Panches' body protests against non-payment of MNREGA dues

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jammu
  • Updated: Jun 01, 2014 20:06 IST

All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC) held a protest demonstration accusing the government for not paying due wages of `200 crore, under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS), to the people. The panches' body also accused the government for not taking steps to clear the payments.

The protestors alleged that the payments were delayed because of corruption in the government. They said the state government, which takes credit for creating panchayati raj in the state, has in fact made mockery of it and alleged that the delay in payments was in violation to the Act, which states that it has to be made within 15-day.

The protestor alleged that the state government was being insensitive towards the demands and aspirations of the people. "Panches and sarpanches are being killed by terrorists, but neither chief minister Omar Abdullah nor minister of the panchayati raj, have ever interacted with the panchayat representatives to address issue of their security and empowerment," said one of the protestors.

"It seems either the CM is trying to mislead the people or he himself is ill-informed. It's for this reason that even after a massive defeat in the parliamentary elections, he is asking people to give him opinions on his email ID, ignoring the fact that there is no electricity in the villages and maximum people there don't use internet," said AJKPC president Anil Sharma.

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