GFP: The government talks about swayampurna but cuts panchayat funding

Goa Forward President Vijai Sardesai says the BJP-led state government is starving panchayats of funds . Crores of rupees allocated by the state and the center to various departments are going unutilized because of the lack of funds .

Panaji: The state government aims to make the state swayampurna (self-reliant), but data shows that the BJP-led state government is starving panchayats of funds and hindering decision making, according to Goa Forward President Vijai Sardesai, who said that the government has failed to limit the authority of the panchayats and gram sabhas, and that chief minister Pramod Sawant must devolve all power Sardesai said that crores of rupees that are allocated by the state and the center to various departments such as public infrastructure, education, and agriculture, which are designed to support the welfare and growth of villages, are going unutilized because of the lack of funds.According to the 15th finance commission, the government has also limited the role of the panchayats to install pavers, benches, and restore religious halls.According to the 11th Schedule of the Constitution, the Goa government has devolved only eight functions, and two have been partially devolved to the urban bodies.Sardesai said that the government is attempting to destabilize local self-government and violated the constitution.

The report, which is valid for five years, has not been accepted and no further action has been taken on it, according to him.He said that the government should increase grants for village panchayats in the hinterlands.According to Sardesai, we want that the finance commission be expanded, that a five-year annual growth plan be developed, and that the government provide technical assistance to implement the development plans.