Names of 6,500 Families Added to BPL List
The 73rd Constitutional Amendment has given constitutional status to the Gram Sabha. No one can reject the resolution passed by the Gram Sabha which take place for goodwill of general masses of the entire village. All the processes of decisions taken have to move upwards from village to state level, so that the state should know the requirements of villages.
Villagers in Petlawad development block were passing resolutions continuously for adding their names to the BPL list in their local Gram Sabha meeting. When their names could not be added even after one year, they started raising question on the very relevance of Gram Sabha. The situation worsened so much that they gradually stopped getting resolutions passed from the Gram Sabha.
But efforts were made to save relevance of Gram Sabha, they continuously raised there issues in Gram Sabha. Finally, BPL list was published in the Gram Sabhas of January 26, 2008 and names of over 6,500 people were added from Petlawad development block of Jhabua district. When the people found their names in government published list there faith in Gram Sabha returned back. They realised if they made efforts in right direction, they would get the benefits.