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Guj HC notice to govt on plea against Panchayats Act amendment

A division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice V M Pancholi sought the government's reply within four weeks.


PTI India
Updated: 20-06-2018 22:01 IST
Guj HC notice to govt on plea against Panchayats Act amendment

As per the amendment, the term of presidents and vice presidents have been cut down to two and a half years despite the panchayats' term being five years. (Image Credit: Twitter)

The Gujarat High Court today sought the state government's stand on a plea challenging a 2015 amendment to the Gujarat Panchayats Act, curtailing the tenures of presidents and vice presidents of district panchayats to two-and-a-half years from five years.

A division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice V M Pancholi sought the government's reply within four weeks.

The amendment to sections 81 and 81 (2) of the act, halving the tenures of district panchayats' key functionaries have been challenged by former presidents of Bhavnagar, Amreli, Ahmedabad and Vadodara district panchayats.

As per the amendment, the term of presidents and vice presidents have been cut down to two and a half years despite the panchayats' term being five years.

It necessitates elections for these posts halfway through the panchayats' terms. The petitioners contended that this is against the original scheme of the Panchayats Act, and unconstitutional.

Incidentally, the elections to the posts of presidents and vice presidents of over 200 taluka panchayats and 31 district panchayats were held today across Gujarat.

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