Minister stresses on need for unified municipal law

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Hyderabad, Oct 8 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister Koneru Ranga Rao today underlined the need for a 'unified municipal law' in the state, integrating the existing Municipal Corporations and Municipalities laws, for its development.

Inaugurating the one-day workshop on 'Unified Municipal Law' here, he said it would be helpful for better fund utilisation and improved services.

Some municipalities were not getting funds to take up developmental activities with the existing five Municipal Laws in the state.

He said the committee, headed by retired IAS officer M Prasada Rao, appointed by the state government, had submitted its report in this regard, after studying the existing municipal laws in Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and West Bengal.

The Minister asked the officials, public representatives and intellectuals, attending the workshop, to furnish their views on the proposal, based on the report.

He said the proposal was a part of reforms that were being undertaken under various developmental schemes in the Urban Local Bodies in the state.

Principal Secretary (Municipal Administration and Urban Development) S P Singh said the delivery of the services would be easier in the municipalities and corporations if the law was implemented.

UNI

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