Centre Assures All Help To J&K Govt Over Threat To Panchayat Members

Centre Assures All Help To J&K Govt Over Threat To Panchayat Members

8 November 2012
Times of India


New Delhi: Amid growing security concerns of panchayat members who have been facing consistent threats from militants in Jammu & Kashmir, the Centre on Thursday promised to provide all assistance to the state government to deal with the situation. 'Whatever assistance the Jammu and Kashmir government wants, we will provide to them...We will give full assistance. There are no issues on that. There is nothing to be scared of,' Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said on sidelines of a function here. He was responding to a question on the reported resignation of nearly 800 panches and sarpanches in J&K through advertisements in various local dailies citing threat to their life. There are 33,000 panches and sarpanches in the state. State authorities have, however, stated that they have received only 50 resignations since the panchayat polls were held last year after a gap of nearly three decades. 'I want to request all people, including the separatists, ... please remain peaceful. We all want peace in Jammu and Kashmir,' he said, adding he was in regular touch with state CM Omar Abdullah and has offered him any help that may be required. His remark comes after the home ministry rushed additional 7,000 CRPF personnel to the state for helping the local police tackle the situation in the past one month.