3-tier Panchayati Raj System will help removing corruption: Randhir

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Aug 19: Former Minister and State Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief, Thakur Randhir Singh today said that a full-fledged Panchayati Raj system will help in removing corruption from the State.
In a statement issued here, the NCP chief said that he had been pleading for last many years to implement the 73rd and 74th constitutional amendments and Panchayati Raj Act in J&K which once done the Block Development Officer (BDO) raj will come to end, which is the source of corruption in the State.
He said that majority of the states in the country have switched over to three-tier system, which has proved very effective in giving powers at the grass root level. “Jammu and Kashmir never in the past had held elections beyond Panchayats. Even elections to Panchayats were held in 2011 after nearly about four decades”, he regretted.
Thakur Randhir Singh said that the full-fledged Panchayati Raj system in the State will help in removing the corruption in the State. He demanded the Governor NN Vohra to appoint Lokpal and Lokayukt in the State.
The former Minister said that soon he will meet Governor NN Vohra in Srinagar and present him a very comprehensive memorandum covering the issues of Border Development Authority, enhancement of honorarium of Numberdars to Rs 5000, implementation of all central progressive laws and the prevailing corruption in the State.