Sarpanch after term expires cannot be person in-charge, CM told

‘No option left other than appointing persons in-charge in villages’

The State government is left with no option other than appointing persons in-charge in villages in place of the sarpanches whose term is expiring on August 1, a team of senior officials informed Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

The team led by Chief Secretary S.K. Joshi told the Chief Minister that there was no scope for appointing the outgoing sarpanches as persons in-charge of the respective villages and the courts might not agree for such appointments. The development comes in the light of demand from some quarters for appointment of outgoing sarpanches as person in-charge in the respective villages.

The officials said the State would soon have 4,383 new panchayats, including tandas and tribal hamlets that were being upgraded as panchayats in line with the promise made by the Chief Minister. They would come into existence immediately after the term of the existing panchayats expires on August 1. In all, over 1,500 panchayats would be exclusively reserved for the Scheduled Tribes and continuance of the existing sarpanches as persons in-charge would defeat the purpose of constituting exclusive local bodies for STs.

Further, the topography of the existing villages had also been altered with 300 villages being upgraded as either municipalities or being merged with the existing ones adjoining them, thus preventing any scope for the existing sarpanches as persons in-charges. There would be less than 5% of the villages that were likely to remain intact after the alteration of the boundaries and the outgoing sarpanches had been elected for the existing gram panchayats, not the new ones that would come into existence.

The government was committed to implement the Act passed in the Legislature as any deviation could entail legal complications. Though the government preferred to conduct elections to the new panchayats along with the older ones whose term would expire soon, the process faced legal hurdles.

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