SAC approves amendments in J&K Panchayati Raj Act to give more power to PRIs

SRINAGAR:In a significant decision aimed to strengthen the grass root democracy and participative planning in Jammu and Kashmir, the State Administrative Council (SAC) on Thursday approved the required amendments in the Panchayati Raj Act, 1989.

“The amendments with far reaching consequences will assure placement of funds, functions and functionaries at the disposal of PRIs (Panchayati Raj Institutions),” an official spokesman said.

The SAC gave nod to the amendments during a meeting chaired by Governor Satya Pal Malik.

A similar attempt had been made in the year 2011 through a Government order but by making the devolution a part of the Act, the Government on Thursday has not only given adequate teeth to the Panchayats but also made it binding for the Government departments to follow it, the spokesman said. (AGENCIES)