Panchayat Members To Campaign Against NC Ahead Of 2014 Polls

Panchayat Members To Campaign Against NC Ahead Of 2014 Polls

17 June 2013
The Tribune (Chandigarh)


Srinagar: Welcoming the Centre’s decision to sanction Rs 10 lakh to each panchayat in the state, the All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC) has flayed the ruling National Conference (NC) for being the ‘main hurdle’ in the empowerment of panchayats. AJKPC chairman Shafiq Mir said the panchayat members would “teach a lesson” to the NC in the 2014 Assembly elections by launching a state-wide campaign. “The NC is the main hurdle as it has failed to play a positive role in the empowerment of panchayats. We will teach the ruling party a lesson in 2014 elections,” Mir told mediapersons on the sidelines of a function held here. Mir said the AJKPC would launch a state wide campaign along with the elected panchayat members. “The panches and sarpanches are representatives of their villages and we are preparing a plan of action regarding the campaign,” he added. While Mir welcomed the Centre’s recent announcement to provide Rs 10 lakh to each panchayat, he claimed that the state had “no role” to play in this regard. “We have been in touch with the Centre and also held meetings with Rahul Gandhi and all credit goes to him….the announcement had been delayed due to the anti-panchayat attitude of the state government. We have been in contact with the Centre and the state had no role,” he claimed. Mir also expressed apprehensions that the state government may ‘create impediments’ in the release of the announced central funds. Stating that “lot is yet to be done” vis-à-vis panchayat empowerment in the state and the same was “not possible” till the present coalition government was in power, he said “some” Congress leaders too had failed to play a positive role regarding their empowerment. However, he thanked Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee chief Prof Saifuddin Soz for being ‘vocal’ about the empowerment of panchayats.