Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir Congress on Saturday said that empowerment of the Panchayati Raj institution in the state is ‘top priority’ for the ruling coalition.

"The NC-Congress coalition government is according top priority to the empowerment of the Panchayati Raj in the state on the pattern of the 73rd Amendment of the Constitution," the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president Saifuddin Soz said while addressing a rally on the outskirts of Jammu city.

Stressing on the need for effective local governance, Soz said an honorarium should be paid to the village heads across the state to ensure "they are not cash-strapped while catering to the people".

Soz called on Governor N N Vohra here and discussed various issues including strengthening of the Panchayati Raj institution in the state, a Raj Bhawan spokesman said.

(Agencies)