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65 tribal habitations to get Gram Panchayat tag

65 tribal habitations to get Gram Panchayat tag
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With the recent decision of State government to transform tribal hamlets into Gram Panchayats, the district officials have identified 65 tribal...

Khammam: With the recent decision of State government to transform tribal hamlets into Gram Panchayats, the district officials have identified 65 tribal Thandas for upgrading them into Gram Panchayats.

As per official records, at present there are 427 Gram Panchayats in the district. After conducting surveys, the officials prepared a report to form another 65 Gram Panchayats along with submitting the details of Thandas that can be upgraded.

Arout 17 Thandas in Singareni mandal, 12 in Raghunathapalem, 8 in Enkoor, 5 each in Kamepalli and Kusumanchi mandals, 4 in Thirumalayapalem, 3 each in Konijerla, Khammam rural and Vemsoor mandals, 2 in Kallur and one each in Penupalli, Nelakondapalli and Thallada mandals have been zeroed in on for the process.

Speaking to The Hans India, District Panchayat Raj Officer Srinivas Reddy said after carrying out survey in about 21 mandals, about 65 tribal Thandas were identified in 13 mandals which have more than 500 members of population for the upgradation. He further added that the tribal habitations with less than population below 400 were not included in the upgradation list.

Meanwhile at a recent meeting, the Chief Secretary SP Singh informed the Collectors that the State government was trying to bring in a new legislation to decentralise power through new Panchayat Raj Act by transforming the tribal Thandas, which have a population of more than 500, into new Gram Panchayats.

To strengthen the gram panchayats, they would be linked with 29 officials working at village-level for proper utilisation of government funds and taxes collected from people, he informed.

Gogulothu Somla Naik, a tribal, stated that tribals living in remote areas have been suffering for the last many years due to lack of basic amenities like power, water, road connectivity and medical facilities.

He welcomed the government’s decision to transform Thandas and added that special funds released for developing Thandas by both the Centre and State now onwards would be used judicially for the betterment of tribals.

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