Gram panchayats’ term ends

Gram panchayats’ term ends
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Notwithstanding the fact that tracking the progress of gram panchayats GPs on sustainable development goals is not all that easy, The Hans India tried to find out some of the villages that drew nationwide

Warangal: Notwithstanding the fact that tracking the progress of gram panchayats (GPs) on sustainable development goals is not all that easy, The Hans India tried to find out some of the villages that drew nationwide.

It may be mentioned here that the term of local bodies is to end on Wednesday (August 1) and the villages are set to come under the regime of Special Officers until the elections to GPs are held.

While villages like Gangadevipally, Elkurthy, Md Ghousepally, Shambhunipally, Gudadpally etc in the erstwhile district of Warangal have hit the headlines for witnessing exceptional development, there were some GPs that were in the news also but for wrong reasons.

Basking in the glory of global recognition, Gangadevipally village, which has many firsts such as 100 per cent literacy, Open Defecation Free (ODF), internal roads etc to its credit, needs no introduction.

Shambunipally under Kamalapuram mandal in Warangal Urban District, which achieved 100 per cent ODF, besides taking up water harvesting pits, has received Unnat Bharat Abhiyan in 2017.

Sarpanch Arvapally Samrajya Goud, who made it possible, said that it wasn’t possible without the support of the villagers. Md Ghousepally in Jayashankar-Bhupalpally district has received the Best GP Award-2018 for ensuring 100 per cent ODF, streetlights, drinking water, CC roads etc.

Speaking to The Hans India, Sarpanch Palepu Sarala said: “What we have achieved is just 60 per cent, this despite fund crunch. All that we got in last five years was Rs 1 crore.”

The endeavour of Elkurthy Haveli Sarpanch Bheemagani Soujanya to discourage the villagers from open defecation and get them habituated to using the Individual Sanitary Latrines (ISL) was something awe-inspiring.

Accompanied by drummers, she used to go around the wild places in the village to discourage the people attending nature’s call in open places. It took one year for her to make all the villagers go for ISLs.

Soujanya, who received national-level recognition twice, said: “It would be a different story if I can get a chance to work for one more year as sarpanch. There are several ongoing developmental works that need local body’s attention.

All that my village had received funds to the tune of Rs 2 crore, of which Rs 1.40 crore were provided by our MLA Challa Dharma Reddy. I also have to thank the donors, who extended their support in several developmental works. To me, my success percentage is 75.”

Surprisingly, she is going to lay foundation stones for the construction of GP building and Rythu Bazar on Wednesday (August 1), her last day in the office as sarpanch. On the flipside of the coin, there are several GPs that were mired in irregularities.

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