BDC Chairmen accuse Govt of ignoring public representatives

Excelsior Correspondent
SAMBA, June 26: Leveling serious allegations on the Government, some tow Block Development Committee chairmen and some sarpanches today alleged that being the public representatives they were totally ignored by the administration and questioned that under what capacity the inauguration of a development work was made by the brother of former Minister few days back.
Talking to reporters at Vijaypur, today, BDC chairman Vijaypur Yogeshwar Singh, BDC chairman, Ramgarh, Darshan Singh along with other Sarpanches and Panches alleged that this way the Government was ignoring the public representatives totally and it has made the mockery of Panchayati Raj system.
They said that notwithstanding the tall claims of the Government of strengthening the Panchayats at grass root level, even the BDC chairmen had not yet been granted office nor delegated the powers till date.
They alleged though eight months have passed after election of BDCs but they have not been given powers till date and even are without office. They are being ignored in Government functions while the influential people are asked to inaugurate developmental works. Though the Government had made tall claims about the strengthening of the Panchayats yet they have not been translated on ground.
Criticizing the functioning of the district administration they alleged the DC Samba is not giving time to the BDC members to meet him to discuss the important issues faced by the people with him as public representatives of their respective areas.
They also alleged that there is no check on corruption in Government departments. Huge commission is demanded for Government works, they added.
The BDCs and Sarpanches in an appeal to Lt. Governor G C Murmu urged him to accord powers to BDCs immediately for strengthening basic institutes of democracy in UT. They alleged that the work entrusted to the Panchayat representative is done by the officers of the various Department as BDCs have been deprived of powers till date. Sarpanches Moni Sharma, Daljit Singh, Makhanu Salathia and Sudagar Gupta were also present in the press conference.