Panchayats forced to pay for garbage collection vehicles as Telangana government washes hands of funds – The New Indian Express
Express news service
ADILABAD: The little panchayats in the old district of Adilabad are in deep trouble. It appears that the Telangana government, after advising the panchayats to buy tractors for door-to-door garbage collection, has abdicated its responsibility to release enough funds to help them pay IMEs for bank loans. , which were raised to purchase the vehicles.
Now the panchayats pay with the little money they received for the development of their villages. With a significant portion of the funds going to EMIs, the panchayats have little left for other development work.
The state government releases funds on the basis of the population of the villages each month. But it is hardly enough. For example, a tribal panchayat receives Rs 50,000 per month, of which Rs 20,000 is used to pay for IMEs. The rest is not enough to pay for electrical charges and tractor maintenance, and even less to finance other development work.
Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had kept his promise to convert tribal hamlets and small panchayats into independent gram panchayats. So when the government asked them to acquire tractors to remove garbage from homes to keep the streets clean, they took the advice, exhilarated that they were getting the attention they should.
But soon they realized that they would have to pay the IMEs for the tractors from the funds given to them each month. The catch, however, is that the smaller panchayats receive less funding than the larger ones. Most of the 660 gram panchayats in the district face the same situation.
Talk to Express, a sarpanch from a newly formed panchayat said that when the villages were established, officials did not correctly calculate the population numbers. “The state releases funds on the basis of these figures,” he explained.