A deputation of JK Local Bodies Panch Sarpanch Association (JKLBPSA) on Friday called on Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan and raised several issues.
Led by the Association President Molvi Tariq the delegation raised the challenges faced by them and sought intervention of the Advisor for their redressal.
The delegation demanded an increase in the honorarium of Panchs and Sarpanchs and said they should be provided accommodation within their own districts. They also demanded they should be kept in loop about the pre and post execution of works. Tariq said they were working with utmost dedication for strengthening of grassroots democracy in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Advisor asked them to work with utmost dedication and assured them they will get every kind of support from the government. He said they were the voice of people and people have expectations from them and there was a need for their empowerment.
He also asked them they should keep in touch with their respective District Commissioners and raise before them their issues. The Advisor asked them to monitor the work that was being executed in their respective areas. He also assured that the objective of the Panchayat Raj will be fulfilled and the government would not let them down under any circumstances.
Emphasizing the need for strengthening of the local institutions, the Advisor said there was a need for coordinated efforts for effective delivery of services and said that all the departments were with them. The Advisor assured them their immediate and long term demands and issues projected would be looked into for appropriate redressal so that they are settled in a time bound manner.