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Bengal government launches survey to track grievances of rural people over public services

Three-tier panchayat polls in West Bengal are scheduled for next year. Understanding that local issues will be the key factors determining the mood of voters, the West Bengal government on Saturday launched a detailed survey to take the pulse of the state’s rural population residing in the panchayat areas.

The idea behind conducting the survey is to get a clear idea of ​​people’s grievances regarding the various services provided by the state government in the panchayat areas. The survey will be conducted over a month-long period, where a team of investigators made up of state government employees will go door-to-door with a set of 72 questions.

This is the first time in the last 11 years that the Trinamool Congress government has conducted such a survey for panchayat polls in the state.

Prior to 2021, a somewhat similar survey was conducted. But that survey was conducted by poll strategist Prashant Kishor, India Political Action Committee (I-PAC), founded by Prashant Kishor. But this time the investigation is being carried out by the state government through its own team of officers and staff.

In the survey’s set of 72 questions, the focus is on the agricultural sector. It is questioned whether the farmers receive the minimum support price (MSP) set by the state government for their produce. There is also the question of whether farmers get a platform to present and market their products.

The state government, through this survey, also wants to get a clear picture of how many families living in panchayat areas have been excluded from the food security program. He also wants to know who has not yet received a labor card under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and whether or not they regularly receive the salary under the same act. .

In the housing sector, the investigation will try to find out if a registered beneficiary for housing programs provided by the state government has been excluded. In the education sector, the survey will try to find out the number of school dropouts in the recent past and, more importantly, whether there has been an increase in the number of school dropouts among girls.

IANS has tried to contact panchayat minister Pulak Roy for his comments on the matter. However, her cell phone kept ringing but went unanswered.