Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "unique and transformative" model village scheme is facing tough resistance from a section of MPs who feel that there are "lacunae" in the programme which insist on them using the Rs 5 crore MPLADS fund for development of a particular village.
Government will spend over Rs 2,100 crore to build toilets and sewage treatment plants in 1,649 identified villages situated along both sides of Ganga river in five states, the Lok Sabha was told on Thursday.
Karnataka Government is planning to introduce a bill which will give powers to gram panchayats to levy taxes on services provided by commercial establishments, including airports, falling under their jurisdiction to rev up revenue collection.
The 20-year-old tribal girl, who was allegedly gang-raped by 13 men on the order of a kangaroo court in Birbhum district, was today discharged from a hospital here and provided with constant police protection, a senior police official said.
17 gram panchayat secretaries have been suspended and notices issued to eight panchayat members on charge of misusing funds totalling Rs 40 lakh provided for implementing the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.