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Which was the mode of election for members of the Panchayat Samithi, under the Andhra Pradesh Panchayat Samithis and Zilla Parishads Act of 1959 ?
1. All Village Panchayat Presidents under the Samithi were ex-officio members
2. Direct election by voters
3. Elected by ward members of Village Panchayats under the Samithi
4. One member was nominated by each Village Panchayat under the Samithi

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Correct Answer - Option 1 : All Village Panchayat Presidents under the Samithi were ex-officio members

The correct answer is All Village Panchayat Presidents under the Samithi were ex-officio members.

  • Andhra Pradesh Panchayat Samithi and Zila Parishads Act of 1959
  • This act is first published in the Andhra Pradesh Gazette.
  • This act extends to the whole of the State of Andhra Pradesh
  • Every Panchayat Samithi shall by the name of the Block for which is constituted or reconstituted.
  • Every Panchayat Samithi shall consist of the following members:
  1. in the Andhra area, the president of every panchayat and in the Telangana area, the sarpanch of every panchayat, and the president of every town committee in the ex-officio.
  2. the member of the Legislative Council of the State specified in clause IV of sub-section 3 of section 56 as member of Zilla Parishad of the district, provided that such member of the legislative council shall be a member of only one Panchayat Samithi in such district.
  3. the following to be elected in the prescribed manner by the members specified in clauses I to IV from among the persons  who are registered voters in the block, but who are not already a member of the Panchayat Samithi:
  • Two women
  • one representative of the Scheduled Castes
  • one representative of the Scheduled Tribes.
  • two persons interested in rural development

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