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JAMMU: “Training programme for District Development Council (DDC) members of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir besides finalisation of honorarium for elected members is a sign that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government at the Centre is not only decentralising powers but also enabling elected representatives to become part of the decision-making institutions and develop their places as per wishes of people”.
This was stated by BJP J&K Executive Member Raman Suri, who said that unlike Congress, PDP or National Conference (NC), BJP is empowering common people and strengthening the three-tier system of governance. These political parties, he added, neither held elections to these institutions regularly nor empowered them in any way.
This was the reason party workers were always deprived of their contributions in development.
Raman said, real democracy lies in decentralisation of powers and this is what BJP is doing. An honorarium for Chairpersons, Vice-Chairpersons and members of the DDCs is indicative of encouraging political will wherein elected representatives will be working for their people. This honorarium will also discourage the indulging into corrupt practices.
He said that post abrogation of Article 370, this is the basic development that the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing. Those asking what is happening after August 5, 2019 must see how people are participating in developmental issues, democracy is being strengthened, institutions are becoming vibrant, central laws are empowering people and those who misguided people are silenced.
Suri asserted that once these institutions start working to their full capacity and simultaneously urban local bodies also take on new assignments, the face of cities as well as villages will change drastically, thereby making Jammu and Kashmir flourishing at par with any other city of our country. He criticised Congress, NC and PDP of keeping common people out of such developmental issues and centralising powers to only a select few in past several decades.