Govt withdraws from move to divide village panchayats
Kuttippuram: The state government is withdrawing from the decision to divide village panchayats and form new ones, following a warning from the finance department that it would cause huge financial crisis. The department of local self-government intends to complete the border reorganisation and division of panchayat wards prior to the next local body polls.
The government had earlier decided to divide the panchayats based on the 2011 census report. The department of local self-government had directed the panchayat deputy directors to submit the details of village panchayats which are to be divided or reorganised.
The department was planning to divide at least 40 panchayats despite financial crisis. But after finance minister Dr. Thomas Isaac conveyed the suggestion of the department, the government decided to withdraw from the move temporarily.
The finance department is of the opinion that the move will cause huge financial liability. According to plans, the panchayats that have a population of over 27,430 were to be divided. There are a total of 15,962 wards in 941 panchayats in the state.
Number of wards will increase once the division and border reorganisation are complete. Also the border of block panchayats will be changed. The border will be reorganised in a way that includes four panchayats under a block panchayat.
Earlier, a committee headed by the Principal Director of the Department of Local Self-Government had recommended that there are no situations to form town panchayats and to upgrade village panchayats into municipalities or municipalities to corporations, due to the shortage of income.