BIJAPUR: Visiting Bijapur on Wednesday Gram Panchayat Reorganisation Committee received 64 petitions from villagers and gram panchayat members in the district here on Wednesday.
Committee chairman SG Nanjayyamath told reporters 5,629 gram panchayats were formed in the state on the basis of 1991 census. As the same set has been working for the past 23 years, there is urgent need of reorganisation of GPs based on the increased population to bring about efficiency in the village level administration. He said some villages with large population may be upgraded as town panchayats and a separate committee is looking into that aspect.
He said the GP Reorganisation Committee toured 25 districts, including Bijapur and received about 1,478 petitions. Stressing the need for reorganisation, he said Talewad village in the district is 12 km away from its gram panchayat headquarter. In the GP elections due to be held in May 2015, women are likely to have 50 per cent reservation. The committee would submit its report to the state government in the first week of September.