NC wants ‘autonomy’ only for itself: Dr Jitendra

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh at a public meeting at Keediyan-Gandyal in Kathua on Monday.
Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh at a public meeting at Keediyan-Gandyal in Kathua on Monday.

Excelsior Correspondent
KATHUA/HIRANAGAR, Dec 15:   Addressing a series of election meetings in  Kathua and Hiranagar Assembly constituencies today, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS in PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Space and Atomic Energy, Dr Jitendra Singh accused the National Conference (NC)-Congress Coalition Government of being responsible for  recurrent killings of Panchs  and Sarpanchs during last three years and said  that the Panchs and Sarpanchs had become victims of double assault.
On the one hand, due to deliberate and inordinate delay  by State Government in the implementation of  73rd  Amendment of Indian Constitution, the Panchs and Sarpanchs were deprived of adequate administrative and financial empowerment which made them  vulnerable to the disenchantment and anger of their electorate, while on the other hand, despite repeated pleas, the NC led Government refused to give them adequate security, he added.
Dr Jitendra Singh recalled that BJP was the first political party to have demanded introduction of 73rd and 74th Amendments soon after the Panchayat elections were announced nearly four years ago but at that time the Government did not heed the advice  because in that case the huge Central grant meant for Panchayats would have gone straight to Panchs and Sarpanchs instead of being routed through NC and Congress ministers . Much later, however, only when constant pressure was built up by BJP and continous killings of Panchs became uncontrollable by the State Government, the NC- led Govt. was forced to bend and consider adopting 73rd Amendment.
It is strange that National Conference which clamours for “autonomy”, cares little about granting autonomy at grassroot level to  Panchayats and local bodies, he quipped. Does the NC want “autonomy” only for itself and its ruling family, he asked.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, the people of Jammu &Kashmir were misled by the National Conference-Congress  leadership on the issue of introducing 73rd and 74th Amendments of Indian Constitution and added, the results are now for everybody to see.
He alleged , the only motivation behind depriving local bodies of adequate empowerment was that enormous Central grant meant for Panchayats would then go direct to Panchs and Sarpanchs which would have denied the NC-Congress Ministers of the opportunity to embezzle the Central funds as they have been doing for years together.
If voted to power,Dr Jitendra Singh said,BJP will ensure democracy at grassroot level and account for each and every penny received through Central funds from Govt of India.
He said, the people of Kashmir, particularly youth are no longer ready to be misled by National Conference and Congress, and added that BJP is committed to follow the agenda of  viable progressive development  in Jammu & Kashmir.
BJP Kathua candidate Rajiv Jasrotia accompanied Dr Jitendra in Kathua.

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