E. Krishnaram

The D-day was January 3, 2014,  there was a meeting held by village secretary at the  Gram Sabah. The Sarpanch, Members and Gram Sevak represent the voice and opinion of the village people from Panchayat to the Taluka and Zilla levels by attending the meetings or sending  official records.

It was first time a Grama Sabah meeting was held in my Panchayat.  This was an amazing experience for me to participate in that meeting.  It widely discussed the problems of the village,  all plan outlays for the work of the Gram panchayat were placed before the people, to  prevent the Panchayats from  embezzling money or favoring certain people.

Various issues related to the construction and maintenance of water, drainage system , library, school buildings, sanitation, Anganvadi were actively discussed and people questioned the authorities for their failure to implement schemes like MGNREGA, Bangarutally programmes, etc.

A woman named Lakshmi asked authorities why she was not getting minimum daily wage of Rs 100, even though working hard.  Officials replied that, as per government rule the minimum wages should be 100 rupees unless people meet the required conditions, and promised that  they would look into the matter seriously.

I enquired on the failure of the “Adarsh Rythu”(model farmer) in my village, who was neither available to the former nor give any suggestions to them. The   state had   implemented the programme for empowering the formers to maximize their  yield. The authorities promised to people to take action  against him.