Jammu: The wait for scores of villagers for development in Jammu and Kashmir will come to an end soon as the state government is expected to set up the Panchayati Raj on June 30 under the Panchayati Raj Act 1989.

The local body polls for 7050 villages were concluded on June 18 that lasted for nearly three months. A total of 4,130 ‘Sarpanch’ and 29,719 ‘Panch’ have been elected in the polls.

Chief Election Officer BR Sharma said, “We will hold elections for the remaining two blocks in Kargil on June 27,” and added that the government will then issue a notification to implement the Panchayati Raj Act.

With the enforcement of Panchayat Raj, the villagers will get the right to make their own decision. Not only this, the state government will receive financial assistance of Rs 500 crore for the development of villages from the Central Government.

The local body polls began in 2001 during the regime of National Conference after a period of 23 years but the election was constricted to its first phase only. In the absence of elections in most parts of the Valley, the Panchayat body was reduced to a mere formality.

Minister of State for Rural Development Aijaz Ahmad Khan said, “The state is serious for implementing Panchayat Raj.”

 

(JPN/Bureau)