Lt Governor of Puducherry, Kiran Bedi on Monday made out a strong case for revival of the Panchayat system in the Union Territory. Her whatsapp message read, "Puducherry is nothaving Panchayat system (now) and is suffering because thereis absence of effective and accountable grass rootcoordination.. This needs an urgent revival."
Puducherry had its last civic polls in 2006 (after a gap of 38 years) and all the bodies formed during that period had their tenure till 2011. She has however claimed that no election has been held after the municipalities and commune panchayats completed their five year term in 2011 and local bodies came under the purview of the special officers since last six years.
There are four municipalities (two in Puducherry and one each in Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam besides ten communepanchayats and 98 village panchayats all over the UnionTerritory).
Further, Bedi said that the elected representatives, appointed public servants and the non-governmental agencies along with their activists need to have a convergence of purpose.
"Unless this happens we will keep losing time and precious resources," she said adding that anyone could be the hub to bring the three together. There should also be realistic planning associating all the stake holders and people would also gain a sense of ownership and leadership. "
"This is called transformational democracy and thisis what Puducherry needs urgently for larger good," she said.
With PTI inputs