Staff Reporter

Pros and cons of reclassification to be examined on Monday

MADURAI: The 12 special panchayats in Madurai district will convene a special meeting of their members on Monday to decide on whether to be reclassified as village panchayats or town panchayats.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting chaired by Collector T. Udhayachandran on Thursday in which presidents of all the 12 special panchayats participated.

The Assistant Director (Special Panchayats), K. Subburaman, was present.

The members will discuss the pros and cons of converting special panchayats into urban or rural local bodies. Their discussion would be broadly based on issues concerning conduct of election, audit, tax-fixation and devolution of Central and State funds, official sources said.

The resolution passed by the special meeting will be sent to the Government for further action.

The Tamil Nadu Government had reclassified the 12 town panchayats, with less than 3,000 population, as special panchayats under the Tamil Nadu Panchayats Act, 1994, in 2004.

However, the State Government is considering reclassification of special panchayats Tirunagar, Harveypatti, Paravai, Vilangudi, Alanganallur, Vadipatti, Sholavandan, A. Vallalapatti, Palamedu, T. Kallupatti, Peraiyur and Elumalai again.

Virudhunagar

A similar meeting conducted by the Virudhunagar Collector S.S. Jawahar on Friday asked the nine special panchayats Kariyapatti, Mallangkinar, Seithur, Chettiyarpatti, Sundarapandiyam, Watrap, Mamsapuram, V. Pudupatti and S. Kodikulam to decide on the issue by convening a special meeting by June 15.

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