JAMMU: Opposition National Conference has expressed concern over what it called arbitrary delimitation of panchayats and reiterated its demand for constitution of an empowered delimitation commission headed by a retired high court judge.
An NC delegation, led by its general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar, called on Governor N N Vohra Thursday and cast aspersions on the “doubtful process being followed to delimit Wards and the Panchayats prior to the forthcoming elections”, an official spokesman said here.
The delegation also raised concern over casualties during operations carried out by the government forces and the problems faced by people due to the government’s policy to link the supply of rations to the Aadhar number of the beneficiary at a time when the majority of the ration card holders were still to receive the Aadhar registration cards.
A NC spokesman said the delegation told the governor that the party views with “grave concern the process initiated by the Jammu and Kashmir Government with regard to delimitation of Panchayats and their wards across the state through Department of Rural Development and Panchayats.”
“Reportedly the exercise is to be completed within seven days, according to a circular, issued by the government,” a memorandum submitted by the party to the governor said adding that the delimitation process was being carried out in the “most arbitrary manner and is not in consonance with the laid down norms and procedures of the Panchayati Raj Act.”
The party alleged that the government was delimiting the panchayats and wards as per political convenience and suitability of the PDP-BJP dispensation.
It also demanded that the delimitation be done based on the voter list data of 2017, instead of the 2011 census.
While informing the delegation that their concerns would be taken up with the state government the governor urged the NC leaders to individually and collectively take all possible initiatives which would result in reducing alienation of the youth and also appealed to them to continue their endeavours for promoting peace and normalcy in the state, the official spokesman said.