The Punjab government has dissolved all the 12,775 panchayats in the state,thus paving ways for elections. Announcing the dissolution of all panchayats,Punjab Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Surjit Singh Rakhra said the election process will be completed before May 31.
Addressing mediapersons in Mohali,Rakhra said notification for the elections may be issued within a week.
Reiterating the governments resolve to ensure free and fair election,he said: Strict instructions have been issued to officers in this regard. After the dissolution of panchayats,BDPOs,panchayat officers and JEs have been conferred administrative powers so that day-to-day works of village may not suffer. Rakhra added that the government has constituted 399 new gram panchayats,four panchayat samities and two zila parishads. With this new entry,now election for 13,110 gram panchayats,145 panchayat samities and 22 zila parishads will be conducted, he said.