ULBs delayed by present regime: Mufti Sayeed

Jammu, Jan 28: Hitting out at the NC-led coalition for taking credit for holding Panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir, opposition PDP today said democratic institutions in the state have become first casuality of the government's "wrong policies".
 "This government has systematically dismantled all democratic institutions during the last four years," former chief minister and PDP patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed said at a public meeting at Raipur-Domana.
 He said establishment of Panchayati Raj and devolution of powers at the grassroots level was still a distant dream in Jammu and Kashmir.
 The PDP leader accused the state government of conducting Panchayati elections only to get grants which were blocked by the Centre for not conducting Panchayati elections in the state.
 He said the way this government has been delaying elections of the Block Development Councils and District Development Councils, it was is clear that it was not keen on decentralising power.
 Mufti said that Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) elections, which were due in February 2010, have been delayed by the present regime thus depriving people of their democratic rights.
 He also alleged that level of corruption in the government has reached "staggering proportions".
 Assuring the people that PDP has already launched a campaign to establish a new corruption-free system of justice and equality, Sayeed said he has been addressing public meetings in different areas of the state to spread the message of the party to change the present "inefficient and corrupt" system.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 28 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 28 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 29 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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