The 11-member delegation led by Shafiq Mir, Chairman, All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference, discussed with the Governor the to date status of the functioning of Panchayats in the State and complained about effective measures not so far having been taken for their empowerment.
Among the issues raised by the delegation, the Governor was most seriously concerned to hear about the security problems faced by the Sarpanches and Panches. The delegation was also dissatisfied about the provisions of the 73rd Constitutional Amendment not so far being incorporated in the existing law for ensuring empowerment of Panchayati Raj Institutions in the State.
The Governor assured the Panchayat Conference that all the issues raised by them would be taken up with the Chief Minister.
The delegation comprised Anil Sharma, General Secretary, All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference; Ghulam Hassan Punzoo, Chief Spokesperson; Gautam Singh, Capt. (Retd) Raj Dev Singh, Ms. Vimla Devi, Ghulam Mohammad Mir, Ajaz Ahmed, Ms. Avinash Devi, Choudhary Mohammad Aslam Kohli and Jugal Mahajan.
Navin K. Choudhary, Principal Secretary to the Governor, was present on the occasion.