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Samras village panchayat to receive a grant of over Rs.56 crore

As many as 2,147 village panchayat and 28,051 wards in Gujarat have been declared as Samras. The Samras panchayat will receive a grant of over Rs.56 crore, announced today by the Gujarat government spokesperson Health Minister Jay Narayan Vyas and Minister of State Saurabh Patel.

Spokespersons said the state election commission published a notification on November 19, 2011 regarding organizing elections in 10,405 village panchayats. Out of which 2,147 panchayats have declared as Samras including 1,893 general and 254 having a women sarpanch. Out of the general panchayats, 800 panchayats have been declared Samras for the first time, 472 for the second time and 621 panchayats have been declared Samras for the consecutive third time. There were only 20 woman Samras village panchayat last year which has been increased to 254 this year. Besides, out of 79,408 of the total wards 28,051 have been declared Samras. This is the reflection of a huge response to a noble thought coined by the state government, said spokespersons.

Spokespersons further said that there are 180 village panchayats which could not became Samras just because one ward could not succeed in becoming Samras. In total, 568 panchayats including 185 in two wards and 203 in three wards could not become Samras, thank to the Opposition. 304 panchayats are such where the entire ward has become Samras but as the Opposition placed their contestant with negative mentality, they could not become Samras.

The Opposition tries to mislead the people and do not let the panchayat become Samras. But the state government is receiving huge response from villages and the village people are well aware of the truth, spokespersons said.

Sources: Gujarat Information Bureau

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