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2,829 villages dispute-free in state

The Maharashtra Government has declared 2829 villages as dispute-free in the state under the ‘Mahatma Gandhi dispute free village campaign’ that is now in its second year, reports HT Correspondent.

india Updated: Aug 11, 2009 01:28 IST
HT Correspondent

The Maharashtra Government has declared 2829 villages as dispute-free in the state under the ‘Mahatma Gandhi dispute free village campaign’ that is now in its second year.

There is an annual process of grading and marking the performance of villages with cash prizes ranging from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 10 lakh for the best performing villages.

In all, the government is spending Rs 63 crore on the project.

Of these, 263 villages will be given awards under the campaign for the year 2008- 2009.

Latur tops the district list with 371 villages, the maximum number of villages that are declared dispute free in the state.

Sangli follows a close second with 330 villages and Gondia comes in third with 251 villages.

“Our achievement can be seen in Naxalite-affected areas like Gondia where such a high number of villages have been successful in getting dispute free,” said Home Minister Jayant Patil while making the announcement at Mantralaya on Monday.

The campaign that took off on August 15, 2007, is a village level Alternative Dispute Resolution system that seeks to prevent the occurrence of disputes and to resolve existing disputes at the village level itself through people’s participation.

This year, of the 27,553 gram panchayats in the state, 27,324 participated in the scheme.