The Tamil Nadu government today appointed special officers for civic bodies in the State, on a day when the tenure of civic representatives has come to an end.
With the Madras high court ruling out local body elections in October, it has become necessary for the state government to appoint special officers to perform the duties of the corporation council, municipalities and panchayats.
Tamil Nadu local bodies will have special officers for the first time after 1996. Once the elections to local bodies were held in 1996, the special officer posts were abolished.
As per the provisions of the Urban Local Bodies Act 1998 as well as the Tamil Nadu Panchayats Act 1994, special officers can be appointed who will perform the duties of the elected members.
Last week, Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao had promulgated two ordinances to amend laws relating to rural and urban local bodies in the State for the appointment of special officers to discharge the functions of elected representatives until newly elected representatives take over after the civic polls are held.
The ordinance said these special officers would exercise the powers and discharge the functions of the elected representatives until the day on which the first meetings of these representatives are held after ordinary elections to the urban and rural local bodies or up to December 31 this year, whichever is earlier.
The Tamil Nadu Panchayats (Third Amendment) Ordinance, 2016 and the Tamil Nadu Municipals Laws (Third Amendment) Ordinance, 2016 made amendments to Tamil Nadu Panchayats Act, 1994 and other laws relating to the Municipal Corporations and Municipalities in Tamil Nadu.