Karnataka govt panel recommends postponement of panchayat election

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The committee headed by Dr M K Sudharshan, in its report, suggested the state government to postpone the election scheduled to be held in December this year to February 2021 as the Covid-19 situation did not improve across the state

A technical committee appointed by the BS Yediyurappa government of Karnataka has recommended postponement of the Gram Panchayat elections in the state to next year in view of the continuing Covid-19 threat.

The committee headed by Dr M K Sudharshan, in its report, suggested the state government to postpone the election scheduled to be held in December this year to February 2021 as the Covid-19 situation did not improve across the state, said a UNI report.

The committee expressed its serious concern that if the GP polls were held as scheduled it may lead to virus spreading to not only village levels but also to each and every house also. Elections were due in Karnataka for 6021 gram panchayats.

The recommendation is in tune with the thinking in the government circles. A few days ago Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj KS Eshwarappa had opined that the best course of action is to postpone the election for the wellbeing of the villagers.

Health Minister K Sudhakara had also aired similar opinion. He said that the election could pose a risk to the villagers. According to him, the best time for holding the elections is March 2021 since the number of fresh Covid cases will reduce after February.

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