Hyderabad : Objective of the Gram Jyothi is to bring back the past glory in rural areas through revolutionising the existing Panchayat Raj system, declared the Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao while addressing officials at a review meeting held in Professor Jayashankar Agriculture University in Rajendranagar on Tuesday. Need of the hour is to achieve 100 per cent literacy in rural areas for which rural educated youth must involve. He wanted villagers to involve in the development of their own village. He made several suggestion to the officials in this connection including allowing the usage of ST Sub-plan funds for development of Tribal hamlets and Tandas. Similarly, usage of SC Sub-plan funds for development of dalit colonies and empowering gram panchayats to decide on the enhancement of salaries of its sanitation workers etc. He said his government is allowing Gram Panchayats to spend 50 of its total revenue towards salaries of its employees. ‘They are free to decide the salary structure basing on this’, he declared.
He called up on all MPs and MLAs to adopt one village each in one mandal in their respective constituencies and asked officials to prepare Gram Jyothi schedule for them.
Former Sarpanch of Gangadevpalli in Karimnagar district Kunam Rajamouli who is also president of village development committee was felicitated by CM on the occasion for his commandable contribution in making Gangadevpalli as an ‘Ideal Village’. The cabinet ministers and others who attended the meet include Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, IT Minister K. Taraka Rama Rao, Irrigation Minister Harish Rao, Planning Board Vice chairman Niranjan Reddy, Finance Minister Etela Rajendar, School Education Minister Kadiam Srihari, R&B Minister Thummala Nageswar Rao, Forest Minister Jogu Ramanna, Chief Secretary Dr. Rajiv Sarma.