Hyderabad: The State Legislative Assembly on Saturday passed the Telangana Municipal Amendment Bill 2019, which vests on the State Election Commission (SEC) the power of conducting polls and deciding the election schedule.
Early this year, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao had introduced the Municipal Bill in the House and the same was passed by the Assembly. But the then Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan raised certain objections, as the Bill took away the power of the State Election Commission in deciding the dates of holding elections to the civic bodies.
Following these objections, the state government introduced the Amendment Bill during this session bestowing the power of holding civic polls on the SEC.
Introducing the Bill, Municipal Administration Minister K.T. Rama Rao explained that there were six different Acts in force in different towns and cities of the state.
Some of those provisions had become redundant and non-relevant due to the changed circumstances, necessitating enactment of a new Bill, the minister said.
The municipal administration minister said the main objective of the Bill is to ensure transparent and corruption-free civic administration to people, who approach civic bodies for permission to construct their houses and avail other services. Municipality means making citizens partners in governance, wherein the goal is to make the citizen the focal point of development.
“The law aims to make approvals corruption free and speedie, while ensuring transparent governance through use of modern technology,” the minister stated....