Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao said on Thursday that the State government would bring in a comprehensive municipal bill for streamlining the administration in urban local bodies.
Replying to the discussion on the Telangana Panchayat Raj Bill 2018 which was passed in the legislature in the day, he explained that Municipal Laws (Amendment) Bill was also passed in the session only to facilitate the Panchayati Raj Bill.
The comprehensive municipal bill would be passed either in the monsoon session or the winter session. The municipalities and municipal corporations will go to the polls only after the Assembly elections. There is time to initiate measures to streamline the functioning of urban local bodies.
He said the government is firm on conducting polls to gram pancahayats on time. The Election Commission will have all powers to go ahead with the polls. But it should take the concurrence of the government on the finalisation of the elections dates.
Law and order
The State needs to make arrangements for conducting any elections and has to ensure perfect law and order conditions. It needs to arrange for ballot boxes to conduct polls to over 1,13,000 ward member posts and sarpanch posts. It may call for procuring ballot boxes from neighbouring States.
The government is firm on ensuring uniform development of all the gram panchayats. Even the smallest gram panchayat with less than 300 population will get not less than Rs 3 lakh. A village with population of just 106 was made a panchayat because of the special circumstances prevailing there.
The State government had formed 2,637 tribal gram panchayats. They have 100 per cent tribal population and will have tribal sarpanches without any rotation in reservations. The total number of gram panchayats in the State has now risen to 12,751.
Never in history had gram panchayats got devolution of funds. Now it had become a reality for the first time with the State allocating Rs 2,500 crore in the budget for the local bodies. The gram panchayats will get Rs 1,500 crore, while the municipalities will get a share of Rs 1,000 crore. This is in addition to the Finance Commission grants.
The Chief Minister said that Panchayat Raj institutions should be above politics. Over a period of time, the panchayat institutions were departmentalised and compartmentalised and subjected to a great deal of suffocation. Stating that both the Panchayat Raj movement and the cooperative movement were killed in India, he held the politicians squarely responsible for this situation.