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J-K Congress takes dig at BJP for disempowering elected BDCs, arbitrary delimitation of DDCs

Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee has taken strong exception to the arbitrary decisions, regarding the creation of District Development Council seats ignoring the population and topography of districts besides disempowering the elected BDCs mid way during the currency of their tenure, since .teh BJP had failed to win the majority of seats in the elections to the Pachayat bodies, even in the absence of any major opposition parties in the fray.

Addressing press conference here today Chief Spokesperson of the party Shri Ravinder Sharma alongwith General Secretary PCC Incharge Jammu District andformer Minister Shri Yogesh Sawhney and Secretary Incharge Media Neeraj Gupta, questioned the sudden introduction for the change of Panchayat Raj system during the currency of the present term of the elected  Panchayat Bodies, thereby disempowering them besides adopting an arbitrary creation of DDC seats neglecting the criteria of population in bigger districts besides ignoring the topography etc. which has caused total confusion and chaos in the PRIs, majority of whom are facing security risks. However the ruling BJP shall not  succeed in its political designs as the people are highly critical of the politics of deceits and betrayals  and  the  arbitrary and undemocratic disbanding  and downgrading of the historical state into UT and disempowering the people  besides the utter failure of the  BJP  on various fronts.

On one hand the ruling BJP was  instrumental in weakening the important provisions of 73rd and 74th  incorporated in the state Panchayat Raj laws besides not implementing the most important provisions of independent “Election Commission” “Finance Commission” and apex anti-corruption body “Ombudsman” which shows the real intention of the ruling BJP.

Sharma reminded the BJP in coalition with PDP was instrumental in the weakening of 73rd when it amended the Panchayat Raj Act to avoid direct elections to Sarpanchs. Then Governor Shri N.N. Vohra had later undone the said amendment, after the Congress party and other opposition as well general public opposed the BJP attempt to weaken the Panchayat Raj system.  When elections to the BDCs were held, the BJP was badly defeated and could not win majority of seats in the various districts, as a result the BJP Govt. came out with new structure for the district Boards without adopting a fair criteria of delimitation of council seats. What is the justification for the equal number of seats for larger districts like Jammu, Rajouri, Kathua as compared to smaller districts with two or three assembly segments. The no. of BDC seats should have been proportional to the population of the respective districts with more seats to bigger districts and this task of delimitation was to be done by Independent election Commission for fairness and transparency.

The job of delimitation was assigned to the Election Commission in the state also, as provided by the 73rd  in the  act where a retired High Court judge or a person of the level of High Court judge had to head the state election commission, but it was diluted by ruling BJP-PDP Govt. to keep control over the system and now see the result where only  three days have been given for filing objections, whereas the basic formula of the creation of equal number of DDC seats  is arbitrary and unjustified.

The Finance Commission Act was enacted by Congress-NC besides apex anti corruption body “ombudsman” Act in 2010 but the Govt. failed to set up these important institutions for the financial viability and accountability of the Panchayat Raj System.

Favouring full empowerment of the PRIs in terms of 73rd & 74th and implementation of already incorporated provisions in the state act, the JKPCC demanded due share to each district depending upon its population. The party expressed serious concern over the security situation in the Valley where around two dozen PRIs and political workers besides a number of police and security personnel were martyred in the terrorist attacks. The Govt. failed to provide secured environment for revival of political activities while it is planning for such a big exercise without taking measures of adequate security, especially to the PRIs and the opposition parties to keep them indoors.

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