The State Cabinet on Tuesday approved the extension of four months to the tenure of mayors and deputy mayors by three months. Nagpur Mayor Nanda Jichkar too has got the extension. Earlier the government had extended the tenure of presidents and vice presidents of Zilla Parishad and chairman and vice chairman of panchayat samities across Maharashtra.
The tenure has been extended because of the upcoming State Assembly elections which are likely to be conducted later this year.
Sources said the State government employees and police department will be busy with preparations for the Assembly elections, hence extension has been given to the tenure of mayors and deputy mayors.
Nagpur mayor Nanda Jichkar and her Chandrapur counterpart Anjali Ghotekar had sought an extension of six months citing some pending developmental works in their respective cities.
The tenure of two-and-a-half years of both the mayors was about to end on September 5.
Jichkar has written a letter to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis seeking an extension while Chandrapur mayor Ghotekar has forwarded her letter to State finance minister and district guardian minister of Chandrapur Sudhir Mungantiwar.
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