Sarpanches are suffering in Swarashtra. The untimely arrival of bills for the work done and the inability to pay interest on the debts they brought are turning into laborers. With all the debts the village sarpanches have on their head, it is becoming difficult for them to barely meet the monthly household needs in their own house. This helplessness and desperate need for money are turning the sarpanches into daily wage laborers.
The situation of Viswanatha Colony village sarpanch in Bhimadevarapalli Mandal of Hanmakonda district has become deplorable. Vallepu Anita was elected Sarpanch of the newly formed Gram Panchayat. During this period she spent her own money on various development works in the village. For this, a loan of up to Rs 8 lakh was taken. While the government hasn’t paid her the bills till now, she on the other hand, is paying hefty interests and bearing the harassment of moneylenders.
Anita, the village sarpanch, who was waiting for the pending bills, went to work with her husband for a hundred days thinking that she might not get the money anytime soon. In the morning she serves as the village sarpanch and then goes to work as a laborer. Sarpanch Anita said that more than Rs 8 lakh of her bills were pending. The income coming to the gram panchayat is not enough for the staff salaries, trolley EMI, diesel cost, and electricity bills said the gram sarpanch.
The honorarium given by the government to the village sarpanches is just Rs 5,000, which is not even paid on time. With that, the condition of the sarpanches is becoming miserable. It has become difficult for them to even meet their daily needs. Against this backdrop, village sarpanches are becoming laborers in the separate state of Telangana. The village sarpanches want the bills related to the development work done to be released immediately.