The Village Panchayat was the largest institution of development at the village level and Sarpanches were required to execute the development works in a fair, impartial and transparent manner while obtaining cooperation of all sections of society, Swati Sanwatsar, Chief Programme Manager of Lupin told to a gathering of Sarpanches.
At a training programme for Sarpanches of Kumher Panchayat Samiti, she provided information about the rights and duties of Sarpanches in detail on the occasion.
Sanwatsar said that the development works should be formulated and executed in such as manner that all sections of society residing in the Village Panchayat area get the maximum benefit. She called upon the participants to convene a Gram Sabha once in a year, in which the people belonging to all sections, castes and religions participate and formulate a micro-plan with the vision to make optimum utilization of the resources available in the region.
“Such a micro-plan should necessarily include the social development works in addition to the construction works. Works such as maintenance of cleanliness in the village, release of polluted and dirty water, etc., should be accorded priority in the plan,” she added.
While various works should be taken up on priority, certain works could be dovetailed with other plans of the State Government, Sanwatsar suggested, while laying emphasis on maintaining transparency in development works. She said the right every villager should get the right to inspect the works and their suggestions should be accepted and implemented to bring about improvement in the situation.
The Panchayat Secretaries attending the training programme also provided information about the works under MGNREGA, preparation of their proposals and preparation of Utilization Certificates (UC) after their completion. Other areas touched on the occasion were education, health, agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry, employment, pension and land allotment.
Women and Child Development Officer of the district Mahendra Awasthi apprised the participants of the role and powers of Sarpanches in managing the affairs of Anganwadi Centres. All the Sarpanches prepared the micro-plans of their respective Panchayats on an experimental basis in the training programme and exhibited the works to be taken up on priority during the year.