DR. T. SUMATHY (A) THAMIZHACHI THANGAPANDIAN :
Sir, the Constitution 73rd Amendment Act, 1992 relating to Panchayats mentions about the responsibility of gram panchayats to prepare the social, economic and resource planning for the rural areas, whereas, the 11th Schedule of 73rd CAA, when it lists the functions of gram panchayats, does not include the preparation of the spatial plans for gram panchayats as one of the functions of the Panchayats. Therefore, the rural areas are devoid of planned spatial development at the moment. I have a specific question regarding this to the hon. Minister. Does the Union Government have any plan to allow gram panchayats to prepare spatial development plans as well on their own?