‘J&K govt keen on giving more powers to sarpanchs’
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Last Updated: Monday, July 11, 2011, 20:07
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government will transfer powers to the sarpanchs and panchs in the state for effective implementation of work at the grassroots level, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said.

"My government is keen on transferring powers to you and decentralise the administration so that grass root public representatives are involved in policy framing and execution of works in their localities," he said.

The chief minister told the newly elected sarpanchs and panchs at Aishmuqam in Anantnag district in south Kashmir that they would be issued photo-identity cards to help them carry out their work properly.

"I have asked the Rural Development Department to provide Photo Identity Cards to sarpanchs and panchs so that they can meet officers without any hassles, and their dignity is also protected at all levels," he said.

He underlined the importance of public empowerment in reducing malpractices saying the development process in the state would witness transformation due to Panchayati Raj for which all decks have been cleared.

"Panchayat Raj in the state is an important measure to realise the dream of Naya Kashmir (new Kashmir)," he said, asking them to shoulder their responsibilities towards the people on socio-economic fronts.

Omar said a state like Jammu and Kashmir cannot be run from the secretariat or provincial level.

"We have vast mountainous and far off areas besides geographical diversity and climatic variation. The situation like this demands area specific attention," he said, maintaining that panchayat system is the only way forward to address such a requirement.


First Published: Monday, July 11, 2011, 20:07

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