Dilution of Article 370 will accelerate development in J&K: Vice President

Panchayats will now become more dynamic as the 3Fs - Funds, Functions & Functionaries will be devolved to them; Holding elections to local bodies every five years should be made mandatory; Interacts with Sarpanches and Panches from Jammu & KashmirThe Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has asserted that the dilution of Article 370 would accelerate the process of development in the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh by paving the way for extension of various schemes and legislations, including 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendments to strengthen the funds and functions of local bodies.Interacting with a delegation of a Sarpanches (Village Heads) and Panches (Panchayat Members) from Jammu and Kashmir, in New Delhi today, the Vice President pointed out that Article 370 was only a temporary and transitory provision in the Constitution.Referring to holding of Panchayat elections under the Governors rule in J&K after a long gap, Shri Naidu expressed his happiness that 74% of the electorate voted and that around 3,500 of the 4,483 Panchayats have been elected.....................


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