Bihar takes a leaf out of Dakshina Kannada’s Panchayat Raj

MANGALORE: Dakshina Kannada zilla panchayat, which recorded success by bagging Nirmal Gram Puraskar for all its 203 gram panchayats, is becoming a role model for the Bihar government. Best practices in the Panchayat Raj set up in the district will soon be adopted by the Bihar government, which is gearing up to bring reforms in rural administration.

Legislators from different political parties and officials from Bihar arrived in Mangalore on Thursday to study the manner in which various schemes are being implemented in villages in the district with a view to adopt the same development modules for villages in their state.

Zilla Parishat and Panchayat Raj Committee (ZPPC), the committee set up by the Bihar government comprising 20 members including eight MLAs and officials, interacted with Dakshina Kannada zilla panchayat chief executive officer K N Vijayaprakash and other officers here. The team also visited some villages in the district to see the effectiveness of development work implementation.

Earlier, ZPPC chairman Anandi Prasad Yadav told reporters that the committee was set up by Bihar government headed by chief minister Nitish Kumar to study how government schemes can be taken to people at the grassroots level, especially in villages.

“We will study how roads, water supply and other development projects are developed in rural areas here. We will recommend the government to appoint panchayat development officers (PDO) in Bihar too. We will study and discuss about best practices followed here and chalk out plans as to how it can be implemented in our state. A final report will be submitted to the government after holding discussion,” he added.

The team including MLAs Ramsurath Raj, Motilal Hazar, Bhupendar Narain, Afak Alam, Manju Sharma, Vijay Kumar Sinha and Anirudh Kumar, has already visited Bangalore and Mysore. They will proceed to Thiruvananthapuram and later to Goa.

Source: Times of India

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