Srinagar: Expressing satisfaction over
the massive participation of people in the on-going Panchayat
elections in Jammu and Kashmir, Union minister Farooq Abdullah
today said the exercise would help in strengthening democracy
at the grassroot level.
The establishment of the Panchayati Raj would also
help in mitigating people`s problems, the National Conference
president said interacting with party leaders here.
"The people are desirous of seeing their problems
addressed and the establishment of the Panchayati Raj will
play a vital role in this regard," he said.
Abdullah appealed to the people to take part in the
remaining phases of Panchayat elections enthusiastically.
The absence of the Panchayati Raj was a major obstacle
in the development of rural areas, he said adding crores of
rupees could be utilised in developmental works after the
Panchayats are established.
Abdullah met party general secretary Sheikh Nazir
Ahmad and the two discussed in detail the prevailing political
situation in the state.
The two leaders also discussed party matters, an NC