Jammu: All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC) on Monday asked the political parties forming a new government in state should include implementation of 73rd and 74th amendment of Indian Constitution in their Common Minimum Program (CPM).
"We urge the leadership of both the political parties forming new government in the state to include the implementation of 73rd and 74th amendment of the Constitution in their Common Minimum Program so that grass root level democratic institutions like Panchayati Raj institutions and urban local bodies are strengthened," president of AJKPC, Anil Sharma told reporters here today.
He said without inclusion of Article 73rd and 74th of Panchayat Raj Act (PRA), there cannot be any development.
Sharma said AJKPC is raising this demand as it is hopeful that the new dispensation (BJP-PDP coalition) as and when takes over the regime would do justice with 33,000 Panchayat members and give them their due share.
He said former NC-Congress government could not fulfil its promise of empowering Panchayati Raj institutions, though they successfully conducted the 1st tier Panchayat Elections but they neither gave them the autonomy as envisaged in the Panchayati Raj Act of the state nor conducted the elections of block and district committees.
AJKPC leader demanded the implementation of 73rd and 74th amendments of the Indian Constitution in toto.
Bashir Malik, another senior leader of the AJKPC and Provincial President, Kashmir unit also endorsed the demand and asked PDP and BJP leadership to not forget their promise of decentralisation of power to the people which is possible only through the institutions of local self governance like panchayats and municipalities.
"We assure that Panchayats would cooperate with the new regime in executing their developmental and people welfare schemes without any political motives," he said.