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Call all party-meeting on PR act, CPI-M

Posted on Nov 14, 03:58PM | UNI

Stating that the deliberations on Panchayat empowerment should not be confined to the Coalition's coordination committee meetings, Communist Party of India (M) today asked the state government to convene an all party meeting to evolve a broader consensus on the issue.

It is encouraging, if the coordination committee of the coalition partners has discussed some issues related to insurance and other concerns of Panchs and Sarpanchs, state secretary CPI (M) Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami said in a statement here.

But in a holistic manner, the empowerment of Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs) in the state needs threadbare consultations that can happen only when the state government convenes an all party meeting as soon as possible, Mr Tarigami observed.

He said all political parties in such a meeting can discuss the positive provisions of amendments affected to the Indian constitution and can well chalk out amendments on the same pattern keeping in view the interests of the people of the Jammu and Kashmir.

'Any delay in empowerment of these grassroots level bodies is bound to erode the essence and sanctity of these institutions,' he added.

Mr Tarigami said deferring the elections to Block Development Councils (BDCs) illustrates utter confusion and non seriousness among coalition partners vis--vis empowerment of the PRI's in the State.

'We think that no 'concern' or reservation should become an impediment in way of holding direct elections for the remaining two tiers of Panchayat Raj system.' It is undeniably pathetic and painful that a highly hailed electoral exercise aimed at grass root level democratization is being rendered into an unendurable liability.

The shrill and cries of representatives of grass root level institutions on the issue of their security, absence of funds and authority to them for carrying out development work are getting louder. Unfortunately these genuine demands have so far fallen to the deaf ears of the powers that be, he has observed.