PPM plea to Prez
The Puducherry Panchayat Movement (PPM) has urged the President to convene a conference of the Prime Minister, Chief Ministers and the Planning Commission Deputy Chairman in June after the formation of the new government to evolve measures required to be taken by the Union and state governments to bring about changes in District Government and District Planning in the country.
PPM President V A Vasudevaraju, former IAS officer, in a letter to Mr Pranab Mukherjee, pointed out the state governments excepting a few, have not taken steps to adhere to the 73rd and 74th amendments to the Constitution. No progress in satisfying the needs of the people can be achieved unless power rests with the people, he said, adding that this is possible only when panchayats are empowered and they are left to function as the Constitution prescribes.
He said the Planning Commission at the Centre is approving state five-year plans without bothering whether the provisions of the 73rd and 74th amendments of the Constitution have been adhered to by the states in preparing their five-year annual plans.
No member of the planning commission is making visits to the states under their charge to examine whether village plans are prepared as laid down in the Constitution.
(Posted on 11-04-2014)