Panchayats may face resistance from MLAs: Soz
Srinagar, June 5: Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) Chief Prof Saif-ud-Din Soz on Sunday said that newly elected Panchayats may face “resistance” from Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs).
“Panchayats will initially face some resistance from MLAs as they can feel that they have lost authority,” Soz told Greater Kashmir at the sidelines of a function here.
However, he quickly added “MLAs have their own sphere and the Sarpanchs will have their own area of work,” he added.
Soz also stressed the need to start ‘financial devolution’ to local bodies, so that the people enjoy benefits of development at their door steps.
“We need to work on providing funds to the Panchayat institutions which is not taking place yet,” he said.
“The Panchayati Raj,” Soz said, “Can be made strong only when local governance is strong. The success of Panchs is possible only when we elect block level representatives to debate the role of Panchayats”, he said.
Soz defended the decision of various political parties to support the candidates who contested the Panchayat elections. “It’s not the violation of fundamentals of Panchayats Raj to support the representatives but it depends upon the aspirations of elected Sarpanchs and Panchs to get associated with political parties. We can’t refuse to support them,” he said.
Pertinently, Panchayat polls in JK were held on non-party basis. However, various political parties, including Congress claimed that their candidates emerged victorious in several regions.
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