Tribal and Girijan hamlets being upgraded into gram panchayats

Hyderabad: Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Minister Jupally Krishna Rao on Wednesday informed the Assembly that already steps had been taken to upgrade Girijan hamlets with over 500 population as gram panchayats.

Replying to questions tabled by MLAs Rathod Bapurao, Shankar Naik and Kova Lakshmi, the minister said the TRS Government has begun steps to upgrade tribal hamlets into gram panchayats as promised by the ruling party on the eve of last Assembly elections. “An exercise is going on to upgrade 1,757 Girijan thandas with over 500 population into gram panchayats. However, the new gram panchayats would not come into being till the expiry of the term of existing ward members as per Article 243. These thandas would be officially declared as gram panchayats after the expiry of the term of existing ward members on August 1, 2018,” the minister said.

He clarified that steps were being taken to provide drinking water under Mission Bhageeratha to the tribal hamlets even with 10 houses. Besides, the State Government was taking measures like laying roads in the tribal hamlets, construction of Banjara Bhavans and giving Rs 20 lakh loan to Girijan children for studying abroad.

Averring that the State Government was taking all possible measures relentlessly for improving the living standards of Girijans and Adivasis, Jupally lamented even today many villages still have no roads due to the criminal negligence of the previous governments in the united State.

Replying to a question of TDP floor leader Revanth Reddy, the minister said the State Government was taking steps to provide potable water and road connectivity to the villages after the TRS party assumed power in the State.

After the minister’s reply, MLA Rekha Naik made the members burst into laughter by saying in Lambada language that the distinction of recognizing Girijans as human beings goes to Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. –NSS

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