5: Jammu and Kashmir government has formed committees to begin the process of conducting polls to vacant Panchayat and Block Development Council (BDC) seats in Jammu Kashmir.
The government has constituted 14- member apex level and two divisional level committees.
The apex committee that will be headed by Principal Secretary to the Government, Home department would draw a roadmap and a detailed schedule for the conduct of Panchayat and BDC polls with a special focus on security, logistics, and other aspects.
The divisional level committee would be headed by divisional commissioners. They shall have to submit an outline of possibilities and constraints to the apex committee.
“Based upon an assessment of manpower, security, logistics, transport, equipment and all other requirements, the divisional level committees shall submit an outline of the possibilities and constraints to the apex committee,” the government order said.
The committees have been asked to submit the report by September 21.
Both committees would be served by the Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj.
According to officials, around 13,000 posts of panch and sarpanch in gram panchayats in Jammu Kashmir are vacant.
Earlier, the panchayat polls were scheduled to be held in eight phases between March 5 and March 20 this year. However, the polls were later postponed because of concerns about the law-and-order situation in J&K.
The polls were supposed to be the first major political exercise in J&K since its special constitutional status was revoked on August 5 last year.
On August 28, BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav during his visit to the Valley directed party workers to start working at the grassroots level, as the polls for the vacant Panchayat and BDC seats in Jammu Kashmir is likely to be held in September and October this year.