THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Thiruvananthapuram district panchayat has added another feather to its hat. He won the Swaraj Trophy for being the best district panchayat for the fourth consecutive time.
District Panchayat Chairman Dr Suresh Kumar said it was best use of project funds, excellence in project planning, implementation of projects for the benefit of people and accuracy of issues administrative work by the panchayat which had helped him win the prize for the fourth time.
In the 2020-21 financial year, the district panchayat was able to utilize 99% of plan expenditure in the general category and 98% in other categories. The successful implementation of various programs for women, geriatric wellness, palliative care, transgender people, etc., helped him win the award. The President further added that the implementation of projects focusing on housing and water conservation has helped the district panchayat come first.
When the pandemic hit, the panchayat was able to implement many welfare activities as well as activities to control the spread of the disease, he said. Special Covid wards have been set up in district hospitals and vaccination arrangements have been made.
Patients also received food and the panchayat set up a free dialysis program called “Ashwas” for patients with kidney disease. Patients who had undergone kidney and liver transplants received free medication. An amount of Rs 1 crore was used for this. More than Rs 3 crore has been spent on the Financial Assistance Scheme for Scheduled Castes and General Women engaged in Traditional Industries. In addition, `42 lakh has been spent on creating job opportunities for women.
Other programs such as “Patheyam”, which provides food for the poor, a self-employment training program for disabled people and scholarships for children with special needs, have been set up. . Rs 8 lakh was spent on housing transgender people who had land and Rs 2 lakh on buying land. Various programs aimed at increasing production on farms have been implemented. Scholarship programs have also been implemented in Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe areas.