Cabinet nod to 73rd ammendment

SRINAGAR:The State Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah on Saturday has accepted to incorporate some important provisions of 73rd Amendment in Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act.

Giving certain vital details about the cabinet decision, a cabinet minister said: “The chairman of Block Development Councils and District Development and Planning Boards will now be elected by Panchs and Sarpanches,” the minister said adding that the cabinet has also agreed on approving 73rd Amendment provisions assuring elections after every five years term of Panchayats.

The cabinet has also agreed on the 73rd Amendment provisions by virtue of which separate Finance Commission and Election Commission are to be constituted besides ensuring reservation in second and third tier of Panchayats. 

Congress happy

Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Prof Saif-u-Din Soz on Saturday expressed satisfaction over the state cabinet’s nod for incorporation of 73rd amendment provisions.

Soz thanked Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for backing the PCC on this long pending demand. “I express gratitude to Mr Rahul Gandhi for his firm stand on this issue and for his support to the state Congress which has resulted in today’s cabinet decision.”

He said that he is also thankful to the present coalition government for evolving consensus and unanimity on this important issue which according to him has a direct impact on the grass root level governance. “It has been our long and consistent demand that the best provisions of the 73rd amendment must be incorporated into the state Panchayat Raj Act which will not only introduce transparency but will surely bring accountability in the governance,” Soz said, while terming the cabinet’s nod a big achievement for the state Congress.

He said that now the chairmen of the block councils and district level boards would be elected representatives and not selected among few. 

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