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November 21st, 2012

Women Sarpanchs, Panchs blame political parties for neglect

STAFF REPORTER
JAMMU: Women Wing of All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference demanded honorarium, extension of 73rd amendment and adequate security for the elected Panchs and Sarpanchs.
Addressing media persons here on Tuesday, Sarpanch and Provincial President, Women Wing (Jammu) of All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference, Vimla Devi blamed State Government and all political parties for ignoring women Panchayat representatives.
She criticised Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah for not taking any step in buildingĀ  confidence amongst the Panchayat members.
She asserted “It was very unfortunate that none of the political parties in the State have given mandate to any female elected Panchs and Sarpanchs in the ongoing MLCs election process. Though these MLCs elections are being conducted from Panchayat quota but all political parties have cheated women Panchayat members,”
“Now it is being proved that none of the political parties of the State is sincere in empowering women of the State otherwise they could have given opportunity to elected women Panchayat members to enter the upper house. This was easiest option available for the political parties to empower women Panchayat representatives”, she said and demanded reservation for elected women Panchayat in MLCs seats from Panchayat quota.
Speaking in the press conference, Sunita Sharma, Naib Sarpanch mentioned that the women folk of Jammu and Kashmir took participation in the Panchayat elections only due to the assurance of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah that his government would empower Panchayats and this way it would also lead to women empowerment but all his assurances proved wrong and Chief Minister’s silence is not only unfortunate but speaks a lot that he had made promise just to break it.
She asserted that till date, not even a single rupee has been given to any Panchayat member as honorarium or salary. The Chief Minister must visit each Panchayat of the State and take note that how the elected members and their family members are living in absence of any livelihood, she added.
Women Wing (Jammu) of AJKPC appealed to Chief Minister to take necessary steps to empower Panchayati Raj institutions and honorarium to the Panchs and Sarpanchs otherwise the elected women Panchayat members along with their family members march to Civil Secretariat and make ghearao the Chief Minister and Panchayati Raj Minister.
Among other female Panchayat members who were present in the press conference included Avinash Devi, Naresh Kumari, Darshana Devi, Ruksana Bibi, Tripta Devi, Kiran Kumari, Krishna Devi, Shakti Devi, Pyari Devi, Toshi Devi, Veena Devi, Goma Devi andĀ  Shamim Bibi.

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