Central panel takes note of Sanoor success

Central panel takes note of Sanoor success

A view of the water tank constructed under Swajaladhara scheme in Sanoor. The tank has the capacity to store 50,000 litres water.

Now it is getting noticed by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Rural Development, which will be visiting the Sanoor Gram Panchayat in Karkala taluk on June 30 to make a study on the implementation of Central government sponsored programmes in the GP and the good practices followed by the GP. The gram panchayat serves as an excellent role model for other local bodies to emulate.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Sanoor Gram Panchayat President Narasimha Kamath said the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Rural Development will be visiting Udupi, Trissur, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram from June 29 and July 4. The team will be led by Chairperson Sumitra Mahajan and will have 21 Lok Sabha members and nine Rajya Sabha members. Some of the prominent leaders who will be visiting Sanoor are H D Kumaraswamy, Navjyoth Singh Siddhu, Mani Shanker Aiyar, Sukhdev Singh and so on.

They will make a study on the implementation of Central government sponsored programmes in the Sanoor Gram Panchayat limits. The team will interact with the Gram Panchayat members.

He said “the delegation will study watershed programmes and implementation of Western Ghats development scheme.”

From 2006 till date, a sum of Rs 27 lakh has been utilised under watershed programme in the gram panchayat. The Swajaladhara programmes have been implemented effectively in the gram panchayat. Under Indira Awaz yojane, as many as 17 houses have been constructed in the Gram Panchayat limits, Kamath informed.

The team will evaluate the best practices followed in local governance. Another unique feature of this Gram Panchayat is that all the members wear uniform and identity cards irrespective of their party differences. Here, party rivalry has been fenced by the walls of discipline, he added.

He says “the Gram Panchayat has been using technology at every level to reach out the people at the grassroot level. In fact, SMS alert is being sent to the villagers on tax collection. Sanoor is one of the gram panchayats in the State wherein all the water taps are meterised. Even those institutions which get free water from Gram Panchayat are also meterised.”

The study conducted by these team will be reflected in the future policy of the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, Kamath added.

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