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BHOPAL: Chief Minister Kamal Nath targeted more than 23,000 panchayat officials – that play crucial role in delivering government schemes on Tuesday.

He kept first half of his day reserved to meet all officials of Panchayat department starting from top official- CEOs to the lowest employee- panchayat sachivs.

Top officials of the department zila and janpad panchayat chief executive officers (CEOs) were briefed about government priorities and expectations while the lowest in the rung- panchayat sachivs were assured that their demands will be fulfilled and that they should focus on delivery of government schemes.

Nath addressed the CEOs of zila and janpad panchayats at RCVP academy of administration and asked them to come up with innovative ideas that could usher change in rural areas as economy of the country is linked with villages.

Do not act as participants in the government but work as associates, he said. Nath said that the implementation systems of government’s schemes and programmes will be reviewed and surveyed.

Addressing panchayat sachivs, CM Kamal Nath ordered to take back the order immediately in which ex-gratia given to kin of the dead was deducted after a member getting job on compassionate ground.

Nath also assured them that they need to focus on delivery of government schemes only and that their demands will be taken care of by the government. “You will not require a protest to get your demands fulfilled, government will abide by its promise made in Vachan Patra,” said Nath.

‘Voluntary fund increased to strengthen panchayats’

The Minister for Panchayat and Rural Development Kamleshwar Patel said that the important responsibility of comprehensive development of 70 per cent population of the state lies with the CEOs of the zila and janpad panchayats. Patel mentioned that the state government is working for strengthening of three tier panchayat system. In this series, at the initiative of the chief minister the order for increase in voluntary fund of panchayat’s office bearers has already been issued.

‘Loan waiver temporary solution’

“Loan waiver is not a permanent solution, it is a relief. We have to think how to utilize the excess production of the farmers because with this alone we can double their income and can enhance the purchasing power,” said Nath.

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