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Half of state's budget to be given to panchayat bodies: Harish Rawat

Seeking a couple of years more for economic consolidation of disaster-hit Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Tuesday said he would allocate half of the state's budget to panchayat bodies once this goal is achieved.

State Panchayat Raj Minister Pritam Singh said a state Panchayati Raj Act is in the final stages of drafting and asked the Chief Minister to provide a vehicle to each block pramukh to tour areas under his jurisdiction to take stock of the problems of the people.

At a meeting with panchayat representatives here, Rawat said he wanted to give more powers and funds to panchayats but this will be possible only after a couple of years when some more work is done toward economic consolidation of the flood-hit state.

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