On one hand, there is a fear of debt, on the other hand, there is a fear of losing a job. The situation of the sarpanches in the state has become quite difficult. No matter how many times they were raising complaints, KCR’s heart is not melting for their painful situation. With the government not paying them the money they must, the sarpanches eventually took to roads giving rise to a rebellion.
On Monday, Nalgonda district Marriguda Mandal Erugandlapalli sarpanch Shantamma complained that she had not received any bills for two years regarding the work done in her village. She was angry as she had to sell her ‘mangal sutra’ in order to repay the interest on the loans she took for the work she did in the village, as the government failed to provide the bills money. At the Palle Pragati program held at the Marriguda MPDVO office, Shantamma questioned the authorities when the bills would be paid.
Recently, all the sarpanches in the Ramadugu zone rallied in protest. They also boycotted the rural progress review meeting held at the MPDVO conference hall, demanding the immediate release of bills relating to rural landscaping, farmer platforms, and other expenses incurred in the past.
“We are facing a lot of problems due to not receiving money from the government,” Sarpanch said. Despite the continuous protests near the meeting, none of the authorities cared to respond. Eventually, they all went out of the meeting seeing no progress.