Tamil Nadu Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao has 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 Tamil Nadu Panchyats (Third Amendment) Ordinance 2016, promulgated by Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao on October 17 for further amending the Tamil Nadu Panchayats Act, 1994, has been issued as the term of the present local bodies will come to an end later this month.
The promulgation of ordinances by the Governor, which were notified in an extraordinary issue of the State Government Gazette earlier this week, followed the decision of Tamil Nadu government in the light of the order of the Madras High Court which had set aside the election notification of the Tamil Nadu State Election Commission and directed to appoint special officers till newly elected representatives take over after fresh elections are held.
“Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, or in any other law for the time being in force, the Government may, by notification, appoint Special Officers to exercise the powers and discharge the functions of the village panchayats, the panchayat union councils or the district panchayats, as the case may be,” till the first meeting of these local bodies were held after ordinary elections,” the ordinance said.
The Governor also promulgated the Tamil Nadu Municipal Laws (Third Amendment) Ordinance, 2016 to amend the Tamil Nadu District Municipalities Act, 1920. Dated October 17, 2016, the ordinance also covered acts governing the Municipal Corporations of Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelveli, Salem, Tiruppur, Erode, Vellore, Thoothukudi, Thanjavur and Dindidgul for appointing Special Officers “to exercise the powers and discharge the functions” of the corporations.