Nagrota, Nov 9: Senior National Conference leader and Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats, Ali Muhammad Sagar and Provincial President, J&K National Conference, Jammu Province, Devender Singh Rana on Saturday expressed concern over growing tendencies of inciting passions and said that instead of highlighting polices and programme, some political outfits were unleashing hatred between various segments of people with an eye on 2014 elections.
"National Conference will fight tooth and nail these elements to keep the flag of secularism aloft", they said while addressing the inaugural function of newly constructed Panchayat Garh at Marh at Block Dansal.
The two leaders castigated those creating wedge between various segments of the society in the name of religion and region and hoped that the sagacious people will foil their game plan by maintaining unity.
Inaugurating the Panchayat Garh, Sagar, who is also Minister for Rural Development, termed Panchayati Raj representatives as important part of governance and said that they should actively involve themselves in ensuring sustained development of their areas and implementation of various welfare schemes initiated by the Government.
The Minister said that holding of Panchayati elections and putting in place fully empowered Panchayati Raj system has been a watershed development in the history of the State, by which powers have been devolved to the grass-root level. He said these institutions have been empowered with powers of 14 vital departments and senior officer of the rank of Additional District Development Commissioner has been made the nodal officer to monitor the same.
Rana described Panchayat elections as landmark achievement of the Chief Minister and said if late Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah will be remembered for the revolutionary land reforms, Omar Abdullah will be known for giving new impetus to democracy at grass roots level. "Putting Panchayats in place in a very challenging situation had been acknowledged by one and all", he said, adding that these democratic institutions have galavansised the rural masses and injected renewed enthusiasm in them to take their own decisions with regard to rural development.