Pune: Rural Development Minister Pankaja Munde on Friday said that no funds will be spent by the State government on the schemes which have been transferred to local bodies such as Zilla Parishad (ZP) and panchayat samiti.
Munde was in the city to inaugurate ‘Vikas Parishad’ where ZP presidents, chief executive officers (CEOs) and others were also present. Munde said the conference was mainly held to discuss various State government schemes for rural areas. An interactive session was also held to discuss and make certain changes in these schemes.
“Under Gram Sabha Yojana, we have started construction of 7,200 km roads in rural areas and till date, 3,000 km roads are ready,” said Munde.
The anganwadis which are run by ZPs, are falling short of funds for running it. Munde said, “It is ZPs’ responsibility and they should be able to tackle the problem.”
“Zilla Parishads get funds from the State government to work on schemes, but the expenditure has to be incurred by ZP,” said Munde.
The work on the flagship scheme of BJP government ‘Mukhyamantri Gramin Sadak Yojana’ (MGSY) in the State is progressing fast, she said.
Munde raised concern over the vacant posts in the Women and Child Development Department as well as Rural Health Department. “There have been vacancies in several sectors and it is a huge concern. The government has given an exemption to the health department to retain the vacant post. The Women and Child Development Department has several vacant posts but those are recruited centrally. However, we are constantly working on this and soon, all vacant positions will be filled,” said Munde.