BJP Legislature Party leader K V Singhdeo on Monday slammed the BJD government in Odisha for trying to exercise its administrative control over the Panchayati raj system and making the Zilla Parishad, Panchayat Samiti and Gram Panchayat as irrelevant.
Talking to newsmen here Mr Singhdeo while the rules provide Panchayati raj system with enough power to the people to chalk out and implement plans for the development of their areas, the state government was denying the benefit to the local people.
The BJP leader said the NDA government led by Narendra Modi has been providing huge funds directly to the Panchayats for the solution of the problem at the Panchayat level but the Naveen Patnaik government was deliberately trying to keep it under its control.
Mr Singhdeo alleged that the selection of eligible beneficiaries for various government welfare schemes and allotment of contract for work is being made on party line.
The BJP leader said while there is a provision of PESA Act for the development of tribal dominated areas, the state government has constituted the expensive Special Tribal Development Council for its own political benefit Mr Singhdeo said the government has accorded cabinet status to some specific people and empowered them to interfere in the works of the elected representatives of the Panchayats to serve the interest of the ruling party.
The government, he alleged, was changing the decision taken at the Palli Sabha and Gram Sabha which have the first right in the selection of beneficiaries for various government welfare schemes.
The government, the BJP leader said, was deliberately weakening the capability and infrastructure of the Panchayatiraj system to suit its own interest.
Mr Singhdeo said in rural area pipe water has reached only two per cent of the household and the government has miserably failed to solve the drinking water problem of 75 per cent of the villages of the state.
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