In Malout block as many as 29 panchayat secretaries are present as against 11 sanctioned posts
Nawanshahr: Jaskirat Singh of ‘The Association for Democratic Right’s’ (AFDR) and a local Right to Information (RTI) activist Parvinder Singh Kittna have urged the Chief Election Commissioner, Punjab to deploy panchayat secretaries ‘rationally’ in districts like Muktsar and Bathinda. The duo had filed an RTI application in office of Block Development Panchayat Officer (BDPO) in October 2016, seeking information on the number of panchayat officers deployed in the area.
The RTI report revealed that panchayat secretaries were present in big numbers in Bathinda, Muktsar and Ferozpur districts. The AFDR engages itself in bringing improvements in the field of elections at the national level. According to Kittna, the information stated in the RTI report revealed that in some blocks the panchayat administration suffered due to lack of adequate manpower while at some other places their numbers were much more than their sanctioned posts. At least there were three panchayat secretaries who had not been allotted any village to work for.
Giving further details, Kittna pointed that in SBS Nagar (Nawanshahr) district, in the Aurr development block, two panchayat secretaries were currently working though it required 16 panchayat secretaries. These two secretaries are looking after the work of as many as 74 villages in the block.
In the Balachaur block 14 out of the total 20 such posts are lying vacant while in the adjoining Garhshankar block falling in Hoshiarpur district 23 out of total 28 posts are lie vacant. The number of vacant posts in Nawanshahr block is 11 out of total 19, in Doraha 10 out of 14 in Doraha block in Ludhiana district and 5 out of 19 in Majitha block in Amritsar district.
However, in Gidderbaha block in Muktsar district, 18 panchayat secretaries are working as against nine sanctioned posts. Some of the panchayat secretaries are looking after only one village/circle each while three posted there had not been allotted to a single village to work towards.
However, Malout block even surpasses Gidderbaha as many as 29 panchayat secretaries are present as against 11 sanctioned posts. In the two blocks – Rampur and Talwandi Sabo, all the sanctioned posts are filled up with 6 and 10 panchayat secretaries, respectively.
“Such appointments seem political and the appointees could work for their political masters during the upcoming poll,” maintained the social and RTI activist while urging the CEO to act at the earliest in the interest of free and fair poll in Punjab.
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