AJKPC demands 73rd Amendment before election

JAMMU: With the state government proposing to hold delayed Panchayat polls from February 15, All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference, (AJKPC) today demanded equal budgetary allocation of special funds exclusively for each Panchayat ward to ensure balanced development and end the voices of discrimination. All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference has demanded implementation of 73rd amendment of Indian Constitution regarding Panchayati Raj in the state of Jammu and Kashmir before conducting Panchayat elections in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is pertinent to mention here that J&K government has announced to hold Panchayat elections in state in the month of February 2018 which were due for the past one and half year. An emergency meeting of ex Panchayat members held at Jammu today discussed the issue in detail and threatened to protest against the state government which weakened democratic institutions in the state. Speaking on the occasion, president AJKPC Anil Sharma said that they will protest against state government for its denial to extend 73rd amendment in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Sharma said that such elections are just a drama of the state government to get the central funds release but it will not serve any purpose to the people of the state. Threatening to launch an agitation against the state government the Panchayat leaders said that they will not accept such dramas of Govt. and fight for the real Panchayati Raj as in other states of the country. Addressing a press conference here, Anil Sharma, president of the organization urged the Centre particularly Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, and the state Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to allocate special funds of Rs. 10 lakh each exclusively to be used by each Panchayat ward to meet the local demands and ensure involvement of all stakeholders in development activity. Sharma said as the State government have hinted to hold Panchayat elections soon therefore it would be in the best interest of the people of the state if budgetary provisions is made for allocation of funds for each Panchayat ward separately. AJKPC President also raised the issue of families of the martyr Panchayat members who have not been provided any compensation and urged the state government to provide government jobs to the next of the kin of the deceased Panchayat members. Gautam Singh Jamwal, Raj Kumar, Ram Pal Sharma, Yash Pal Singh Charak, Ashwani Sharma, Mohd Sadiq, Ajeet Singh Charak, Kant Kumar Sharma and Vijay Tagotra were also present on the occasion.