Ready for Assembly polls in J&K: Guv

SUDHIR KUMAR . Dated: 1/12/2019 3:08:48 PM

Advises Sarpanches to use funds judiciously

JAMMU, Jan 11: Governor Satya Pal Malik on Friday said the administration was ready for assembly elections in the state and a call in this direction should be taken by the Election Commission and New Delhi.
Talking to reporters on the side line of the oath-taking ceremony of Sarpanch of Jammu region, Governor SP Malik said that whenever, ECI tell us, we are ready for the polls to assembly.
The Election Commission (EC) had in November last said fresh elections in Jammu and Kashmir would be held within the next six months, even as the body did not rule out the possibility of holding the state polls before the Lok Sabha polls due this year.
"The Jammu and Kashmir assembly polls must be held on the first occasion before May. It could be held before the parliamentary elections also," Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat had said.
He said as per the Supreme Court, the outer limit for holding fresh polls after the dissolution of the House was six months, that is May, 2019.
It may be recalled that the central government on December 28 told the Lok Sabha that Jammu and Kashmir Governor had no option but to recommend President's Rule in the state as no party or alliance staked claim to form the government.
On IAS officer Shah Faesal's resignation, Governor Malik said he himself was a government employee and did not wish to comment on the matter.
Governor Satya Pal Malik congratulated the Sarpanches on being elected as representatives of their respective Panchayats. He observed that the Panchayati Raj Institutions can truly represent and fulfill the developmental aspirations of people due to direct participation of people in planning development of their areas and implementing Government welfare schemes under close monitoring.
Governor observed that major amendments in the Panchayati Raj Act have been incorporated through which the Government intends massive devolution of funds, functions and functionaries of 19 departments to the Panchayati Raj Institutions.
He advised the Sarpanches to use funds judiciously and urged them to ensure development which is in sync with the natural environment. He stressed that survival and existence of vegetation, trees, ponds, indigenous animal species etc should be taken into consideration while formulating development plans.
Governor assured every possible support of his Administration to the Sarpanches and Panches and observed that planned development of any area would be done in consensus with the Panches and Sarpnaches of respective Panchayats.
Governor emphasized upon the Sarpanches to ensure that institutions responsible for ensuring primary health and education at grass root level are strengthened and attention is given to develop sports infrastructure at the Village level with opportunities to youth to explore their capabilities to the maximum.

 

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