Srinagar – State Congress President Prof Saif-ud-Din Soz Tuesday urged Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to accept the provisions of the 73rd Amendment of the Constitution of India to empower Sarpanchs and Panchs in the state.
In a letter to the CM, he said, The J&K Pradesh Congress Committee has been requesting you for a long time that the provisions of the 73rd Amendment of the Constitution of India need to be adopted by the State Government in order to empower the Sarpanchs and Panchs, so that they render service to the society.
It is widely known, that you claimed lot of credit for the Government that 80 to 85 percent of the people in J&K State Participated in the Panchayat elections and it was recognized, both nationally and internationally, that these elections were held very freely and fairly. The Congress has remained steadfast in its demand that the provisions under 73rd Amendment of the Constitution have to be adopted in J&K, so that the Sarpanchs and Panchs feel fully empowered. In recent times we requested you that if the
National Conference is not ready to adopt 73rd Amendment of the Constitution of India, if so facto, it can incorporate these provisions in the Panchayati Raj act of the State, he added.
Prof Soz requested Omar to take measures for accepting the provisions of the 73rd Amendment of the Constitution of India.
In the last meeting of the Coordination Committee, I had also suggested that Sarpanchs and Panchs should be offered some honorarium say Rs. 3000/ to Sarpanchs and Rs. 2000/ to Panchs, and a fresh demand for grant should be raised with Government of India. It was last week that I wrote to Jairam Ramesh Union Minister of RDD to agree with us to provide necessary amount of the money for grant of honorarium to Sarpanchs and Panchs. I have also made an earnest request to Honble Prime Minister to grant this amount of money to Government of Jammu and Kashmir. I also met Home Minister recently and requested him to support the demand for grants, Prof Soz said.
I would request you to raise the demand with Government of India for the required amount of money for sanction as honorarium to Sarpanchs and Panchs. I would also request you to make up your mind on holding elections to the Panchayats at the Block Level as also holding elections for four seats on which Candidates would be elected for the J&K Legislative Council, he added.
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