha meetings will be organised throughout the state in which villagers would draw long-term plans for their villages.

“We have got an opportunity to develop our villages and place them on the tourism map of India. Villages of Jharkhand have tourist spots and our government is all set to develop them,” he said.

Under directions of the Niti Aayog, the state government has initiated empowerment of gram sabhas to encourage them draw their own plans.

He said during the two-day gram sabha meeting, villagers will discuss a 15-year plan, finalize seven year implementation strategy and three-year workable programme.

“We have 32,000 revenue villages and each of them will be given an opportunity to decide for their own development especially over the issues for which panchayati raj department has delegated power to the local bodies.”

The villagers will take decisions related to agriculture, land development, minor irrigation, animal husbandry, health and nutrition, education and skill development, forests and environment ,energy and non-conventional energy source, food security, social security pension, housing and infrastructure, women and child welfare and other social issues during the sabha.

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