No Proposal For Reduction, Scrapping Of Honorarium Of Panchayat And Urban Local Body Members: Lt Governor

SRINAGAR: Lieutenant Governor (LG) Governor Manoj Sinha on Monday said that the there is no proposal for reduction or scrapping of the honorarium of the panchayat and urban local body representatives.

Lt Governor while speaking during ‘My Town My Pride’ meeting after inaugurating  a bridge in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district refuted the rumours regarding the reduction or scrapping of the honorarium of the PRI/ULB representatives.

“Such rumours are being spread by certain vested interests, deliberately misleading elected PRI’s/ULB’s representatives on the honorarium issue,” said Lt Governor.

Lt Governor observed that – Public outreach in towns, Strengthening grass-root democracy, and service delivery at doorsteps are the three main objectives of the “My Town My Pride” initiative.

“The My Town My Pride’ is not a programme to announce anything new, but an opportunity to discuss and derive solutions to existing needs, issues and for effective delivery of services at every doorstep. During these two days, many issues faced by the cities will come to light, which will thereby help create a definitive roadmap for developing a strong ecosystem for our cities, focussing on the urban-rural partnership, enhancing market and business opportunities, job creation, filling the gaps in education system and ensuring sustainable economic development of our cities,” he affirmed.

The Lt Governor stressed that the Urban-Rural connect is vital for the wholesome development of Jammu & Kashmir and under ‘My Town My Pride’, every Municipal Council will be given Rs 1 crore to fill gaps in ongoing works. Similarly, Municipal Committees will be given Rs 50 lakhs each and Rs 5 cr will be given to Municipal Corporations to fill the gaps. Some part of the amount will be used for installing street lights in the city and some for creating parking spaces.

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