About 25,000 posts of village Panchayat members to remain vacant
The disinterest among the villagers for being members of the Village Panchayat which the basic unit of the three tier Panchayati Raj system becomes clearly evident in the election commission data of nominations as a staggering 24,822 posts of village Panchayat members would remain vacant. The data shows that only 30,752 candidates filed nomination papers for 55574 posts of village Panchayat members. The process of nomination for the Panchayat elections in 12 districts of state has ended on Tuesday. In contrast 24,842 candidates are in fray for 7,485 posts of village Pradhans.
Incidentally the Uttarakhand High Court (HC) had granted permission to the candidates having more than two children to contest for the posts of village Panchayat members and Pradhans with July 25 being the cut-off date. Similarly 11,886 candidates have filled their nomination papers for 2,984 posts of block Panchayat member. For 356 posts of district Panchayat member, 2,241 people have filed their nomination papers. The data clearly shows interest of people for the lucrative posts like village Pradhans and members of district and block Panchayats. It is pertinent to mention here that the two child norm enforced in the Panchayati Raj amendment act is applicable for the posts of district and block level representatives.
In mountainous districts the disinterest of people in the village Panchayat seats is more apparent. In Pauri district, for example, about 5,000 posts of village Panchayat members would remain vacant out of total 8,248 posts. In Champawat district, only 946 candidates have filed nomination papers for 2,295 posts of village Panchayat members. In contrast in a plain district like Udham Singh Nagar 4,968 candidates have filed their nomination papers for 3,948 posts of village Panchayat members. The Panchayat elections in 12 districts of the state would be held in three phases. The voting for first phase would be held on October 5 while for second and third phase voting would be held on October 11 and 16 respectively. The counting of votes would be done on October 21 and the results are expected to be declared on the same day.
Thursday, 26 September 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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