Staff Reporter

Collector seeks opinion of panchayat presidents

Krishnagiri: The Collector, Santhosh Babu, has sought the opinion of panchayat presidents to revert special panchayats as town panchayats.

Speaking at a review meeting here on Friday, he asked the panchayat presidents and councillors to pass a resolution to revert special panchayats as town panchayats. The Government had taken the initiative to revert special panchayats as town panchayats. The Collector said that towns with a population of less than 5,000 and revenue of Rs. 1 lakh were declared as special panchayats in 2001.

Based on the 2001 census, the Government decided to convert town panchayats with a population of less than 30,000 into special village panchayats to get assistance from the Central Government and under various schemes of the State Government.

Opposed

However, the presidents of town panchayats opposed the Government's decision and said the towns be retained as town panchayats.

Finally, a total of 561 town panchayats with a population of less than 30,000 were converted as special panchayats and 50 other town panchayats were upgraded as third grade municipalities.

Due to this change, there were several contradictions in administration and auditing. As a result, petitions were sent to the Government requesting it to revert the special panchayats as town panchayats.

The panchayat presidents should convene a special meeting in this regard and pass a resolution and inform the Government about the decision, Mr. Babu added. The Assistant Director, Special Panchayats, Balasubramaniam, and the Assistant Director, Panchayats, Appao, attended.

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