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Khattar hails gram panchayats' vital role in social reforms

Khattar hails gram panchayats' vital role in social reforms

Chandigarh , Aug 17 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has hailed the gram panchayats for playing a vital role in social reforms and community building process and said efforts are being made by the present state government to ensure development of villages at par with urban areas so that the state could make its distinct identity in the country and world.

Mr Khattar was addressing the Sarpanches of gram panchayats who have achieved 6-Star and 5-Star ratings under the 7-Star Rainbow Scheme here Saturday. Development and Panchayats Minister, Mr O P Dhankar was also present on this occasion. While 20 gram panchayats have achieved 6-star rating, 58 villages achieved 5-star rating.

The Chief Minister congratulated the panchayats and said it was a matter of pride that this year about 4,000 gram panchayats have achieved 1 to 6 stars rating whereas only 1100 panchayats had achieved this rating last year.

He said to enhance the level of competition among the panchayats and to enable them to achieve highest rating, it has been decided that from next year, those gram panchayats would either achieve the target of sex ratio of 1000 female per 1000 male once in five years or average sex ratio of five years is above 950, would be given full marks in this category. Stars are given to the panchayats on the basis of seven different yardsticks and sex ratio is one of them.

He said earlier, the name of Haryana was prominently highlighted for killing daughters in the womb. Sensing the gravity of the situation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the nation-wide Beti-Bachao Beti Padhao programme from Panipat on January 22, 2015. He said the State Government with the support of panchayats and Non Government Organizations took it as a challenge and besides generating awareness among the masses also took stringent actions including registration of FIRs against those violating the provisions of Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, 1994.

The Chief Minister said besides the infrastructural development, the state government has brought about a positive change in the system to make the life of people easier. E-governance has been implemented to inject much needed transparency in the system. Apart from this, government jobs are being given on merit basis, he said, adding that to eliminate corruption and discretion, interview process has been scrapped in government jobs of Class III and IV employees.

He said in order to give a strong leadership to society which can raise voice of the people at the grass root level, the State Government has introduced the concept of educated panchayats in the State. He said though it was a tough challenge for the State government to implement the concept but later not only the Supreme Court put its stamp on the State’s initiative but also suggested other States to follow the same, he added.


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