Govt calls out BDC chairpersons: ‘Stay within limits, don’t use unauthorized powers’
Jan 4: Crisis is brewing in the administration after they were flooded with
complaints against some recently elected Block Development Council (BDC)
chairpersons for exceeding their roles and using those powers which they are
not entitled to.
300 chairpersons were elected in the first ever BDC polls held in Jammu and
Kashmir in October last year.
months on, the government has received complaints about
“unauthorized” use of powers by BDC chairpersons.
chairperson have been bypassing role of concerned officials in their respective
blocks. The block development officers have told the government that
chairpersons of BDCs are not consulting them while taking decisions,” said
an official of Rural Development Department.
official said chairpersons of BDCs have been told to stay within their limited
powers. “They have been told to make better coordination with government
officials for development of their respective constituencies,” the
lack of coordination, Director Rural Development Department Kashmir has now
issued circular asking officers to make chairpersons of BDCs aware about their
roles and responsibilities.
has been noticed that some of the BDC chairpersons are making official
communications under their signatures to the higher authorities which is not
their prerogative as block development officers have to act as ex-officio
secretaries as envisaged in the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Raj Act 1989 and
Panchayati Raj Rules 1998,” the circular reads.
government asked BDC chairpersons to stay within their powers and limitations before
taking any decision.
is impressed upon all Project Officer Wage Employment, District Panchayat
Officers and BDOs to adhere to the rules and make the BDC chairpersons aware
regarding their role and functions and procedure to be adopted for their
official business. As such all the official communications whatsoever from the
office of BDCs shall be made through Secretary to BDC (BDO) concerned only
under his or her seal,” it reads.
are 4,490 Sarpanch and 35096 Panch constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir. A top
official of Rural Development Department said that Centre has directed Jammu
and Kashmir administration to empower Panchayats to the maximum level.
are 21 departments including Rural Development, Social Welfare, Health,
Education, Power, Horticulture, Fisheries and Agriculture, which come under the
administrative control of Panchayat members, the official said.