Report by OD bureau, Bhubaneswar : Role and scope of Panchayats in rural development was discussed in a day long meet organized by Panchayat Raj Cell of Bharatiya Janata Party on October 7, 2012 in the party headquarters at Bhubaneswar. The State Convenor of Panchayat Cell, Shri Dandapani Pradhan and members from the districts attended the meet.
Suyas Dixit, Member of the BJP Panchayat Cell along with Bijay Kumar Sati, the central Prabhari addressed the gathered members. The Prabhari for Orissa Mrs. Shivangi Shastri, who is also a member of the Central Committee too attended the meet.
The Cell has laid emphasis on overall rural development which should lead to socio economic empowerment of rural India. There should be focus on road network within and outside the villages, which will facilitate trade and overall development, water and water management will lead to more acreage under irrigation, role of horticulture to augment vegetable and fruit production, energy crops for alternate source of energy, solar energy can address many ills which are caused by poor power availability in rural areas, waste management to produce organic fertilizer and fuel, quality education with a focus on skill development and technical training will open infinite opportunities for rural youth, library and play grounds in each village for knowledge sharing and promoting sports. The Cell shall propagate the doctrine that village level development should be led by Panchayats.