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Cabinet approves amendments to strengthen the J&K Panchayat Raj Act 1989
Aamir Ali | 10 Feb 2014

Cabinet approves amendments to strengthen the J&K Panchayat Raj Act 1989 In a major decision, the Cabinet which met here under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah approved amendments to various sections of the Panchayati Raj Act to accommodate various demands within the overall frame work of the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Raj Act 1989.

In a major decision, the Cabinet which met here under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah approved amendments to various sections of the Panchayati Raj Act to accommodate various demands within the overall frame work of the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Raj Act 1989.

The amendments provide for the Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman of a District Planning and Development Board by the members of the Board from among themselves. The amendments also provide for the Chairman of a Block Development Council to be elected by the Sarpanchs and Panchs of the concerned block from among themselves.

It also provides for reservation in respect of the SC and ST categories to the extent of their population in specific constituency and to the extent of 33% for women.

The amendment also provides for reduction in the age of candidates for contesting elections for the positions of Panchs and Sarpanchs from 25 to 21 years.

The Cabinet also approved the Jammu and Kashmir Ombudsman for Panchayats Bill, 2014 for introduction in the State Legislature during the ensuing session. It also approved the Jammu and Kashmir Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Bill, 2014 for its introduction and enactment in the State Legislature during the ensuing session.