'TPs won't be scrapped'

The State government has no plans to scrap taluk panchayats, said Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister H K Patil on Wednesday.

There has been a debate in political circles on replacing the present three-tier system in rural administration with a two-tier system by scrapping taluk panchayats.

Speaking to reporters, Patil said amendments will be brought to Panchayat Raj Act to provide more functionality to taluk panchayats.

Elections to taluk and zilla panchayats are due next year. The government will bring
in comprehensive amendments to the law in a month, he said.

The State made amendments to the legislation earlier this year, including making voting compulsory and had assured that more amendments would be brought in later.

Patil added that Congress-backed candidates won 60 per cent of the seats in the recent gram panchayat polls. BJP-backed candidates have bitten the dust and the party has
lost its rural base, said the minister.

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