Provisions of 73rd Amendment Already Incorporated in State Act: Sagar

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Srinagar – Reiterating that the government has already incorporated the spirit and the thrust of 73rd amendment of Indian Constitution, the Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Law Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar has said that the major recommendations and pre- requisites of it have already been incorporated in the Panchayati Raj Act of the J&K State.

The Minister was interacting with mediapersons here today.

Reacting to the issue of providing security to the Panchayati Raj representatives, the Minister said that the Chief Minister has already issued instructions to the security agencies about the same so that they would effectively monitor it. He said that the culprits involved in the recent killings of some panches and Sarpanches would be identified very soon and necessary action would be initiated against them.

Referring to the holding of elections to the block development councils, the Minister said that the notification would be issued in the first week of October and the process would be completed within November. “By putting in place the third tier of the Panchayati Raj system we would be ensuring that the effective decentralization of powers is ensured”, he said and maintained that the government is sincere in ensuring the democratic decentralization of powers and in this regard the panches and sarpanches have already been empowered with the funds, functions and functionaries of 14 vital departments transferred to Panchayats.

The Minister earlier convened a high level meeting to oversee the pace of work being done on the revered shrine of Hazrat Peer Dastigeer Sahab (RA). It was attended by the Managing Director JKPCC, Chief Engineer R&B, Convenor INTACH, representatives of the Wakaf Board and other senior officers.

Mr. Sagar directed the officers to ensure that the work is done on war footing so that the commitment made by the Chief Minister is implemented fully. He said that the people of every section of the society are deeply attached to  it and care should be taken to see it that it is completed within the stipulated time.

The Minister also asked them to work in close synergy with each other so that bottlenecks if any are removed at an earliest. He said that care should be taken that the shrine is reconstructed on the older pattern and in this regard the work should be executed in consonance with the technical advice given by INTACH.  

Mr. Sagar also visited Dargah Hazratbal Shrine and took stock of the damages caused to it. He was accompanied by District Development Commissioner, Srinagar, and other senior officers.

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