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The News Minute | December 28, 2014 | 11:30 am IST  The Karnataka government has issued orders banning heads of panchayats and municipalities from carrying official files to their homes in a bid to stop husbands from acting as “proxy” for their elected wives in the local bodies, states a report by The New Indian Express.  A circular was reportedly issued following the intervention of husbands of elected women members in the Ballari City Corporation (BCC) during the monthly meeting. According to the government order, Executive Officers and Chief Executive Officers have been asked to ensure that the presidents and vice-presidents of the local bodies do not carry official files to their homes. The officials will be held responsible in case of any violation of the order, the government has warned.“The directives have been issued to prevent misuse of power by the husbands or any male member of the family of the elected women of any local body,” an official in the department told The New Indian Express.  The News Minute, for an earlier story, had called 15 women councillors of BBMP at random to find that 10 of the phone numbers provided for the councillors were being answered by their husbands, brothers and even a brother-in-law.  Tweet Read the full report here: Hello, this is the councillor's husband. How may I help you?
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