There are 4,716 segments, including 2,430 reserved for women, in 266 gram panchayats in Mysuru district. The polls for all seats are likely to be held in December.
“I will improve basic facilities, encourage students in the village to pursue higher education and help residents get government-sponsored works and benefits,” said Sambram, who returned from Bengaluru and intends to contest the poll in Benakanahalli gram panchayat.
Sambram and some other youngsters say instead of being just a vote bank for politicians, they want to become a part of the system to bring about meaningful change in the lives of villagers. Their possible entry into local politics has become a major talking point in village sheds and other meeting joints.
M Puttaswamy, who lives in Kirugunda village, Nanjangud taluk, said it was a good sign that youths and educated people were considering contesting GP polls.
Zilla panchayat assistant secretary Krishna said the district administration had made preparations to conduct the GP elections with revised voter and roaster reservation lists as per the directions from the state election panel and district deputy commissioner. The election panel, he added, has already issued a standard operating procedure (SOP), which advises social distancing, virtual campaigning and door-to-door campaigns not involving more than five people at a time. If a person with Covid-19 wants to contest, they can send their nomination papers through a nominee to the returning officer, he said.