News Tech: The Maharashtra Legislative Council on Tuesday passed two bills that will enable election of gram panchayat sarpanches, presidents of municipal councils and nagar panchayats directly by voters.
Tabling the Maharashtra Municipal Councils, Nagar Panchayats and Industrial Townships Act, 1965, in the Upper House, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said the move was aimed at increasing accountability of these local bodies.
The bills were cleared by the Legislative Assembly on Monday.
So far, members of gram panchayats, municipal councils and nagar panchayats had been electing chiefs of these bodies.
During a debate on the bill amending the Maharashtra Village Panchayat Act, introduced by Rural Development Minister Girish Mahajan, Danve said the move will lead to concentration of power in the hands of one person.
The bill will enable direct election for the post of gram panchayat sarpanch. (This story has not been edited by Our Editor Team and is generated from a Feed.)