Model GP starts novel scheme of digging wells

The Gram Panchayat has started a novel concept of digging individual wells under MGNREGS. Accordingly, as many as 113 wells have been dug under the scheme in the last three years. In 2009-10, as many as 20 wells were dug and in 2010-11, 80 wells were dug and in 2011-12, 13 have been dug till date.  Speaking to Deccan Herald, Gram Panchayat President Sathish said that the panchayat had taken up programmes to create awareness among the people about the works that could be initiated under the Act. “In fact, we told some of the villagers that we would not repair roads if they did not take up the work under the Act. Then, they themselves came forward to construct katcha roads,” he said.

“We identified those households which do not have wells for water and decided to undertake the work on individual wells. Of the 113 individuals’ wells, as many as 21 wells were dug for the SC/ST families. The protection wall around the wells will be laid in the next phase of work. There are 673 families in the Gram Panchayat limits. Of which, job cards under MGNREGS have been issued to 435 households. This include 88 households belonging to SCs and 21 households belonging to STs.”


In fact, four teams with 10 job card holders in each team have been constituted to take up the work on digging wells. The team leaders are Kanthappa Poojary of Kallott, Rajesh of Kedige, Thomas Pinto of Kashipatna and Sudhakar Devadiga of Nidde. The team members take up the work on digging the well as and when the work calls for. The team members also create awareness on MGNREGS and the kind of work to be undertaken under the scheme among the villagers and also motivate the people to get registered under the scheme for employment.

Sathish said “the gram panchayat has received 25 applications from the  villagers to dig individual wells under MGNREGS. A special grama sabha will be held on August 26 to discuss on the applications as few applicants are not eligible under MGNREGS.”

“With the digging of the wells, the Gram Panchayat could cut down its expenditure on supplying water to the households. Moreover, with the road work under Gram Sadak yojana, several pipelines had damaged and the supply of water was irregular. Now with the digging of wells, many households do not depend on supply of water from the gram panchayat,” The individual wells have been dug at Perandadka, Duggottu, Padyodi, Kunjadi, Barinja, Nelligudde, Kedige and Kerodi.  In fact, a public well has been dug on the government land in the Gram Panchayat limits, he said.  Ombudsman Sheena Shetty said that the implementation of MGNREGS in Kashipattana Gram Panchayat is a model for other gram panchayats to emulate in the district.

Display boards

As per the rules, the Gram Panchayats should have information boards with information on MGNREGS. “Accordingly, we are planning to create a circle to install the display board giving out details on MGNREGS at Nelligudde Moorumarga. The work will commence soon,” said the president.  Under MGNREGS, Rajiv Gandhi Seva Kendra is being constructed at the Gram Panchayat premises at the cost of Rs 13 lakh. The work worth Rs 7 lakh has been completed, he added.

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