Suggests Constitutional Guarantee For 5-Yr Term For Panchayats; Powers On Analogy Of Hill Development Council; Financial Audit By CAG; Constitution Of Election & Finance Commission


Srinagar, Nov 19: The panel constituted by the state Congress to suggest amendments to be incorporated in J&K Panchayati Raj Act has advocated constitutional guarantee for 5-year term to Panchayat representatives and financial audit of Panchayats by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India.
The party panel for Kashmir valley, headed by MLA Dooru Ghulam Ahmed Mir has suggested devolution of powers to Panchayats on the pattern of Hill Development Councils (HDCs) and end of nomination system for the posts of Block Chairmen and District Chairmen.
“We are for fool-proof three tier system of Panchayat Raj that’s why we demanded postponement of Block Development Council (BDC) polls,” Mir told Greater Kashmir. “We have suggested that there has to be constitutional guarantee for five-year term for the Panchayats. At present, even a single untoward political development, or for that matter a senior official can declare the Panchayat Halqa as null and void. So constitutional guarantee is a must,” he said.
He said the panel headed by him has finalized the list of provisions of the 73rd amendment to be incorporated in the J&K Panchayati Raj Act. “I think there should be no problem for our alliance partner (National Conference) to agree to what we have suggested in our report,” Mir said. He said the committee has recommended reservation for Schedule Tribe and Schedule Castes and women for BDC polls. “At the same time, we have also demanded some percentage of reservation for the Other Social Castes (OSCs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) as well,” he said.
Mir refused to divulge details of further recommendations. However, sources privy to the report said the committee has suggested that powers to dissolve Panchayats should be with the State Cabinet only. For the block-level elections, the Congress committee has advocated that any voter of a particular block can contest for the post of Block Chairman and there should be no nominations for the posts of Block Chairmen and District Chairmen. “Chairman of a block can be a Sarpanch and vice-chairman can be a Panch,” sources said.
The committee has, however, put a rider that for the post of District Chairman, a Member Parliament should not be eligible. “MPs should not be allowed to contest as they already have a vast constituency comprising more than three districts. An MLA or MLC too can become the elected chairman of the District,” a source said. He said the committee formed by the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief, Prof Saifuddin Soz, has kept the model of Hill Development Councils in mind while framing the report.
Sources said, the committee has stated in its report that despite the fact that the State Panchayat Raj Act has mention of constituting the Election Commission and Finance Commission, but on ground no commission is in place. “The report has vociferously demanded constitution of both commissions on fast-track basis,” sources said.
They said the committee has also evolved consensus that the fund-flow to Panchayats should be audited by CAG. “The report states, the way Assembly presents CAG report annually, fund flow to Panchayats should be audited by same authority,” sources said. The report, sources said, will be tabled in the NC-Congress Coordination Committee soon after Congress high command in New Delhi gives a go ahead for the same.
Pertinently, it took Congress more than a month to finalize the provisions it wanted to incorporate in the existing Panchayati Raj Act of the State. The party had stressed for the postponement of BDC elections for which the government had already issued notification and were supposed to be held on November 7.  The polls were cancelled through an ordinance approved by the State Cabinet.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 19 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 19 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 20 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • TwitThis
  • Mixx
  • Technorati
  • Facebook
  • NewsVine
  • Reddit
  • Google
  • LinkedIn
  • YahooMyWeb
  • Print News

Enter the Security code exactly as you see it in the image security code is CaSe SeNsItIvE(Cookies must be enabled)

  • Kashmir

‘Leh, Kargil poorly studied in terms of biodiversity, impacts of climate change on wetlands’

WWF Report Says Region Threatened By Unsustainable Tourism, Overgrazing, Resource Extraction


Srinagar, Nov 19: A report by the World Wildlife Fund (India Network) has revealed that Leh and Kargil regions of Jammu and Kashmir were poorly studied in terms of biodiversity and potential impacts of More

  • Srinagar City

Admin caught napping on defunct bypass lighting

2 years on highway plunged into darkness; PDD, R&B unmoved


Srinagar, Nov 19: For the past two odd years, driving down the busy stretch of Jammu-Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway snaking through the south City has been risky as this vital stretch is without lights More

  • Jammu

Building tourism infrastructure in JK must, but natural beauty is equally important: Omar

CM Pitches For Protection Of Environs, Chairs PDA Meeting

Jammu, Nov 19: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Monday reiterated the need for preserving natural beauty of J&K. He said the development of tourist infrastructure should not interfere in the serenity and More

  • World


92 Palestinians killed in 6 days of airstrikes


Gaza, Nov 19: Israeli airstrikes have pounded Gaza for a sixth day successive day, raising to 92 the number of Palestinians killed, as the UN Secretary-General calls for an immediate ceasefire. Three More

  • Bijbehara

Govt Primary school New Colony functions in shed

Students suffer, authorities mute

Where does money for educational infrastructure go?


BIJBEHARA: Belying tall claims of the Government of providing quality infrastructure and education to students, a Primary school here functions in a makeshift shed.  The Government Primary School More

Designed Developed and Maintaned By Imobisoft Ltd /Algosol Software Solutions