Srinagar: Stating that time wasn’t conducive for holding of Panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir, CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami Wednesday said that state government had left people of Kashmir to fend for themselves in harsh winter.
Addressing a convention of party leaders and workers at Khanabal in Anantnag he said, “After unrest of 2016, government should take some confidence building measures (CBMs). It should release all political prisoners, review the cases of those booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) and revoke cases against hundreds of people especially youth. The government should take into consideration the ground realities before announcing the schedule for the panchayat polls.”
The CPI (M) leader also said that instead of allowing indirect election of Sarpanches by Panches, the government should empower the Panchyati Raj Institutions. “The way government has amended the PR Act it is undemocratic. This step will only weaken the Panchayati Raj Institutions in the State. The powers of these institutions have been diluted by successive governments and they never allowed self governance at grass roots level functional,” the MLA Kulgam said. “Panchyati Raj will only flourish when there is elected three-tier system. It consists of panchayats, block committees and District Development Boards. The chairman of the DDB shouldn’t be nominated but elected by the people as and when the situation for this becomes conducive. Otherwise this whole exercise looks half hearted.” (CNS)