Staff Correspondent

He will go to Bangalore to submit his resignation letter

  • The vice-president has been told to submit resignation too
  • New vice-president, president will serve for eight months

    HASSAN: Hassan Zilla Panchayat president Annappa Shetty on Wednesday submitted his resignation to Deputy Commissioner K.H. Aswathanarayana Gowda. But Mr. Gowda refused to accept his letter and asked him to submit it instead to the Principal Secretary, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, in Bangalore, who was the competent authority, according to Section 179 of Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act.

    According to sources close to Minister in charge of the district H.D. Revanna, the arrangement worked out before the present president and vice-president had begun their term was for them to serve for 10 months of the normal 20-month term, after which they were to be replaced for the remaining period. The tenure of the present zilla panchayat is 60 months.

    The present zilla panchayat president and vice-president were elected last year on February 2. The two persons who will take their places will serve for only eight months. This is because Mr. Shetty was to have submitted his resignation two months ago according to the arrangement but the Chamundeswari by-election came in the way of his doing so.

    On Wednesday, Mr. Revanna directed the president and the vice-president to submit their resignations.

    While the new president will be from the Other Backward Classes (OBC) "A" category, the vice-president is to be a woman from the Scheduled Castes (SC). As there are only two SC women in the zilla panchayat, Mahadevamma from Nuggenahalli zilla panchayat constituency is slated to become the new vice-president.

    `Satisfactory innings'

    Mr. Shetty told presspersons here on Thursday that he had had a "satisfactory innings". He said most of the works he had launched during his tenure were nearing completion. He said he had undergone training in rural development in Mysore and Chennai, and had also gone abroad for a while. This training had helped him take up more developmental works in the villages, he said.

    Mr. Shetty said he would go to Bangalore in a day or two to submit his resignation letter.