Congress government should have acted faster in implementing state’s Panchayat Raj law: Aiyar

The new Karnataka Panchayat Raj law was formulated based on the recommendations of the committee headed by Congressman KR Ramesh Kumar under the Siddaramaiah government

The new Karnataka Panchayat Raj law was formulated based on the recommendations of the committee headed by Congressman KR Ramesh Kumar under the Siddaramaiah government

Former Congress Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar said on Thursday that the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government “did not move fast enough” in implementing the Karnataka Panchayat Raj law, “although the law enacted by state is arguably the best in the country”.

The new Karnataka Panchayat Raj law was formulated based on the recommendations of the committee headed by Congress MP KR Ramesh Kumar under the previous Congress government.

“In my view, unfortunately, the Congress government did not move quickly enough to implement the law, and naturally the non-Congress government that came in did not show the same sense of ownership of the Committee’s recommendations Ramesh Kumar. As a result, the law has gone largely unchecked,” Mr Aiyar said.

The former Union minister recalled the contributions of deceased leaders such as Abdul Nazir Sab, MY Ghorpade to the raj panchayat and said that more than 40 lakh women have been elected to the raj panchayat bodies in the country, this which was more than the women elected members of the world.

If the law was implemented with political commitment, Karnataka would gain the top spot in the country in implementing decentralization governance. Unlike in the north and east of the country, the panchayat raj system has made considerable progress in the south and west of the country, the congress leader said.

He also looked at the government led by Narendra Modi and said that institutional sanctity has been subordinated over the past eight years.

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