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.
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.
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.