Haryana assembly passes bill allowing people to remove sarpanch even before their tenure ends

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The Haryana assembly has passed a bill to amend the state panchayati raj act by introducing an option whereby people can recall their sarpanch even before their tenure ends. In other words, once the bill becomes an Act, people in Haryana would have a ‘right to recall’ their local representatives at the panchayat level if they are unhappy with their performance.

The Haryana Panchayati Raj (Second Amendment) Bill, 2020 has a provision of right to recall under which villagers can remove non-performing village sarpanch even before their tenure ends.

Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Singh Chautala, who moved the bill, said this law will bring in a “revolutionary change” in the working of the Panchayati Raj institution.

Discussing the provision of ‘right to recall’, Dushyant Chautala said the Development & Panchayats Department often receives complaints that sarpanchs are acting against public sentiments or are not performing as per expectations.

“Every year, hundreds of such complaints are submitted, right from the block level to the district and state level,” Chautala said.

The Deputy CM said as per the bill, in order to start the process to remove a sarpanch, the villagers would require to send a proposal that is signed by at least 33 per cent of the voters to the local block development, the panchayat officer and the chief election officer.

A meeting of the gram sabha would have to be called where the matter would be discussed. Following the discussion, a secret voting would be required to be held immediately and if 67 per cent villagers vote against the sarpanch, he/she would be removed.

Apart from this, a no-confidence motion can also be moved under this rule only after the sarpanch has completed one year in office.

“In case the motion fails to get two-third votes, then the no-confidence motion can be brought again after a gap of 12 months,” Chautala said.

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