According to an official press release here today, the Chief Minister has issued the above order having in mind various factors.
'Out of the 81 revenue villages in the district, some areas fall under Town Panchyat and Municipality limits. Also, even though the district's total spread is 1,684 sq km, the density of population is only 1,106. In many villages of this district, the population is between 30,000 and one lakh. Hence people are forced to travel a long distance to meet their respective Village Administrative Officers for various reasons,' it said.
The release further said the Chief Minister has ordered dividing of vlllages and forming of new villages to put an end to the woes of the people.
'As per the order, the existing 81 villages will be re-formed and 107 new villages will be created. In total, the district will have 188 revenue villages,' said the release.
The Chief Minister has been focusing heavily on the development of villages and villagers.
Only recently, she increased the daily wages under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) in the State by Rs 13, benefiting about 25 lakh workers.
'The Chief Minister has directed increasing the daily wages to Rs 132 from Rs 119,' a State government release here said.
The MNREGA envisages providing 100 days of employment to the rural poor.
'The Chief Minister is well aware that villages form the backbone of the country and the growth of the nation is dependent on that of rural areas. Hence she has been implementing various initiatives to improve the economy of people living in villages,' said the release.
Stating that MNREGA is being implemented in an effective manner all over the State, the statement said while the main target of the scheme is to ensure work for at least 100 days for rural people, its sub-target is to prevent soil erosion, stop harms being done to forests and to ensure that natural resources are safeguarded.