In a very major development “For the first time in 73 years after independence, paving the way for true grassroots democracy in Jammu Kashmir, Union Cabinet meeting chaired by PM Narendra Modi approves adaptation of J&K Panchayati Raj Act, 1989. All the 3 tiers of local self-rule, like in the rest of the country”, as stated by Jitendra Singh Minister of State (PMO).
What has happened?
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the adoption of the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Raj Act and said the process for local body polls in the union territory will start soon.
Javadekar said while people across India had the right to elect local representatives, the same was missing in Jammu and Kashmir. Javadekar said the move will empower people in the UT and they will elect their own representatives. And those representatives will plan the development of the district and implement the various welfare measures and programs.
This indeed is a very great approval which will set the stepping Stones to bring the valley on the track of development post the scrapping of Article 370. Recently the separatist leaders were also made free from their home
The Minister said, “The three-tier system was not there in Kashmir before. They did not have the opportunity to elect their local representatives. This step redeems the promise made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Kashmir and home minister Amit Shah in Parliament”. He also said, “Now, there will be early elections and the power to manage local bodies will go to the people. There is a lot of homework to be done, but the principle has been established”.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration is working on the adaptation of other laws following the abrogation of Article 370 that gave special powers to the erstwhile state and its division into two Union territories by making Ladakh a separate Union territory. Since then the separatist leaders like Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were under a sort of house arrest. Recently, in the attempt to take the valley again on the track of normalcy they too were made free. But these leaders now started giving statements to mislead the UT’s youths. Thus it was the need of the hour to not let such leaders misuse the liabilities of democracy.