The Telangana government would appoint "person in-charges" in place of village heads whose term comes to an end on August 1.
A team of senior officials led by state Chief Secretary SK Joshi, briefing Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, made it clear that there is no alternative except appointing "person in-charges" in place of the village Sarpanchs, a release from the Chief Minister's Office said in Hyderabad on Tuesday.
Though there are demands that outgoing village heads be appointed as "person in-charges", it cannot be done as per law, the officials told Mr Rao, it said.
The officers briefed Mr Rao about the exercise and the reasons for appointing officers as "person in-charges," it said.
With 4,383 new Gram Panchayats coming into existence from August 2 (as per a law made by the state assembly), the number of Gram Panchayats in Telangana has increased to 12,751, according to a separate release.
Talking about new Gram Panchayats coming into existence, Mr Rao said the occasion should be taken as an opportunity to develop the villages tremendously.
Meanwhile, a meeting of the state cabinet would be held on July 27.
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