PYC organizes convention of Panchs, Sarpanchs

Excelsior Correspondent
REASI, Aug 4: Pradesh Youth Congress organized one day convention-cum-workshop of Sarpanchs and Panchs of district Reasi here the other day. A large number of Youth Congress workers participated.
Harshvardhan Singh, incharge Youth Congress J&K was the chief guest while former Minister and Member Legislative Council, Jugal Kishore Sharma and PYC president Shahnawaz Choudhary the guests of honour on the occasion. Pankaj Basotra, Lok Sabha president PYC for Kathua-Udhampur- Doda, presided over. This programme was organized under the leadership of Youth Congress president Reasi, Amit Sharma.
During this one day convention-cum-workshop various issues related to Panchs and Sarpanchs of the area were discussed. Addressing the gathering Harshvardan said that to empower Panchayati Raj system was the dream of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and the Congress was committed for the 73rd amendment in J&K PR Act. He welcomed the announcement of AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi for providing Rs 10 lakh as aditional funds to each Panchayat in J&K State.
Jugal Kishore (MLC) in his address said that Central leadership was keen to empower Panchayats in J&K. It was committed for the 73rd amendment in the Act. He appealed the Sarpanchs and Panchs to strengthen Congress at grass root level.
PYC president Shahnawaz alleged that NC was not serious in implementation of Panchayati Raj Act in the State. He said the Congress leadership in the State has taken up the issue vigorously and PYC also held protest demonstrations at district level but the coalition partner was not ready for it. He said the Congress would continue to exert pressure for the same. Pankaj Basotra, Manjit Singh Jatt, Rajveer Varun Singla, Paramjit and Amit also addressed the gathering. Youth Congress activists also took out a rally from Sulla Park to Nai Basti, Reasi.

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