Panchayati Raj Minister Anil Sharma has refuted the opposition’s accusations of manipulating the panchayats elections scheduled to be held in December this year, and discontinuing the software prepared for the reservation after spending from state exchequer.

Anil Sharma, in a press statement, clarified that Govt was forced to discontinue to implement the software prepared by the Department in association with NIC for the reservation as the department has to terminate the services of computer programmers and operators appointed at Block and District levels after the Union Government closed the Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashktikaran Abhiyan. He said

It affected the proper functioning of the software and the government ultimately decided to complete the reservation process manually

Minister claimed of ensuring transparency in the reservation process and rejected any kind of manipulations as was being apprehended by the BJP leaders. He further stated that all Deputy Commissioners and District Panchayat Officers had been directed to ensure transparency in the process.

Panchayati Raj Minister also denied allegations of BJP over the implementation of the roster of panchayati raj elections for 10 years and claimed that the same was under consideration of the Government of India and the State has only given its comments in its favour.

Anil Sharma also denied creating any new panchayat as of now and blamed opposition leaders’ for racking up the issue for their own political reasons.

He alleged that the Union Government had completely cut down the funds to the Zila Parishads and Panchayat Samitis which were being provided under 14th Finance Commission whereas under 13th Finance Commission Zila Parishads were getting 50 percent and Panchayat Samitis were being given 30 percent funds.