Census commissioner objects to ward reorganisation, Kerala govt in crisis
Thiruvananthapuram: The government is facing an uphill task in connection with increasing the wards in local self governments. The census commissioner had asked the chief secretary not to reorganise the wards after December 31, 2019. And as the Kerala Governor failed to sign the ordinance to increase the number of wards, the government has been put in a fix. In this context, the government is planning to go for a legislation to overcome the hurdle.
The new census will come into force on January 1, 2021. The Census commissioner had forwarded a letter not to reorganise the local body wards to the chief secretary last November itself.
Immediately after this, the government began moves to begin procedures for the census list in the state. In this context, if the government plans to go for a legislation overlooking the census commissioner’s letter, then there is a probability that it may be challenged in the court. The main task before the government is how to deal with it.
The Cabinet gave the approval for the draft ordinance for ward reorganisation on December 26, 2019 and sent it to the Governor. The Governor refused to sign the ordinance and sent it back. If the Governor had given his okay for it before December 31, 2019, the government would not have had to face this uphill task. As the Governor failed to sign the ordinance with respect to ward reorganistaion, the government landed in crisis.
The bill cannot be introduced in the assembly if the Governor does not approve and send back the draft.