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FM's Panchayat Budget a 'joke', superficial exercise: AJKPC
1/12/2018 10:42:23 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Jan 12: Calling "Panchayat Budget " as crude joke, All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference, AJKPC today slammed the state government and the finance minister Haseeb Drabu for not making serious efforts to strengthen the Panchayati Raj Institution. Anil Sharma, the president of the organization , today while interacting with the media persons in a press conference, said that these superficial exercises and announcements meant nothing and they do not serve the real purpose of giving autonomy to the PRIs. Posing a set of serious questions to the Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu and alleging non seriousness, the AJKPC president asked the F.M to apprise the people about the amount sanctioned for each panchayat of the state which he has announced in his budget speech. Though the Finance Minister has called for a provision of Rs. 1000 Crore for the Urban and Rural Local bodies but he has not clarified the amount distribution for Panchayats and Urban Local bodies including Jammu Municipal Corporation and Srinagar Corporation besides 100s of Municipal Committees, Councils and notified areas. He said there are over 4100 Panchayats in the state and Drabu has proposed a meagre amount of Rs. 10 Crore for equipping them with broad band and computerization. Asking the finance minister to explain the concept of "Panchayat Banks", Sharma alleged that, it appears that this is a ploy to enhance the business of the troubled JK Bank which because of it's failure facing serious financial losses and have huge NPA liability. The F.M should explain the role of the elected Panchayat members in these so Called "Panchayat members". He said we won't allow the failing JK Bank to loot the money of the innocent villagers. Prominent among those present included provincial president AJKPC Gautam Singh Jamwal, provincial vice Raj Kumar, Yashpal Charak, Mair Singh, Puran Chand, Ashwani Sharma and Ram Lal.
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