Srinagar: Maintaining that Jammu and Kashmir is on a path of peace and prosperity, the Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Monday urged Panchayat representatives for their greater involvement in making the democratic institutions more transparent and accountable.
Birla, who arrived in Srinagar on Sunday, met with the representatives of District Development Council (DDC), Block Development Council (BDC) and Sarpanches of Panchayati Raj Institutions of Anantnag District and other nearby areas at Pahalgam on Monday, an official spokesperson said.
He said that the Lok Sabha Speaker congratulated the newly elected local representatives and said that the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is on the path of peace and prosperity.
“The Speaker added that Panchayati Raj Institutions in the UT have been strengthened and appealed to the local representatives for their greater involvement in making the democratic institutions more transparent and accountable,” he added.
Observing that the roots of Indian democracy are in our tradition, Birla, as per the official spokesperson urged the Panchayati Raj representatives to work towards fulfillment of hopes and aspirations of the people.
“Mentioning that decentralisation of power is the key to success of democracy and development, Birla called for greater coordination among administration and Panchayati Raj Institutions so that the fruits of development reach the intended beneficiaries,” he said.
“In this regard, Birla stressed on the importance of consensus and dialogue and said that all democratic institutions must interact among themselves and they should also devise a set of rules and procedures for structured functioning. Birla also said that Gram Sabhas should meet regularly to address people's issues,” he added.
According to the official spokesperson, the LS Speaker stated that J&K has tremendous potential for tourism and export and called for measures for boosting marketing and export of local handicrafts and artefacts in national and international markets.
He further said that the Panchayat representatives lauded the initiative of Birla for his historic visit and said that the visit of the Lok Sabha Speaker would boost democracy at the grass roots level.
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