Bill makes provision to disqualify Gram Panchayat members and presidents who failed to convene sabhas

Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister H. K. Patil has defended the government’s decision of amending the Panchayat Raj bill that makes a provision to disqualify the Gram Panchayat members and presidents who failed to convene ward sabhas and gram sabhas.

It may be noted that the Opposition parties, both the BJP and JD(S) were up in arms against the government for bringing the amendment which they termed ‘draconian’.

The BJP had been holding agitations across the State demanding the government to withdraw the decision.

Addressing presspersons here on Sunday, Mr. Patil said that the objective of the amendment was to strengthen the panchyat raj system by putting greater responsibility on gram panchayat members and presidents.

“The chief objective behind implementing panchayat raj system is to provide better facilities to rural areas by giving powers to local leaders.

Thus, it is the responsibility of the gram panchayat members and presidents to see that people are given a chance to put forth their demands through gram sabhas and ward sabhas.

These sahabs are the only platform for the rural people to raise their voice. What is the use of having members and presidents who do not convene meetings that allow people to raise their voice and put forth their demands”, he said.

Mr. Patil made it clear that the objective of amendment in the bill was not to curtail the rights or privileges of the elected members, but to make them more responsible in discharging their duties in order to meet the purpose of the system.

Bill makes provision to disqualify Gram Panchayat members and presidents who failed to convene sabhas

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