In his first public address in the Kashmir Valley since taking office, Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu insisted Friday on building the capacity of grassroots institutions.
"The government is working to implement the 73rd and 74th amendments of the Panchayat Raj Act to allow Panchayat members to work more effectively in the territory of the J & K Union," said Mr. Murmu. , took office on 31 October.
The incorporation of the 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendment Acts of 1992 would give constitutional status to J & K's panchayati raj (PRI) institutions and strengthen them, he added.
Mr. Murmu chose a "return to the village" program in Sonpah, Beerwah, Budgam district, to make his first public appearance. More than 300 locals attended the event, held under heavy security blanket. The Lieutenant Governor was accompanied by the Chief Secretary, B.V.R. Subrahmanyam.
"The current program is intended to empower people at the local level. A review of the Prime Minister's package should also be taken for its fair implementation through J & K. Special attention is given to the completion of 2,500 late projects, half of which have been completed. " he declared.
Murmu said the "Back to Village" program was running smoothly through J & K and had sparked overwhelming reaction four days after activists targeted him. "The current program has generated a massive response from the public. unfortunately, some people are trying to sabotage it in some areas, "he added.
Condemning the militant Hakura attack in Anantnag, in which a local sarpanch and officer died, the lieutenant governor said, "Such incidents are intended to disrupt social protection programs and programs. centered on the people. These inhuman and despicable acts will not discourage the government in its determination to reach out to the people and usher in a new era of participatory development. "
Meanwhile, Mr. Murmu announced a special ex gratia of 30 lakhs in favor of the next of kin of the late government employee, Sheikh Zahoor Ahmed.