Mysore/Mysore: Seeking to respond to various requests, hundreds of Members of the Gram Panchayat (GP) from across the state under the banner of Mysuru and Chamarajanagar District Unity of Karnataka State GP Members Federation, held a massive convention at the Dasara Exhibition Grounds this morning.
Demands include increased fees paid to GP presidents, vice presidents and members, issuance of a free bus pass, insurance coverage and pension benefits, treatment of the GP as a local self-government as provided for in the Constitution, an increase in the number of members of the GP’s development fund for the region and the release of more grants to general practitioners, among others.
Addressing the gathering, association president Satish Kadashettihalli said it was the first such convention in the state. Noting that the convention is taking place in Mysuru, which was then the undivided home district of the late minister Abdul Nazir Sab who gave a new dimension to the institutions of Panchayat Raj, with the decentralization of power, he said that he is important to remember the contributions made by former Chief Minister Ramakrishna Hegde and Abdul Nazir Sab.
Arguing that the Gram Swaraj which was conceptualized by Mahatma Gandhi failed, Satish said it is imperative on the part of GP members to wage a united and organized struggle to revive the Gandhian concept of rural development and livelihoods. subsistence. Stating that GP members are no one’s slaves, he urged the government to respond to their demands and give them the attention they deserve, just like an MP, as they are also elected representatives at the local level .
MLCs Dr D. Thimmaiah and CN Manjegowda, Association Officers N. Nagaraj, Brinda Krishnegowda, Chalapathy, Shashikala, Nishanth, Raja, Raghavendra, Baby Mahesh and others were present. Earlier, members of the GP marched in a procession from the city hall to the Dasara fairgrounds.