Panchayat members, Councilors to replace jailed leaders at R-day functions
Srinagar, Dec 25:
Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to treat Panchayat members and
Councilors as “VIPs” during Republic Day functions in the new Union Territory.
Sources said with
most of the leaders in jail, Panches, Sarpanches and Councilors are being
groomed as an alternative leadership to fill the political void in the valley.
An official at
Srinagar Deputy Commissioner’s office said Councilors, Panches, Sarpanches and
Chairperson of Block Development Councils would be invited as VIPs to attend
Republic Day functions at Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium here.
Panches, Sarpanches and Chairperson of Block Development Councils of other
districts would also be treated as VIPs for Republic Day functions in their
accessed by The Kashmir Monitor, reveals that the district development
commissioner Srinagar has been directed to prepare the list of invitees. “Invitees shall include VVIP and VIPs
including chairperson BDCs, Panches, Sarpanches and Councilors,” the document
elections were held in 79 urban local bodies in which 1145 councilors were
elected. Similarly, elections were also conducted in 4483 Panchayat Halqas in
which 35029 Panches and 4483 Sarpanches were elected.
leaders of political parties were being invited as VIPs who would sit on the
has also directed all heads of departments to ensure attendance of employees at
Republic Day functions. “Those who fail to attend Republic Day function shall
be dealt strictly according to law,” a government order reads.
Since 2017, the
government has been holding main function of Republic Day and Independence Day
at Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium instead of Bakshi Stadium.
security agencies have been directed to ensure fool proof security arrangements
in and around the venue.
plan shall be prepared by police department encompassing vital areas, movements
and entries. Firm barricades should be erected in and around the venue taking
into consideration the security concerns,” the document reads.
A senior official
said that security would be strengthened in Srinagar’s Lal Chowk, Rajbagh, Dal
Gate and Sonawar areas. “The security agencies have been directed to take extra
measures this time,” the official said.
The official said
that road from Radio Kashmir to Sonawar road would remain closed for few days
before January 26. The SSP security has
been directed to ensure arrangement of bullet proof kiosk for VIPs along with