By Majid Nabi
Srinagar- All J&K Panchayat Conference, an umbrella body of all Panchs and Sarpanchs, Wednesday held a protest demanding elections for all the three tiers of the Panchayats are held simultaneously in the newly carved out Union Territory.
The protesting Panchs and Sarpanch’s also appealed to the administration to extend their term by two years so that developmental works hit by the centre’s August 5, 2019 move and COVID-19 pandemic are completed on time.
They also demanded that elections for all the three tiers of the Panchayats should be held simultaneously and merger of DDC’s are ensured for smooth functioning of Panchayati Raj system in J&K.
Chanting slogans “Extend our term by two years, ensure three-tier elections in J&K”, hundreds of Panchs and Sarpanchs as per their proposed program staged a protest at Press Enclave in Srinagar to press for the simultaneous elections under a three-tier system of government.
Protesters also appealed to the government to restore full ration quota supply to J&K and ensure people won’t be hit with enhanced monthly electricity bills.
They also urged the government to create a Ladakh pattern job policy so that the job rights of people of J&K are secured like that of the people of Ladakh.
“We have assembled here with a charter of demands and want the center and the LG administration to consider those demands on priority. At the outset, all Panchayati Raj elections should be held together as per three-tier system of the government or extend our term by two more years, if elections can’t be held at the moment,” Shafiq Ahmad Mir, Chairman All J&K Panchayat Conference told reporters.
Mir said the government is duty-bound to resolve the issues people of J&K have been confronting on the ground including that of the reduction in ration quota supply, enhanced electricity bills and other allied issues.
He also appealed to the government to release pending wages of MGNREGA workers, which he said have not been released over the years, causing poor workers to suffer immensely.
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