Gehlot approves delimitation, Raj to have 11,152 new panchayats

CM gives approval to recommendations made by Cabinet sub-committee

Jaipur: Chief minister Ashok Gehlot has approved delimitation of panchayats just a day before local bodies election. Now there will be 11,152 new gram panchayats and 343 panchayat samitis in state. CM gave approval to recommendations given by the Cabinet sub committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot to form new 48 panchayat samitis and 1,264 new panchayats in the state. Previously the number of panchayats was 9,888 and the number of panchayat samitis was 295 and after a big exercise in about 10 meetings proposal was sent to CMO.

Proposals were sought from districts by an order dated June 12, 2019 and the first meeting of the cabinet sub committee was held on September 23, while last meeting was on November 7 and now on November 15 the file from CMO has been approved.

In this the suggestions of most of the public representatives have been incorporated.

The Cabinet sub committee had used the basis that there should be one gram panchayat on population of 4,000 and a panchayat samiti on population of 2.5 lakhs.

The basis of not having more than two panchayat samitis in one tehsil was also kept and on thus the proposal to have three samitis from one place was rejected.

Rules have been relaxed in places like Jaisalmer. Though as per rules there is provision of one panchayat on population of 2,000 in rough terrain, tribal and less population areas but committee has given relaxation seeing the condition.

In the committee ministers Shanti Dhariwal, Bhanwarlal Meghwal, Harish Choudhary, Govind Singh Dotasara were there. But the absence of Dhariwal in last two meetings raised discussions. ACS Rajeshwar Singh took part in meeting and played an important role in this exercise.