J&K National Panthers Party

Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of NPP today lambasted the Congress-NC alliance for playing hide and seek with the Panchayats and depriving them of their legitimate rights and privileges on one pretext or the other.  Seeking empowerment of Panchayats and incorporation of the provision of 73rd Amendment in the J&K Panchayat Raj Act, he said that NPP would vociferously agitate the issue in Assembly and at other forums.  He was addressing a one-day conference of Panchayat Empowerment Committee held at Jammu today. He assured the Sarpanches and Panches assembled on the occasion to take the matter to Supreme Court in case the State Govt. failed to fulfill its constitutional obligation of empowering the Panchayats.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh MLA & Chairman-NPP called upon the State Govt. to announce early constitution of Block Development Council and District Planning and Development Boards.  He said that election of BDCs should be followed the Elections to DPDBs.  He urged for the reservation to women, SCs and STs in the process of constitution of Block Councils and Planning Boards. He sought payment of adequate remuneration to Sarpanches and Panches and release of all arrears due to them for the last two and a half years.  He called upon the government to make Panchayat Adalats functional at the earliest.  He demanded early release of Rs.10 lacs to each Panchayat as repeatedly assured by the government in pursuance of decisions taken in Assembly.

Mr. Balwant Singh Mankotia MLA and State President and Mr. Yashpal Kundal. MLA and General Secretary said that NPP would resort to agitations course and organize hunger strike at and protest demonstration at District Level in case the state government failed to take immediate steps to address the genuine concerns of the Panchayats.  They demanded that the tenure of Panchayats should be co-terminus with Assembly.  They further sought early constitution Finance Commission to cater to financial needs of Panchayats.

Earlier the office bearers of Panchayats Empowerment Committee welcomed the NPP Legislators and Prof. Bhim Singh.  Mr. Khajur Singh Convenor of the Panchayat Empowerment Committee thanked the NPP MLAs for moving Bill made the Assembly seeking Amendments in the Panchayat Raj Act pertaining to incorporation of 73rd Amendment.  He called upon the Sarpanches and Panches to untie to wage a deserve battle for realization of them rights and privileges.  Others who spoke on the occasion included M/s Khajur Singh Sarpanch (Convenor), Sham Singh Sarpanch (Joint Convenor), Prikshit Singh Sarpanch and Ishfaq Rana Sarpanch (General Secretaries), Sarpanch Chandel Singh, Shri Uttam Chand (Ramban), Shri Jagdev Singh Mian (Billawar), Akthar Hussein (Latti), Shanker Das (Amro), Sh. Madan Lal (Larh), Baldev Singh (Chanunta), Subhash Chander (Kambal-Danga), Sukhdev Singh (Ghordi Khas), Rampaul Kashira (Members).  More than 1000 Sarpanches and Panches participated on the occasion.

Anita Thakur, General Secretary JKNPP thanked the participants and also the Panches and Sarpanches along with another colleague Mr. Rafiq Chandel for supporting them in the MLC elections.