Srinagar, Nov 7: The Government Wednesday said it has received only 50 resignations from Sarpanchs and Panchs in the wake of attacks and threats to the Panchayat representatives. Not a single resignation has been accepted so far.
The Government statement questions the claims of hundreds of Sarpanchs and Panchs who have published their resignations in local newspapers or announced them in public. Minister for Law, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, Ali Muhammad Sagar told reater Kashmir, “After the killing of two Panchayat representatives earlier, around 50 such people have resigned officially. No resignation has been accepted.”
The resignations came in the wake of killing of five Sarpanchs and Panchs by unknown gunmen across the valley, besides threats and warnings.
Sagar said that any Panchayat representative has to give resignation to a Block Development Officer or Assistant Commissioner Development. “There is a proper way for a representative to resign as he has been elected through a proper procedure,” the Minister added.
Officials in Panchayat Raj Ministry said that once the resignations of these Panchayat representatives are accepted, the Government has to announce by-elections for these areas.
Well informed police sources said that around 725 Panchayat representatives have tendered their resignation through different local newspapers and through announcements in public.
Sources said that on September 25, around 80 Sarpanchs and Panchs resigned in Baramulla district following killing of a Deputy Sarpanch Muhammad Shafi Teli in Wagoora area.
Earlier, in the same district following the killing of Sarpanch Ghulam Muhammad Yatoo in Palhallan area on September 10, at least 15 Panchs and Sarpanchs resigned from their posts. “So far around 350 Panchayat representatives from Baramulla district have resigned either by announcing it in public or through newspapers,” police sources maintain.
The killing, attacks and threats started in February 2011 when unidentified gunmen shot dead Ghulam Hassan Dar of Hajin area of Bandipora district in north Kashmir. He, police says, was preparing to contest Panchayat election.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 7 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 7 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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