Mayors in Rajasthan to be elected through direct elections

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Jaipur, Aug 30 (UNI) Mayors and Chairpersons in Municipal Corporations or Municipalities in Rajasthan will now be elected through direct elections.

The Rajasthan Government has decided to promulgate ordinance- Rajasthan Municipalities Ordinance 2008, to accommodate the above provision and other municipal reforms in the form of a model unified Municipal Act.

The Rajasthan Cabinet today approved the draft of the ordinance and asked the Urban Development Department to forward the same to Governor S K Singh for his consent.

After the Governor's consent the ordinance will be sent to the President Pratibha Patil for the obligatory approval, Rajasthan State Government Spokesman and P W D Minister Rajendra Singh Rathore said.

The new act would ensure more autonomy and would pave the way for bringing a series of reforms in the functioning of the Civic bodies, Mr Rathore said.

The new act was being brought to replace the 49-year-old Rajasthan Municipal act, 1959, he added.

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