AP High Court suspends GO that gives financial power to village secretaries

In a crucial decision, the Andhra Pradesh High Court on Monday suspended GO No. 2 issued by the government to delegate some powers of gram sarpanches and panchayat secretaries to village revenue officers (VROs). The court almost concurred with the contention of the petitioner that the government had introduced the village secretariat system as an alternate power centre to gram panchayats. 
Special Chief Secretary (Department of Gram Volunteers/Ward Volunteers and Village Secretariats/Ward Secretariats) Ajay Jain on March 25 issued the GO delegating certain executive and drawing and disbursement and administrative functions to the VROs to ensure better service delivery through the village secretariats and for better coordination between gram panchayat and village secretariats.