Agartala: Holding the Gram Samsad (Village Parliament) is a mandatory provision of the Panchayat Act. But this process has not been followed in any part of Tripura for quite a long time. As per provisions, the Gram Samsad is supposed to be held within three months after the end of the financial year.
Gram Samsad is the place where the panchayat body is supposed to submit written accounts of receipts and expenditures. These include funds received under various projects through the Finance Commission and its own sources.
There are certain rules for calling the Gram Samsad. These are issuing notification, organizing proper campaigning and ensuring that majority of the villagers attended the samsad. Each panchayat have an allocation of Rs 5,000 for printing of accounts and organizing the Gram Samsad.
It is learnt that the Gram Samsad could not be organized in most of the panchayat in 2017-18 as it was election year. This year also, a substantial time has lapsed due to panchayat election, etc.
Now demand is being raised in different parts of the State to organize Gram Samsad as it is the only place where the people can find out about the finances of the panchayats.