With too much politics at panchayat level affecting development activities, the West Bengal government is considering making the three-tier panchayat system in the state apolitical.
"We need to expedite the pace of development at the panchayat level by making the entire system apolitical.
Politics in development activities under panchayat is intolerable", state's Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Chandranath Sinha said.
Non-political rural bodies will help uproot petty politics that often stall rural development projects under panchayat, he said.
"If the entire system could be made apolitical by making the panchayat election free from political symbols, we hope development will be faster and free from any political disturbance", Sinha said.
"If everything goes well, it will need an amendment to the Panchayat Act - 1973 and related rules that are framed before the 1978 panchayat polls, which can be moved in the state assembly by next year as the next Panchayat election is due in 2013", Sinha said.
The minister said, "To take up a drastic change in the entire panchayat system, we need to think a lot and the process also needs discussion with other political parties for their observation".
Sinha said that a proposal has already been sent to the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in this regard along with the progress of various development activities at panchayat level during the first 200-days of the government under her leadership.