74th Amendment for name sake only.  Congress

Says Panchayats, ULBs not empowered

Srinagar June 24,  (KNS):The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) today held a meeting of Senior Party Leaders and Councilors at Srinagar Party Office and vowed to fight against the wrong polices and injustice meted out to people on the part of Centre and State Govt.
The meeting also reviewed the organizational affairs and activities in Kashmir, many issues of public importance also came under discussion.
The meeting hit out at the Centre Govt for downgrading the Jammu and Kashmir, which was a full-fledged State and converting it into a smaller unit like Union territory and described it as an insult to people of Jammu and Kashmir.
The decision to downgrade J&K State was  so “annoying” to people, the meeting observed and vowed to fight for restoration of constitutional guarantees to Jammu and Kashmir.
The Councilors and BDC Chairmen present in the meeting gave feedback to JKPCC President, apprising him about the situation they were facing while discharging the duties for which they have been chosen.
in a statemetn issued to KNS reads,Whatever the promises and commitments have been made by the Govt, from time to time with regard to empowering ULBs and Panchayat have fallen flat, as a result these constitutional bodies stands heavily impacted due to lack of policies and inaction on the part of Centre. They told the President
JKPCC President G.A.Mir slammed both  Centre and State Govt for not fulfilling its commitment to empower Panchayats and ULBs  in Jammu and Kashmir, despite tall claims made from time to time with regard to empowerment of panchayats and ULBs nothing has been done.
The 74th Amendment of Panchayat Raj System  introduced by the then Congress Govt which empowers Panchayat bodies fully have even failed to receive the response of the ruling dispensation, ironically the Centre Govt and State has just made lip service on this front also, the commitment and tall claims made by the Centre were not visible on the ground, which has reversed the developmental process required to be implemented through PRIs. The 74th Amendment of the Panchayati Raj system was for name sake only, G. A. Mir said.
JKPCC President also expressed dismay over the failure of the Govt to reach out to people for resolution of their problems confronting them due to the continuous lockdown.
The meeting  also hit out at the State Govt for taking unilateral decisions with regard to many sensitive issues concerning J&K like that of stationing various departments in Jammu as well as in Kashmir and said such orders have the potential to create misunderstand in both the Divisions, for the fact, it was ultimately the common people, who would suffer on account of seeking resolution  of their problems in  various departments in Civil Secretariat.
Disturbing the historical Darbar Move amid Covid-19 mess without developing consensus with the political leadership sans logic, needs to be rectified in the larger interest of people of Jammu and Kashmir, the meeting observed.
Taking the opportunity of the meeting, JKPCC President G.A. Mir urged the Centre to come out with special package for Jammu and Kashmir especially for Tourism, Trade, Transporters and for those who were fully dependent on their daily earnings to ensure that they were able to resume their activities and feed their families.
Adding that J&K is worst hit on every front due to wrong policies adopted by the Centre, PCC President said that Congress Party feels duty bound to fight against injustice and wrong polices on the part of Centre and State Govt and make them accountable and answerable to people.   
JKPCC Vice President Haji Abdul Rashid and General Secretary Surinder Singh Channi also addressed the meeting.
DCC Presidents Imtiyaz Parray, Abdul Gani Khan, Fayaz Ahmad Mir, Chairman Baramulla MC Umer Kakroo, Chairman Hajin MC Irshad Ahmad Wani, MC Chairman Bandipora Bashrat Ahmad and various other Party leaders and Councilors were also present in the meeting. (KNS)

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