8-member panel to prepare draft for amendments
Panchayat empowerment row
Srinagar, Jan 28: The row over empowerment of Sarpanchs and Panchs has forced the Speaker Legislative Assembly, Muhammad Akbar Lone, to constitute 8-member committee which would look into the matter, a vernacular news agency KNS reported on Saturday.
After the recent announcement of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Minister for Rural Development, Ali Muhammad Sagar that newly elected Panchayats would be empowered, sources said, several MLAs and MLCs have expressed their apprehensions that such a move could undermine their authority.
In the three-tier Panchayati Raj System Sarpanchs and Panchs elect chairmen of Block Development Councils. However, legislators demanded the chairmen of BDCs should be selected by them only.
Sources said the 8-member committee, headed by senior NC leader Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan held its first meeting in the chamber of the Speaker on Friday.
They said initially senior PDP leader Muzafar Hussain Beigh was asked to head the committee. However, after his refusal, Ramzan has been assigned the task.
“In the backdrop of proposed empowerment of Panchayats, legislators are demanding that their powers must be defined,” sources said.
The committee with MLAs G M Saroori and Abdul Majeed Wani (Congress), Nizam-ud-Din Bhat (PDP), Mir Saifullah (NC), Harsh Dev Singh (Panthers Party), MLCs Murtaza Khan (PDP) and Ravinder Sharman (Congress), as its members, has been formed to prepare a draft of amendment which would be moved in the ensuing assembly session, sources added.
However, sources said that Murtaza Khan of PDP walked out of the meeting in protest.
Khan confirmed that he didn’t attend the meeting. “My party’s stand is empowerment of Panchayats that is why Beigh sahib refused to be the chairman of the Committee. If Omar sahib and Sagar sahib say they want empowerment of Panchayats then what is the problem,” he asked.
Khan claimed that they were not in favour of any amendments. (KNS)
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