Mandi (April 13): Members of Gram Panchayati in Mandi district have submitted a memorandum to the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister regarding establishing the Training Institute for Panchayati Raj Members in or around the district headquarters rather than at Thunag, a remote and highly inaccessible village in the district, which happens to be Panchayati Raj minister Jai Ram’s panchayat.
Ranjeet Chauhan, pradhan of Gram Panchayat Tulah, in the memorandum has reasoned that there is no logic in establishing such an important institute in such a far-flung and remote area. “As you are well aware that the PRI member are already very indifferent towards the training programmes and hence the implementation of many programmes lag behind. I am sure the PRI member will be discouraged to go to such a remote place, and the purpose of imparting training will suffer. Moreover, this place being an isolated place surrounded by thick forest will not be safe for the fair sex. At present half of the PRI members are women. The weather too here is not at all conducive,” the memorandum states.
It further mentions that Panchayati Raj Minister Jai Ram is highly desperate to establish it in village Thunag (85 Km away from district headquarters) to meet his own political ends, it being his home panchayat.