Tribune News Service
Shimla, August 19
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has approved the criteria for creating new gram panchayats. Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Virender Kanwar said in non-tribal areas panchayats would be carved out from panchayats with a minimum population of 2,000, having 500 or more households and with the farthest village from the gram sabha headquarters 5 km or more away. This would be subject to the condition that the minimum population before and after bifurcation is 600.
In tribal areas, the new gram panchayats would be created from panchayats with a population of 750 or more, provided the minimum population of the existing and new panchayat is 300. The minister said about 220 gram panchayats in non-tribal areas and eight in tribal areas fulfilled the approved criteria.
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