Azad For Reservation in Panchayat Raj System

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KL Desk


Advocating for reservation in Panchayat Raj system, former chief minister of J&K and union minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in veiled manner criticized the Omar Abdullah led coalition government. He expressed his displeasure and concern.
“The election exercise will be futile unless depressed class of society – Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes – and also women folk are not represented at the block and district levels in Panchayat Raj system in Jammu and Kashmir,” said the senior congress leader.

Terming the process as meaningless, Azad added,  “these (BDC) elections, however, would be meaningless and unfortunate unless there is reservation in Panchayat Raj system.”

In a notification on October 10, the Jammu and Kashmir government had announced block level elections in the state on November 7.

A total of 29,402 panches and 4,089 sarpanches in the state would elect 143 BDC members including 77 for Kashmir  and 66 for Jammu region.

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