Maharashtra govt now has power to disqualify corporators
Mumbai city news: The government took the decision reportedly because of the delay in decisions from the high court, which has led to a large number of pending casesmumbai Updated: Jun 21, 2017 01:20 IST
The state government now has the power to disqualify elected representative in municipal corporations, councils, district councils or other local bodies.
On Tuesday, the state cabinet decided to amend section 7(ii) of Local Authority Members Disqualification Act, Maharashtra 1987, to enact the amendment.
After the disqualification, a corporator will now have to file an appeal with the state government instead of the high court.
The government took the decision reportedly because of the delay in decisions from the high court, which has led to a large number of pending cases.
The high court had also suggested that the state government decide on these cases.
A collector or commissioner will have 90 days to decide on the case.
A corporator will have to appeal to rural development or urban development department within 30 days of his disqualification.
The disqualified member will have the option to appeal to the high court if he/ she disagrees with the minister’s decision.
The state cabinet also decided to include diploma and degree courses of agriculture and allied course in scholarship scheme for students from economically backward class. Under the scheme, the state pays 50% of the fees.