Chandigarh, August 24 – Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal has approved the proposal to award Rs 11 lakh each to the panchayats elected unanimously during the upcoming panchayat elections in the State. This sum would be used for the development of the respective villages.
While stating this here today, Development and Panchayats Minister Mr Om Prakash Dhankar said that while accepting this proposal, the Chief Minister also directed that Rs five lakh each be awarded to zila parishads elected unanimously. Similarly, panchayat samitis elected unanimously would be awarded Rs two lakh each.
Mr Dhankar said that the decision to give away such rewards was taken because uncontested elections ensure harmony and unity in the society, apart from fewer conflicts. It would also lead to lower election expenses.
He added that in case only the sarpanch is elected unanimously, Rs five lakh would be awarded, whereas Rs 50,000 would be given away to every panch elected unanimously. The sum would be given for the development of the villages the winners contest the elections from. Similarly, the sums awarded to zila parishads and panchayat samitis would be used for their development.