THE HARYANA government will give Rs 210-crore as “reward money” to the panchayats that have been elected unanimously in the recently concluded elections to Haryana Panchayati Raj Institutions. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar made this announcement Monday in Rohtak while addressing the gathering during the oath-taking ceremony of newly elected sarpanches.
Khattar announced that a reward money of Rs 50,000 would be given to every unanimously elected panch of the village, Rs 5 lakh to every unanimously elected sarpanch and Rs 11 lakh to the panchayat in case the entire panchayat is elected unanimously.
Development and Panchayats Minister O P Dhankar told The Indian Express that, “the reward money is to be used for development of the villages. At places where elections take place unanimously, it leads to unification among the villagers. A feeling of brotherhood is created. Funds worth crores are given to all villages every year for development work. The reward is a matter of honour for the villages where representatives were elected unanimously”.
Elections were held held for 416 members of 21 zila parishads, 3001 posts of 126 panchayat samitis and 62,492 posts of sarpanches and panches for 6198 gram panchayats.
Of these, 39,249 members got unanimously elected. These include 274 sarpanches, 118 panchayat samiti members, two zila parishad members and 38,555 panches.
Khattar also announced an increase in honorarium of the sarpanches, from Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 per month and for the panches, from Rs 600 to Rs 1000. The first meeting of all panchayats would be held on February 24.
The Chief Minister said the state government has made arrangements to ensure systematic functioning of newly elected panchayats. At least four meetings of the gram sabhas would be held in a year. An 11-member committee would be constituted to supervise the functioning of the panchayats so as to conduct social audit of works being done by the panchayats.