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Empowering Grassroots

April 07, 2021 |

Since the elections to the chairpersons of District Development Councils concluded in the newly created union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the elected members have been criticizing the government for not justice with the position to which they were elected to by the people. There were two issues that became a source of friction between the administration and the DDC members. One was the issue of honorarium accorded to the DDC members. The second issue was the warrant of precedence under which certain privileges are accorded on certain elected representatives and public officials. The elected DDC members had threatned to resign en masse and had even met the J&K LG Manoj Sinha who had promised to address their grievances. On Tuesday, the J&K administration ended the tussle over status by bringing district development councils’ chiefs on par with those of the mayors of Srinagar and Jammu. The order was issued almost a month after these members staged a protest over the issue of protocol and monthly honorarium. The new order placed the DDC vice-chairpersons at serial number 26 along with all administrative secretaries, divisional commissioners, inspector generals of police, chief forest conservators, joint secretaries to the central government and major generals and officers of equivalent rank. The DDC members have been placed at serial number 28, the last in the list, along with district magistrates, officers of the rank of brigadiers and equivalent, major heads of department, conservator of forests, district and sessions judges, block development councils'' chairpersons and the presidents of municipal councils and municipalities. The issue of monthly honorarium remains unresolved yet. However, if sources in the government are to be believed, it would be resolved in coming days. If the issue of honorarium is also handled with the same sensitivity as has been shown to the warrant of precedence, it would go a long way in empowering the elected members. It goes without saying that the DDC polls were touted by the central government as well as the Jammu and Kashmir administration as an alternate system for empowering people at the grassroots level. These elections were shown as the dawn of a new era in which the disadvantaged and neglected sections of society, who have suffered under the dynastic rules of National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party, were supposed to be made part of the decision-making process. By amending the warrant of precedence, the J&K administration has ensured that the DDC members get the same respect and honour with which they were elected by people.

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Empowering Grassroots

April 07, 2021 |

Since the elections to the chairpersons of District Development Councils concluded in the newly created union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the elected members have been criticizing the government for not justice with the position to which they were elected to by the people. There were two issues that became a source of friction between the administration and the DDC members. One was the issue of honorarium accorded to the DDC members. The second issue was the warrant of precedence under which certain privileges are accorded on certain elected representatives and public officials. The elected DDC members had threatned to resign en masse and had even met the J&K LG Manoj Sinha who had promised to address their grievances. On Tuesday, the J&K administration ended the tussle over status by bringing district development councils’ chiefs on par with those of the mayors of Srinagar and Jammu. The order was issued almost a month after these members staged a protest over the issue of protocol and monthly honorarium. The new order placed the DDC vice-chairpersons at serial number 26 along with all administrative secretaries, divisional commissioners, inspector generals of police, chief forest conservators, joint secretaries to the central government and major generals and officers of equivalent rank. The DDC members have been placed at serial number 28, the last in the list, along with district magistrates, officers of the rank of brigadiers and equivalent, major heads of department, conservator of forests, district and sessions judges, block development councils'' chairpersons and the presidents of municipal councils and municipalities. The issue of monthly honorarium remains unresolved yet. However, if sources in the government are to be believed, it would be resolved in coming days. If the issue of honorarium is also handled with the same sensitivity as has been shown to the warrant of precedence, it would go a long way in empowering the elected members. It goes without saying that the DDC polls were touted by the central government as well as the Jammu and Kashmir administration as an alternate system for empowering people at the grassroots level. These elections were shown as the dawn of a new era in which the disadvantaged and neglected sections of society, who have suffered under the dynastic rules of National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party, were supposed to be made part of the decision-making process. By amending the warrant of precedence, the J&K administration has ensured that the DDC members get the same respect and honour with which they were elected by people.


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Owner, Printer, Publisher, Editor: Farooq Ahmad Wani
Legal Advisor: M.J. Hubi
Printed at: Abid Enterprizes, Zainkote Srinagar
Published from: Gulshanabad Chraresharief Budgam
RNI No.: JKENG/2010/33802
Office No’s: 0194-2451076, 9622924716 , 9419400056
Postal Regd No: SK/135/2010-2019
Administrative Office: Abi Guzer Srinagar

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