- Consultative committee will take over in Bihar from June 16
- The tenure of Panchayat representatives is ending on June 15
- The existing Panchayat representatives also have a place in the advisory committee.
- When will the three-tier panchayat elections be held in Bihar now?
At present, there is no prospect of Panchayat elections in Bihar. This does not mean that there will be no elections. There will be elections. Not having immediate elections also does not mean that the right of the existing Panchayat representatives has ended. They still have
The tenure of the existing Panchayat representatives will end on June 15.
Panchayat representatives were elected in 2016. By law, the elections should have been completed in March-April. But the quarrel between the State Election Commission and the Election Commission of India over EVMs and then the beginning of the second wave of Corona ruined it. Monsoon will start in June. In such a situation, conducting elections in rural areas is a big challenge. In view of the problems like Corona and Monsoon, the government had started considering alternative arrangements. Now it has been decided that the tenure of the elected representatives of the Panchayat will not increase. In their place, the Consultative Committee will look after the work of the Panchayats. The three-tier Panchayati Raj Institutions and Gram Kachari formed in the year 2016 will be considered automatically dissolved from June 16. In this way, the term of the elected representatives will expire after June 15. A consultative committee will be formed to ensure that the work of Panchayats and Kacharis is not affected.
Prospective Framework of Consultative Committee for Panchayats
In Bihar, from June 16, the advisory committee will start functioning in the panchayats. The Panchayati Raj Act will be amended. However, it is not yet decided who will be given the responsibility of the advisory committee. Who will be on the advisory committee? This will be provided in the ordinance. The cabinet has entrusted the responsibility of preparing the ordinance to the Panchayati Raj Department. It is discussed that a consultative committee will be formed consisting of the officers and the existing three-tier public representatives. It is being speculated that at the block level, the CO or BDO will run the advisory committee with the Panchayat representatives. Its meeting will be fixed every two or three months. The outline of the development plans will be decided in this meeting. Funds will also be allotted accordingly. In the same way, the DM can conduct the advisory committee at the district level.
Jitan Ram Manjhi said thanks to Nitish Kumar
There are 8 thousand 398 Mukhiyas in Bihar, while the number of Gram Panchayat members is 1 lakh 15 thousand 191. At the same time, there are Panchayat Samiti members – 11 thousand 566, Zilla Zilla Parishad members – 1 thousand 162 and Sarpanch – 8 thousand 398. Former Bihar CM Jitan Ram Manjhi has welcomed the government’s decision to form a consultative committee. He tweeted and said that ‘Thank you Nitish Kumar for taking cabinet decisions like setting up of consultation committees in panchayats due to lack of panchayat elections on time. The advisory committees will include present panchayat members as well as legislator representatives, so that the development of the villages will not be hampered. Glory to democracy.
Now Panchayat elections will be held in Bihar only next year?
This decision of the government has made it clear that the State Election Commission is not going to hold elections for the next six months. In such a situation, along with more than 2.5 lakh elected three-tier public representatives, the future of the MLCs who were elected in the Local Authority Election also hangs in the balance. According to the media report, there is a discussion that now the State Election Commission is contemplating to conduct the elections of three-tier panchayats along with the municipal body next year. However, no final decision has been taken on this yet.