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Council to hold meet on Panchayat Raj Bill today

A meeting of all floor leaders of the Council has been convened on Tuesday to ensure the smooth passage of the Karnataka State Panchayat Raj (amendment) Bill.

Published: 30th July 2013 10:26 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th July 2013 10:26 AM   |  A+A-

A meeting of all floor leaders of the Council has been convened on Tuesday to ensure the smooth passage of the Karnataka State Panchayat Raj (amendment) Bill.

The bill will allow disqualification of Gram Panchayat members who fail to hold ward meetings and gram sabhas regularly.

Opposition Leader D V Sadananda Gowda, who raised the issue, said that there are several objections to the bill, which needs to be discussed in detail.

Since most of the members were elected from local bodies, they deem it as their responsibility to discuss the bill before passing it.

Sadananda Gowda also wanted Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, BJP leaders of the Assembly and ruling party leader of the Council to participate in the meeting without whom the meeting may not be able to take any decision.

Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister H K Patil said that the purpose of tabling the bill is to hasten development in rural areas. He clarified that it is not aimed at targeting anybody but only to ensure the success of Panchayat Raj institutions in the state.

The government is ready for a discussion on the subject with an open mind and all facts would be placed before the House, he added.

Without naming the BJP, which recently took out a protest rally of Gram Panchayat (GP) members in Bangalore against the bill, Patil said that the issue has taken a political turn.

JD(S) floor leader M C Nanaiah also favoured a discussion before giving approval to the bill.



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