Gujarat State Election Commission on December 19 said that the polling in 8,684-Gram Panchayats has been completed with an average voter turn out of 60% till 6 PM. Reportedly, overall voting remained peacefully, barring a few ''minor controversies and clashes in the polls''. On December 21, the counting of votes will be started. Notably, the Gujarat Assembly elections are scheduled for the next year.
To ensure effective management of human-animal conflicts, the Centre directed the gram panchayats to play an active role. The committee on National Board of Wildlife has asked to utilize funds from the PM Fasal Bima Yojana to make provisions of fodder inside the forests. Moreover, the board has asked to provide compensation to victims along with installing early warning systems, toll-free hotline numbers for emergencies, and… read-more
Courtesy: The Finacial Express
Keeping the unsatisfying election candidates in mind, elders of Aurandh village in Mainpuri District of UP devised a method of internal polls for gram panchayat election, conducted on January 4. Reportedly, a seven-member committee was set up for the internal voting and three candidates preferred by all were selected. As per the villagers, this method to select the panchayat head also averts political rivalries, "once sparked during the polls… read-more
Courtesy: The New Indian Express