Bhopal: With an eye on the assembly polls which are due later this year in Madhya Pradesh, the ruling BJP government here on Monday announced a hike in honorariums of four lakh panchayat representatives at all levels, by almost five times, thus fulfilling a long-pending demand.
    
The announcement was made by the MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at a 'mahapanchayat' meet of 'panchayati raj' village representatives at Jamboori Maidan.
    
He announced a provision of Rs 1 lakh each to all village panchayats so that they are turned into electronic panchayats, besides giving more powers to the sarpanch to sanction developmental works of up to Rs 10 lakh, instead of Rs 5 lakh at present.
    
For constructing panchayat buildings, he also hiked the limit from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh.
    
Referring to problems in the payment of wages under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) wages, he directed that this should be implemented at the block level.
    
Focussing on turning existing panchayats into model ones, he said that no new liquor shop would be allowed to open in any village of the state.
    
Chouhan said that under the 'Atal Jyoti Campaign' launched from Jabalpur district on Sunday, all Madhya Pradesh villages would get 24-hour power supply in a few months.

(Agencies)

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