With the first phase of Panchayat elections to be held on February 9 in Andhra Pradesh, the elections for the post of sarpanch was unanimous in several villages across the state in continuation of the age-old traditions.
As per reports on Thursday, elections in 3,249 gram panchayats across the state will be conducted, out of which 452 panchayats are already declared unanimous. Out of these, the highest number of 96 panchayats in Chittoor district and the lowest number of 6 panchayats in Anantapur district were said to be unanimous.
The list of Gram Panchayats, which were declared unanimous, district- wise are:
The state government has recently increased cash incentives for panchayats which are declared unanimous. For panchayats with a population of less than 2,000 an incentive of Rs 5 Lakh will be given, Rs 10 Lakh to gram panchayats with a population of less than 5,000 from 2001 and Rs 15 Lakh to panchayats with a population of less than 5001 to 10,000.
AP Panchayat Poll schedule
Phase - I - February 9
Phase- II - February 13
Phase-III - February 17
Phase-IV - February 21