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Ordinance promulgated for appointing spl officers to civic

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

With the Madras High cancelling the local body elections in the state scheduled this month, government has promulgated ordinances for appointment of special officers to discharge the functions of the civic bodies.

The Panchyats (Third Amendment) Ordinance 2016, promulgated by Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao on October 17 for further amending the Panchayats Act, 1994, has been issued as the term of the present local bodies will come to an end later this month.

In its appeal against the single judge's October 4 order, the State Commission (SEC) has submitted that as per Constitutional provisions, elections must be conducted for local bodies once in five years. In the polls should be completed on or before October 24.

The high had set aside the September 26 notification issued by the SEC for the civic polls for October 17 and 19 and directed authorities to issue a fresh one for holding the and complete the process before December.

It was passing interim orders on a petition by DMK Rajya Sabha MP R S Barathy who challenged the on the ground that rules were not followed and mandatory reservation for was not provided in the civic posts.

Over 4.97 lakh nominations had been filed by candidates to contest from over 1.31 lakh civic body posts, including 1,18,974 posts in rural and 12,820 posts in urban local bodies before the set aside the notification.

"Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, or in any other law for the time being in force, the Government may, by notification, appoint Special Officers to exercise the powers and discharge the functions of the village panchayats, the panchayat union councils or the district panchayats, as the case may be," till the first meeting of these local bodies were held after ordinary elections," the ordinance said.

The Governor also promulgated the Municipal Laws (Third Amendment) Ordinance, 2016 to amend the District Municipalities Act, 1920.

Dated October 17, 2016, the ordinance also covered acts governing the Municipal Corporations of Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelveli, Salem, Tiruppur, Erode, Vellore, Thoothukudi, Thanjavur and Dindidgul for appointing Special Officers "to exercise the powers and discharge the functions" of the corporations.

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First Published: Wed, October 19 2016. 23:13 IST