Hyderabad: The Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development, Mr Maheedar Reddy, on Wednesday said that there were six proposals to upgrade six municipalities into ‘municipal corporations’ and some major gram panchayats into municipalities. The proposals were under active consideration of the State government, he added. He also announced that 4,038 vacant posts in the municipal bodies would be filled in the next three months.
Speaking to mediapersons in his chamber at the Secretariat, Mr Maheedar Reddy said that the formation of new municipalities and expansion of limits of existing municipalities were under examination of the government. On the proposals of upgradation of gram panchayats, the Municipal department would hold consultations with the Panchayat Raj department. The viability and public opinion on upgradation of panchayats as municipalities would be taken into consideration while taking a decision in the matter, he maintained.
Stating that it would not be possible to conduct elections to newly-forming municipalities along with existing ones, the Minister said that time would be required for conduct of elections to newly forming municipalities as there was a need to settle the reservations and other issues. The list of gram panchayats, which would be upgraded into municipalities, would be announced before the release of election notification for PR elections, he added.
Mr Reddy also said that the government would present the details of census enumeration in urban bodies to the State Election Commission after it was completed by June 29.
Stating that no municipality and Municipal Corporation had full fledged staff, he said though the area of urban bodies was expanded, no recruitment of employees was taken up in the last 15 years. About 4,038 vacant posts in urban bodies would be filled within three months in a phased manner.
“We will try to fill these posts through APPSC to bring transparency in the recruitment. If the APPSC did not respond positively to the request of the State government for recruitment of the posts, an Officials Committee would be set up and seek help of the universities in conducting recruitment test”, he added.
The minister also appealed to the animal lovers to cooperate with the government in taking action in view of the increasing Rabies deaths due to dog bites. Actually, dog bites were less this year compared to last year. However, there was need to bring the dog bite cases to zero, he added. The government should have flexibility to take action in the cases of dogs, which were infected by Rabies. Regarding non-infected dogs, vaccination would be taken up, he added.
The Minister informed that out of four rabies deaths at Rajahmundry, two cases were due to pet dog bites. The people should not release their pet dogs on the streets that would cause transmission of Rabies infection to them from street dogs. The people should also ensure vaccination to their pet dogs, he added.
About illegal constructions by top officials in Prashashan Nagar, the Minister made it clear that the government would not spare the persons, whoever they may resort to illegal constructions.