‘Tax Revenue to be Used in Same Village’

The tax revenue generated by a village would be fully utilised for the implementation of various developmental works in the same village and measures would be taken to see that revenue income is not diverted to other areas, said Panchayat Raj and IT minister K T Rama Rao here Monday.

Participating in the Grama Jyothi programme held at Aziznagar in Moinabad mandal of Rangareddy district, Rama Rao said the taxes that are collected from the villages would be utilised for creation of assets like function halls, shopping complex, anganwadi centre, dhobi ghats, health centres, laying of roads and sanitation etc in those village. Villages will get a financial support from the state government, depending on the size of the village, he said.

The Telangana government launched ‘Grama Jyoti’ programme to ensure all-round development of villages in the state. The government will spend huge amount during the next four years for this programme. Villagers, not the MLAs and MPs, have to prioritise the works as they are more acquainted with local issues than the MLAs or MPs, Rama Rao added.

The Grama Jyoti programme would fulfil the obligation of the Indian Constitution which mandates all round development of the villages. Government will not achieve the goal unless the local people and public representatives from urban local bodies join hand and work with coordination.

Rama Rao said many MPTC, MPP and ZPTC members are blaming the state government for ignoring them in the implementation of Grama Jyothi programme. They are part of this programme and their valuable suggestions would be considered, the minister said.

The local works, which are identified by the villagers, would be presented before the public representatives for their suggestion.

Villagers particularly women requested the minister to allot house sites, dhobi ghats, water treatment plant, anganwadi centres, dumping yard etc for the village. Rama Rao assured that the problems raised by the villagers would be addressed at the earliest.

Source: The New Indian Express

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