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CPI demands devolution of powers to local bodies

Written by: Staff

Vijayawada, Aug 8 (UNI) A large number of Communist Party of India (CPI) workers in Andhra Pradesh today organised a rally from Tummallapalli Kalakshetram to Municipal Corporation Office demanding the government to devolve more powers to local bodies.

Talking to newsperson CPI State Secretary K Narayana, who led the rally, said the government had promised in the run up to the polls, to devolve more powers to the local bodies as envisaged in the 74th constitution amendment.

The agitators also sought the release of pending arrears and grants to the corporation.

Urging the government to allot more powers to the Corporation Mayors, he said the additional powers given to the Municipal Commissioners should be also curtailed.

Besides, Mr Narayanan called up on the government to implement Mayor-in-Council System, as in West Bengal, to facilitate effective governance.

Alleging that the developmental works were stalled due to the non-release of funds, Mr Naryana sought the immediate release of pending arrears of Rs 100 crore to the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation.

The rally was followed by a three-day relay fast which was organised to press for the same demands.


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