Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Sarpanches Association on Thursday urged Pradesh Congress Committee president Botsa Satyanarayana to ensure that the sarpanches continue in the posts even after August 23 when their terms expire.
Submitting a memorandum to the PCC chief at the Gandhi Bhavan, honourary president of the Sarpanches Association Pilli Venkata Sathi Raju and president Dokuru Rammohan Reddy pointed out to Mr Satyanarayana that the government has failed to conduct elections for the sarpanches posts due to a petition pending before the Court.
The Sarpanches’ leaders pointed out that since the five-year terms are about expire on August 23, the government must allow the present sarpanches to continue in their posts, till the time alternate arrangements are made.
The leaders appealed to the PCC chief to prevail upon the state government to continue them as in-charge sarpanches to address the people’s problems.
Mr Sathi Raju also reminded the PCC chief that the then governments in 1988 and 1995 had continued with the sarpanches after their terms had expired.
On his part, Mr Satyanarayana assured them that he would take up the issue with concerned Minister and Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and make complete efforts to remove the legal hurdles in the case.
The PCC chief also assured that the government would run the administration with the people’s representatives and not through officials.
Mr Satyanarayana also asked the sarpanches to play a crucial role between the government and people and ensure that the government schemes to reach the genuine beneficiaries.(INN)