Vijayawada: Panchayat raj minister P. Ramachandra Reddy told mediapersons that it would be prudent to encourage unanimous elections so that the political interference would be reduced, chances of violence would be decreased and peace and harmony would exist in the villages.
Ramachandra Reddy said in 2001, villages with a population up to 5,000 were awarded Rs 15,000, villages with a population between 5,000 and 15,000 were given Rs 30,000 and Rs 50,000 was given for villages with population above 15,000
In 2008, gram panchayats with population up to 15,000 were rewarded with Rs 5 lakh and those having population of above 15,000 were given Rs 15 lakh. In 2013, it was increased to Rs 7 lakh and Rs 20 lakh respectively.
Mr Ramchandra Reddy said under the leadership of Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, panchayat raj Act was amended and the incentives were increased. Gram panchayats with a population less than 2,000 will be awarded Rs 5 lakh, those with a population between 2,000 and 5,000 will be given Rs 10 lakh, gram panchayats with a population between 5,000 and 10,000 will be awarded Rs 15 lakh and those with population above 10,000 will be given Rs 20 lakh.
Municipal administration minister Botsa Satyanarayana said the government has increased the incentives to strengthen the administration at village level with an aim to develop the villages. He said some vested interests are trying to create conflicts among people by encouraging factions in the villages while the state government has been delivering governance with welfare and development as a motto.
The state government is of the opinion that if the elections to gram panchayats are held on a party basis, there is a possibility that the political rivalry, enmity and intense animosity may grow among the competing parties resulting in hampering harmony and speedy development of villages.