President AJKPC, Anil Sharma briefing media persons.
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JAMMU: With the State Government proposing to hold Panchayat polls from February 15, All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference, (AJKPC) on Tuesday demanded equal budgetary allocation of special funds for each Panchayat ward to ensure balanced development and end the voices of discrimination.
Addressing a press conference here, Anil Sharma, President AJKPC urged the Centre particularly Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitiey, and the State Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to allocate special funds of Rs 10 lakh each exclusively to be used by each Panchayat ward to meet the local demands and ensure involvement of stakeholders in development activity. He also demanded implementation of 73rd Amendment of Indian Constitution regarding Panchayati Raj in Jammu and Kashmir before conducting Panchayat elections in the State.
Anil said that they will protest against State Government for its denial to extend 73rd Amendment in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. He said that such elections are just a drama of the State Government to get the central funds released but it will not serve any purpose to the people of the State.
Threatening to launch an agitation against the State Government, the Panchayat leaders said that they will not accept such dramas of government and fight for the real Panchayati Raj as in other states of the country.
Sharma said these funds should be directly transferred in the accounts of the respective Panchayats so that there is no room left for corruption by the officers at different levels right from the secretariat to block level.
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