Panchayat Conference stages protest, demands empowerment

Panchayat Conference stages protest, demands empowerment
Photo: Aman Farooq/GK

Srinagar, Dec 22: Scores of elected Sarpanchs from various districts of Kashmir held a protest in Srinagar on Wednesday. The Sarpanchs said that the administration is “disempowering them while common people are suffering”.

The aggrieved assembled at Press Enclave here on Wednesday under the banner of All J&K Panchayat Conference to put forth their demands.

“For the last three years, we are facing discrimination at the hands of the administration. We are elected representatives and we deserve due respect and cooperation to execute our duties. Government associated class fourth employees with panchayat but no one is making them accountable and they are not working under us. Low budget works below Rs 10 lakh rupees were supposed to be executed through us but that is also not happening. We also want that government should make departments accountable and should make sure that they work in coordination with us,” said Anwar Khan, District president Panchayat Conference.

The protesting sarpanchs said that they have been asking the government to allocate an “emergency budget” for common people. However, the protesting Sarpanchs said said nothing of that sort was being done.

They said involvement of Panchayats should be increased in government works. This they said will increase the synergy between the government and Sarpanchs.

“Instead of empowering us, we have been kept out and there is no accountability. If we have been elected then where are our authority and rights,”said a Sarpanch.

They said that Panchayat Conference has put forth a memorandum to LG Manoj Sinha. “We they hope the demands will be looked into. If the demands are not met, we will hit roads in every district” said the Sarpanchs.

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