Andhra Pradesh Sarpanches' Association has termed as “undemocratic” the government's action in appointing special officers to 21,806 gram panchayats instead of continuing sarpanches as in-charge persons.

In a statement, Y. B. Rajendra Prasad, MLC, and C. Satyanarayana Reddy, president of the association, said the government's move would put to inconvenience six crore people in villages.

The special officers would not be able to take care of the basic amenities like drinking water, sanitation and street lighting.