On her maiden visit to Jammu Ambika Soni galvanises Party Machinery, Reminds Omar he is yet to hold BDC, DDB polls

On her maiden visit to Jammu All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary, incharge of Jammu and Kashmir, Ambika Soni Friday galvanised the party machinery and set the tone of future engagement with National Conference.

Ambika_SoniBefore starting any formal discussions with the senior party leaders of the state unit she chose to remind Omar Abdullah govt that it is yet to hold the  Block Development council and District Development Board polls to complete the three tiers of elections of Panchayat Raj system.

In the same vein Ambika Soni made it clear that the congress is keen on introducing amendments in the existing J&K Panchayati Raj Act to incorporate the provisions of SC/ST reservations and reservation for women to make it more effective Act.

“It is the dream of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and we are totally committed to empower the people at the grass roots by empowering the Panchayati Raj system in the state”, Ambika Soni told reporters at the state guest house on his maiden visit to Jammu after she was made incharge of the state.

The state guest house wore a festive look as leaders of the congress party from Jammu division have arrived there along with their supporters in what could be described as show of strength before the central party leader.

Responding to the questions on the mood of the party workers to go alone in the forthcoming Assembly polls Soni said, the congress party is running an alliance govt in the state for last five years and the aim of congress party is to empower the people at the grass roots level. She said we want to give more responsibilities to the elected sarpanches and panches so that they can take decisions to suit their needs in their villages She said they should be paid honorariums and given more financial powers so that they can be held accountable for their participation in the process of decision making. 

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