No dilution of stand on 73rd amendment: Soz


Srinagar, Nov 13: State Congress chief Prof Saif-ud-Din Soz Tuesday said there was no dilution in the party’s stand on extension of provisions of 73rd amendment of Indian Constitution to J&K and the party will continue its fight for empowerment of Panchayat institutions.
“A section of the press has created a little misunderstanding about the Congress party’s stand on 73rd amendment of the constitution of India. It has also been observed wrongly that the Congress has diluted its stand on this proposition,” Soz said in a statement. “We very much stand for the empowerment of Panchayati institutions.”
Soz said Congress had at no point of time suggested adoption of 73rd Amendment of the constitution of India. “We had all along emphasized that since 73rd Amendment of the Constitution of India enshrines several measures necessary for empowerment of Panchayat institutions, these provisions need to be incorporated into the Panchayat Act of the State,” he said.
He said the party has also stressed that the question of incorporation of the 73rd amendment of the Constitution of India would be decided through consensus between the coalition partners- NC and Congress.
“As is known to the people, the elections to the Block Development Councils were postponed for a short time (one-and-half months), so that the Congress would go into the question of incorporation of  certain provisions of the 73rd Amendment and come up with a comprehensive paper. I had constituted a committee on this which held its meeting in Jammu recently. I am confident that the Congress will be able to place its recommendation in this behalf at the next meeting of the Coordination Committee which is going to be held next week,” Soz said.
Pertinently, Soz on Monday told journalists in Jammu that the “issue was not inclusion of the 73rd Amendment in toto. “We wanted some provisions that would enhance the powers of the Panchayat members”, he said.
Meanwhile, the NC- Congress CC has come to an understanding that the coalition should take all measures to make Sarpanchs and Panchs feel safe and secure. “The other areas of understanding are that the Sarpanchs and Panchs must get a monthly honorarium. Another element of the understanding is that the Sarpanchs and Panchs shall be given an insurance cover. The premium for which will be paid by the J&K government,” Soz said.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 13 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 13 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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