Panchayats can borrow money to feed the poor: Amritsar DDPO: The Tribune India

Charanjit Singh Teja

Tribune press service

Amritsar, April 4

Although the state government’s Department of Rural Development and Panchayats issued a notification asking village panchayats to withdraw funds to feed the needy, sarpanches in most villages said they did not money in their panchayat accounts.

Gurpreet Singh Gill, DDPO Amritsar

I have instructed all the block agents to pass on the sarpanches that they can pass a resolution to borrow money from any individual in the village. The gram panchayat will return the money by renting the land or selling trees or some other source of income.

The sarpanches in the villages are in difficulty because most of the panchayats have already spent funds on village development projects. Panchayats have government grants, but they are not allowed to use those grants for this purpose.

The villagers suspect the integrity of the sarpanches after hearing the news that the government has allowed sarpanches and panchayats to spend 5,000 rupees per day and up to a maximum of 50,000 rupees.

They demanded that the panchayats be allowed to use the amount of government grants.

The sarpanch from Vadala Daljit Singh village, Gurbax Singh from Jalal Usman village and Tarsem Singh Laddu from Fatehpur Rajputan village told the same story.

Gurpreet Singh Gill, District Development and Panchayat Officer (DDPO), said: “The state government has ordered the sarpanches to spend 5,000 rupees per day from the village panchayat fund to make arrangements for feed the poor. Most villages have sufficient amount in their panchayat funds. I have instructed all the block agents to pass on the sarpanches that they can pass a resolution to borrow money from any individual in the village. The gram panchayat will return the money by renting the land or selling trees or some other source of income.

The DDPO called on the Sarpanches to pass the resolution to borrow the money and keep the correct record with the signatures of the person who provided them with the interest-free money.


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