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(iv) Control the officers and employees working under the Panchayat, subject to the general superintendence and the control of the President.

(v) discharge all the duties and exercise all the powers specifically imposed or conferred on the Secretary by or under this Act.

16[(vi) meet the expenses delegated by the President;

(vii) give amounts either by cheque or cash for all kinds of expenditure authorised by the Panchayat;

(viii) be responsible for the safe custody of the Panchayat fund;

(ix) maintain and keep the accounts of receipts and expenditure of the Panchayat; and

(x) keep the records of the meeting and proceedings of the Panchayat; and

(xi) have power to initiate disciplinary action against the employees of the Panchayat referred to in section 180.]

17[(xii) Place before the Standing Committee for finance the monthly accounts of the Panchayat before the tenth of the succeeding month or at the first meeting of the succeeding month;

(xiii) prepare the annual accounts and the B.C. B. Statement of the preceding financial year and place before the Panchayat before the thirtieth of. June of the succeeding financial year;

(xiv) furnish the returns, accounts statements and other details when called for by the Government or any audit authority;

(xv) inspect or cause to be inspected the accounts of the institutions under the control of the Panchayat;

(xvi) keep the records of the Panchayat, the Standing Committees, the Executive Committees, such other Committees and the Grama Sabhas;

(xvii) Co-ordinate the preparation of the annual plans and five year plans within the time specified by the Government so as to enable the District Planning Committee to approve the same;

(xviii) disburse the plan funds to the officers concerned and to render utilisation certificate to the Government as ordered by it.]

NOTES

Secretary of Grama Panchayat has to take an independent decision on the issue of either granting or refusing renewal of lease. He is not justified in giving his seal of approval on the decision taken by the Committee of Grama Panchayat, which amounts to usurpation of powers on the part of Grama Panchayat. Sreedharan N. v. Kalluvathukkal Panchayath, Kollam and Others - 2015 (1) KHC 540 : 2015 (1) KLT 778 : 2015 (2) KLJ 238.

Resolutions passed by Panchayat - Giving effect to - Scope of proviso - Held, what is stated in proviso is with regard to reporting to Government by Secretary on issues of policy affecting welfare of people of Grama Panchayat, rather than any issue affecting a single individual. If it is shown that the said