DODA, Jan 6: Kuldeep Kumar Rao, president Thathri Development Front, District Doda, has demanded suitable amendment in the Panchayati Raj Act to remove the rider for nomination to the office of Chairman Block Development Council.
He said that eligibility criteria of either be a Panch or Sarpanch from any ward falling with in any Panchayat of the block for filing nomination to the office of Block Development Council amount to strangulation of spirit of democracy and democratic Institutions. “Rider should therefore be removed forthwith and any person who figures in the electoral roll of Block should be allowed to nominate him or herself for the office of Chairman of Block Development Council, as was before amendment in Panchayati Raj Act, 2016,” he added.
Rao further said that the people of Jammu province have never got what was their genuine due share in the socio-economic and political processes during all these 70 years of the State’s accession to India. He demanded constitution of Delimitation Commission and also rotation of Reserved Assembly constituencies before next elections.