GoI gives 7 cr ‘healing touch’ to JK’s disgruntled Sarpanchs, Panchs

600 Educated Panchayat Representatives To Visit AP For Special Training, Others To Tour Kerala, Orissa, Maharashtra


Srinagar, Jan 7: In a move to “boost the morale” of Jammu and Kashmir’s disgruntled Panchayat representatives, the Government of India has sanctioned Rs 7 crore for “specialized training” of all the 33,000 Panchs and Sarpanchs. The training would be conducted in various states of India.
 To begin with, a batch of 600 educated Sarpanchs will travel to Andhra Pradesh for a four-day special training session.
 The move comes at a time when Panchayat representatives are feeling agitated over the delay in devolution of powers by the J&K government.
 Sources said the Government of India sanctioned the funds after observing record participation of Sarpanchs and Panchs in the recently held Legislative Council elections to four seats from the Panchayat quota.
 “The move is purely aimed at strengthening the Panchayat Raj Institutions in J&K and to raise the confidence of Panchayat representatives in the democratic institutions,” said a source, privy to the decision. 
 Commissioner/Secretary of J&K’s Rural Development Department, Farooq Ahmed Peer said the Government of India has sanctioned Rs 7 Crore for the training program for the Sarpanchs and Panchs.
 “Of this, Rs 4.50 crore has already been released. Rest of the amount will be released shortly,” Peer told Greater Kashmir. “The amount has been sanctioned under Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF), a GoI sponsored scheme.”
 He said the government has selected 600 educated Sarpanchs, who would visit Andhra Pradesh in the second or the last week of January. “We have at least 2000 educated Panchayat representatives. The training session will last for four days,” he said.
 He said the government has selected educated Sarpanchs for the first phase so that they could communicate with the trainers at ease. “The training will be imparted to all 33000 Panchayat representatives. They will travel to States like Kerala, Orissa and Maharashtra,” Peer said.
 He said the visit will help boost the morale of Sarpanchs. “They will also get an opportunity to visit the respective Panchayat halqas of Andhra Pradesh and other States to get firsthand account of work,” Peer said.
  He said J&K government has already announced the monthly stipend and insurance cover to the Sarpanchs and Panchs for which Rs 100 crore would be kept in the State budget 2013-14. “As far the insurance cover is concerned, we are in touch with the insurance companies. They need to have a new product for the Sarpanchs and Panchs,” he said. “We have told the insurance companies to frame a new scheme for the Panchayat representatives.”
 The Sarpanchs and Panchs have termed the move as a “welcome development.” “Elections were held in April 2011 with a record participation of people. It has been more than two years, but we are yet to get powers as promised by the government. Now if Government of India has decided to chip-in to help make us aware of the real Panchayati raj, we welcome it,” said Sirajudin Bhat, a Sarpanch from Central Kashmir’s Budgam district.  
 National Conference MLC Ali Muhammad Dar, who represents Sarpanchs and Panchs in the Legislative Council, admitted that the Panchayat representatives in the State were unaware of the powers they have. “The visit to other States of India, where Panchayati raj is flourishing, will be big advantage for our Sarpanchs and Panchs. They will get the firsthand account of functioning of the panchayats and much more,” Dar said. He said the visits will broaden the vision of Sarpanchs and Panchs, who feel isolated in their respective areas.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 7 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 7 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 8 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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