J&K Sarpanchs, Panchs meet MoS Home

NEW DELHI, Sept 11:  A few Panchs and Sarpanchs in Jammu and Kashmir have urged the Home Ministry to ensure regular payment of their monthly honorarium, which they say is very meagre, officials said today.
A delegation of Panchs and Sarpanchs from Jammu and Kashmir met Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy recently and apprised him about the irregular payments of their monthly honorarium of Rs 2,500.
The Minister assured the delegation that he would look into the matter and do the needful so that the Panchs and Sarpanchs in Jammu and Kashmir get their dues regularly, a Home Ministry official said.
Last week, when a separate delegation of Panch and Sarpanch met Union Home Minister Amit Shah, they urged him to enhance the honorarium to a respectable level.
Shah had assured them to consider the demand, the official said.
The Central Government enhanced its interactions with the Panchs and Sarpanchs in Jammu and Kashmir since August 5 when the Centre announced the revocation of the State’s special status given under Article 370 and its bifurcation into two Union Territories. (PTI)