Changes to J&K Panchayat Act drops payments to panches

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    Modifications to J&K Panchayat Act drops payments to panches

    The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has amended the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989, omitting a provision needing payment of honorarium to panches and sarpanches (village head) in the freshly produced Union Area. The amended law likewise says that Halqa Panchayat shall be required to get its accounts investigated by a chartered accountant every year. Halqa suggests the location consisting of a town or contiguous number of towns figured out by the government.

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    Area 10 of the 1989 Act on “remuneration to Sarpanch and Panches,” which stated every Sarpanch and Panch shall be entitled to such month-to-month honorarium as may be defined by the government, has actually been left out through an order provided by the MHA on Saturday. Currently, a sarpanch and panch get 3,000 and 1,000 as honorarium respectively.

    A senior J&K federal government official told The Hindu that the omission will not affect the remuneration and the panches will continue to get paid.

    ” The area has actually been gotten rid of for administrative versatility, so that when the federal government desires it can increase the honorarium without modifying the entire Act. In the meantime, each time it has to be increased, the Act will have to be modified,” stated the official.

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    J&K has actually been under main guideline considering that June2018 The special status of the erstwhile State under Article 370 was withdrawed in August 2019 by the Parliament and it was downgraded and bifurcated into two Union Territories, J&K and Ladakh. The J&K Reorganisation Act, 2019 makes it possible for MHA to modify the Union Territory’s laws by releasing an order.

    The panchayat elections were held in the former State of J&K in 2018 and as many as 12,776 vacant sarpanch and panch seats, particularly in South Kashmir are still vacant as elections could not be held due to security concerns then. A total of 27,281 panches and sarpanches were chosen then.

    The modified arrangements of the 1989 Act state that the Halqa Panchayat may employ needed staff for bring out tasks but “Halqa Panchayat will pay reimbursement to such staff out of its own resources.”

    The change also paves way for creation of District Development Councils in the Union Area (UT). The DDCs will have jurisdiction over the entire district omitting those locations designated as municipality or community corporation.

    ” Every district will be divided into 14 territorial constituencies to choose members for the body. The DDC will include the straight chosen members from territorial constituencies in the district, members of the Legal Assembly representing a part or whole of the district whose constituencies lie within the district and the Chairperson of all Block Development Councils of the district,” the order, issued after the modifications, reads.

    ” All members of the DDC, whether or not chosen by direct election from territorial constituencies in the district, will can vote in the conference of the District Advancement Council,” checks out the amendments.

    ” But the MLAs will have no ballot rights in the case of election or elimination of the Chairman and vice-chairman only the straight chosen members shall have the right to vote,” it added.

    Valley celebrations careful

    J&K celebrations watch out for the centre’s relocation and expressed apprehension over lowering the function of MLAs.

    ” They (the Centre) empower everyone and whatever that protests the concept of political empowerment. This is an action towards rooting out politics in the name of advancement. If the Centre is genuine, why has it taken away the right to enact laws?” Peoples Democratic Party leader Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra said.

    Shafiq Mir, the chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference, stated, “The move will have an Assembly member just a spectator in the DDC meeting. He will not have any say.”

    A Nationwide Conference (NC) spokesman said the celebration was studying the amendments made to the Panchayati Act and “will create an informed response soon”.

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