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J&Ok To Have District Development Councils As Centre Amends Panchayat Law

The Centre on Saturday amended the J&Ok Panchayati Raj Rules, 1996 (Representational)

Srinagar:

The authorities on Saturday amended the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act to offer for establishing of District Development Councils in every district which can have instantly elected members, marking the implementation of your complete 73rd Amendment Act within the Union Territory (UT), an official spokesman stated.

The District Development Councils (DDCs) of every district shall have 14 constituencies after their delimitation by the respective deputy commissioners, the spokesman stated.

“The government today amended J&K Panchayati Raj Rules, 1996, to provide for establishment of elected District Development Councils in Jammu and Kashmir. The move to have elected third tier of Panchayati Raj institution marks the implementation of the entire 73rd Amendment Act in J&K,” the spokesman stated.

He stated the District Development Councils will comprise members instantly elected from 14 territorial constituencies of the district in addition to the members of the Legislative Assembly and the chairperson of all Block Development Councils (BDC) of the district.

Seats for Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and ladies have additionally been reserved which might be stuffed by direct election to the District Development Councils, the spokesman stated.

The Additional District Development Commissioner shall be the chief govt officer of the DDC, he added.

Meanwhile, a statutory order issued by the UT authorities stated the Deputy Commissioner of a district shall divide the DDC space into 14 single member territorial constituencies offered that the ratio between inhabitants of the territorial space of a constituency and the variety of seats within the DDC shall, as far as practicable, be the identical all through.

“While delimiting the constituencies of the District Development Council, Halqa Panchayat shall be a unit. The constituencies shall be delimited from the map of the District Development Council space ranging from North in the direction of East and ending in the direction of South to West and each constituency shall be assigned a serial quantity and a reputation.

“The title of the constituency could also be assigned on the title of a block having the biggest inhabitants in that constituency. Thereafter, the constituencies shall be organized alphabetically on the title of such constituencies,” the order stated.

The statutory order stated whereas delimiting the constituencies, the Deputy Commissioner shall decide the variety of constituencies to be reserved for SCs, STs and ladies in each constituency of DDC in accordance with the provisions of the act and distribute seats reserved for SCs, STs so far as practicable in these areas in a DDC the place the proportion of their inhabitants to the inhabitants in whole is relatively massive.

The order additional learn that the Deputy Commissioner shall additionally trigger to publish a proposal for delimitation of constituencies by dividing a DDC space into single member constituencies and in addition point out the territorial restrict of every such constituency and shall maintain the proposal open for inspection within the workplace of Halqa Panchayat, BDC and DDC and by affixing a replica of such proposal at two conspicuous locations for inviting public objections.

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