Special Correspondent

JAIPUR: The State Government on Wednesday withdrew the Rajasthan Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill 2007 which had sought changes in the provision to remove an elected representative. Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Kalu Lal Gujjar withdrew the Bill in the Assembly without ascribing any reason.

The Bill was brought in for making changes in Section 37 of the Rajasthan Panchayati Raj Act, 1994, which allows removal of elected representative to panchayati raj bodies through a motion of no confidence.

The Bill in its "statement of objects and reasons" had mentioned that the many non-confidence motions moved against the chairpersons and deputy chairpersons of the panchayati raj institutions in the recent past had affected their "smooth functioning". The instability brought about such motions was affecting the development activities in the rural areas, it noted.

The members of both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the Opposition parties had raised serious concern over the amendment move, which according to them would have allowed unquestioned functioning of the elected representatives for five years.