Mumbai: Opposition MLAs on Monday staged a walkout in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly in protest against tabling of a bill to appoint administrators on gram panchayats whose term has expired.
Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis said the matter is sub justice and the bill was contrary to the government's affidavit filed in the high court.
"Make appointments as per high court's directives," he said. Speaking on the issue, state Rural Development Minister Hasan Mushrif said private persons will not be appointed as administrators.
"Sarpanchs cannot be given extension. We have appointed government officials as per the court directives.Now, 8 to 9 gram panchayats come under one administrator due to which there is a chaotic situation," he said.
Mushrif said the court also said that government officials will also not be allowed to be appointed as administrators. The court has said such a mention should be made in the legislation, the minister said.