80 Panchs, Sarpanchs Resigned In JK: GoI

80 Panchs, Sarpanchs Resigned In JK: GoI

13 December 2012
Rising Kashmir


New Delhi: Panchayati Raj Minister V Kishore Chandra Deo Thursday said out of 80 panchs and sarpanchs who resigned following militants threats in Jammu and Kashmir, 68 have withdrawn their resignations. In written reply to Rajya Sabha, Deo said, 'A total of 80 panchs and sarpanchs have tendered their resignation following militant threats in last one year. But of these 68 members have withdrawn their resignations.' On measures taken by the J&K government to provide security to panchs and sarpanchs, he said, 'Jammu and Kashmir government has taken some measures to ensure security to the elected representatives of panchayats. This includes night patrolling by security forces in areas which are perceived to be vulnerable to such attacks.' He said three panchs were killed by militants in Rampora, Palhalan and Nowpora in September this year.