Govt directs DCs, SSPs to provide security to Panchayat members
Srinagar, Oct 22:
Waking up to militant threats, Jammu and Kashmir government has directed
district development commissioners and district police chiefs to provide
security cover to Panches and Sarpanches during their visit to respective
Monitor had broken the story about Panchayat members’ reluctance to visit their
constituencies due to alleged militant threats.
A top source in
the divisional commissioner Kashmir’s office said Sarpanches and Panches have
told government that they are scared to visit their constituencies.
“They have told
the government they live under constant fear and are unable to review the
developmental works,” he said.
the government directed district development commissioners and district police
chiefs to make adequate security plan for Panches and Sarpanches during their
visit to constituencies.
“Prior to their
visit, they have to inform the concerned SHOs so that necessary security
arrangements are put in place,” the source added.
Director General of Police, Law and Order, and Security, Munir Ahmad Khan, said
directives have gone to DCs and SSPs to ensure security of Panches and
(Panches and Sarpanches) need security, they can approach concerned SSPs and
DCs. They have been assured of security cover when they intend to visit their
respective constituencies,” Khan told The Kashmir Monitor.
announced to release Rs 3700 crore for Panchayats in Jammu and Kashmir, of
which around Rs 1000 crore stand released so far.
Narendra Modi recently stressed for empowerment of Panchayats in Jammu and
Panchayats, in addition to being involved in
the selection of eligible beneficiaries for various government welfare schemes,
can get Rs 50 lakh-80 lakh per year for implementation of key national schemes
such as the National Health Mission, Samagra Shiksha, etc.