Omar reviews status, says BDC elections soon

DEVOLUTION OF POWERS TO PRIs

GK NEWS NETWORK

Jammu, Jan 14: Indicating that elections to the Block Development Council of Panchayats would be held in next few weeks, the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Monday reaffirmed his government’s “sincere commitment” for empowered three-tier Panchayat Raj System in the State. The Chief Minister also alleged that some elements were bent upon ‘derailing this process’.
 The Chief Minister acknowledged that Panchayat members in some areas have security concerns. “Despite threats, the Panchayat members are firm on ground to serve people and fullfil their objective of mitigating the difficulties of people,” he said and lauded them for this ‘spirit’
 “The government is with you at all levels and our commitment for an empowered Panchayat Raj system is firm and final,” he said, assuring all support to the Panchs and Sarpanchs in performing  functions of public service in a smooth way.
 Omar was addressing an interaction session of district-level government functionaries from Jammu division who represented 14 departments from where the functions and powers have been transferred to Panchayat institutions.
 Omar said the establishment of Panchayat Block Development Councils would further strengthen the process of utilization of powers transferred to these institutions. “We expect elections of Panchayat Block Development Councils (BDC) within some weeks which would enable the Panchayat institutions to utilize all powers transferred to them,” he said, impressing upon the officers to develop a mindset of working in tandem with Panchayat members while respecting their representative character and making them fully aware of their involvement and powers in the development process.
 In his speech, Minister for Rural Development Ali Muhammad Sagar said suggested placement of Rs. 5 lakh by the government at the disposal of each panchayat halqa with financial powers for undertaking smaller works. He also underlined the need for fast tracking the proposal of insurance cover and honorarium for Panches and Sarpanches moved by the Rural Development Department.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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