Amit Shah to empower Panchayats in Jammu Kashmir; discusses with Panchayat Association delegates

A delegation of Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Association today called on Union Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss the aftermath of abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A. All Jammu Kashmir Panchayat Association, state president, Anil Sharma among others were present during the meet. The delegation discussed in detail about Panchayat empowerment.

Talking to media, Anil Sharma said that the reason for the meeting is to talk about the abrogation of Article 370 and Panchayat empowerment is another agenda. Another delegation member said they were here to thank him for the abrogation of Article 370.

“We are here to thank him for the abrogation of Article 370. Jammu is peaceful. It was a longstanding demand of Jammu. We are also here to tell them about the problems being faced by our panchayats. It is a moment of happiness for Jammu and Kashmir that such a big step has been taken,” the delegation member said.

The State of Jammu and Kashmir (J & K) has its own unique history as far as Panchayati Raj is concerned. In Jammu and Kashmir, the Panchayati Raj Institutions are established under the Jammu & Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989. However, the provisions of the 73rd Amendment Act were not extended to the State owing to the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370.