The AP government would start rolling out of the village secretariats from today. The secretariats would start working from October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who wanted the Gram Swaraj. Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy would address a meeting of the newly-recruited employees of the village secretariats in Vijayawada today, and give the appointment letters to some, marking the launch of the programme.
The new structure of the administration would now free the people from the burden of going all the way at least five to 15 km to meet the officials at the mandal headquarters. This was the second reform in the administration in the State after the first such a measure by late N T Rama Rao in 1980s, when he canceled the Thaluqs. As the Thaluqs were at least 50 km away on an average for the people in those days, going to the office and getting works done, was a mission impossible for common man.
NTR had brought down this distance to 5 to 15 km, by creating Mandals, which are now being reorganised and the officials are brought to the people as close as 500 meters. Indeed, this is a great reform as it eliminates the inconvenience of the people in going to the officials and get the works done. This would also mean decentralisation of administration and strengthening of the villages. This measure, is seen as revolutionary and a clear implementation of the Gram Swaraj dreams of Mahatma Gandhi.
The officials have made all arrangements for the launch of the new administration in the State on October 2. According to the initial reports, one secretariat in every mandal would start on the day, while the rest would start as the new employees complete their required training. The village secretariats in the rural areas and the ward secretariats in the urban areas would be in place by the end of October. The government had already provided the required furniture for these secretariats by releasing a little over Rs 500 crore, last week.