Thiruvananthapuram: A decision has been made to augment the count of gram panchayats, municipalities, and corporations in the state through the division of wards. The objective is to enhance the overall count by 10 percent by subdividing the larger Gram panchayats. In accordance with this, the committee of officers responsible for the study will put forth recommendations to the government concerning the division of wards. As a result, the count of Gram panchayats will surpass 1000, up from the current 941.
The recommendation advises against dividing block panchayats. However, there will be an expansion in the number of wards within district panchayats. The proposal also outlines the formation of new municipalities and corporations.
The municipalities of Alappuzha, Kottayam, and Palakkad are being considered eligible for elevation to the status of corporations. This transition will also entail a modification in the number of wards within these municipalities. The division will be based on factors such as population, income, and area. Local self-government bodies without revenue implications will not be taken into account for division. Currently, 68 Gram panchayats and certain municipalities are facing a crisis in paying salaries to their employees. The current situation will persist in such panchayats.