JK Govt. committed to strengthen democratic institutions: Sagar

Jammu, December 26 (Scoop News)-Maintaining that the government is committed to strengthen democratic institutions in the state, Minister for Rural Development, Law, Justice, Parliamentary Affairs and Panchayati Raj,  Ali Mohammad Sagar has said that a vibrant and empowered panchayati raj has system been established for ensuring effective democratic decentralization of powers at the grass root level.

            The Minister was speaking after inaugurating Panchayat Ghar constructed with an estimated cost of Rs. 20 lakh at Mathwar in Bhalwal block here today.

            Minister of State for Rural Development,  Ajaz Ahmed Khan, Advisor to Chief Minister,  Davinder Rana, MLA Nagrota,  Jugal Kishore,  Rattan Lal Gupta, Directors of Rural Development, Jammu and Kashmir,  Shafiq Ahmed Raina, Mir Altaf Ahmed, Additional District Development Commissioner, Jammu, Ms. Rehana Batool, SE REW, ACD Jammu,  K K Sidha and other senior officers of the department and administration were present.

             Sagar said that the government has ensured adequate empowerment of the Panchayti Raj Institutions (PRIs) by empowering them with powers of 14 vital departments and this has created flutters in a particular political party, which in a state of frustration has now resorted to spreading lies and false rumors. He said that the said party had initially opposed the holding of Panchayati Elections and the subsequent empowerment of the PRIs but the people by participating in large numbers in the elections have given them a befitting reply.

            While responding to the demands of Panches and Sarpanches, the Minister said that the government would very shortly provide insurance cover to the them, besides providing adequate remuneration to them. He said that the government led by Omar Abdullah believes in sustained action rather than rhetoric and false promises.

            Minister of State for Rural Development,  Ajaz Khan while speaking on the occasion said that the government has ensured the empowerment of people at grass root level but putting in place a vibrant Panchayati Raj System (PRS) and care would be taken to ensure that the same is strengthened in every aspect.

            He said that the government believes in fulfilling all the commitments made by it so that the democratic set up is further strengthened and the benefit of various welfare programs percolates to the targeted and genuine beneficiaries. 

            Advisor to Chief Minister,  Davinder Rana while highlighting the importance of proper infrastructure for carrying out the day-to-day activities of PRIs said that the same would be strengthened in every nook and corner of the state in order to facilitate the working of PRS in the state.

             Rana said that the government will leave no stone unturned to ensure that democratic decentralization of powers takes place in the state at every level. He said that the holding of panchayati elections and putting in place a vibrant PRS was a watershed in the political history of the state maintaining the party which had initially opposed it has now in a state of frustration resorted to lies and false hood.

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