J&K government financially empowers Panchayati Raj institutions; promotes independence [details] | Techno Glob

In another historic step to financially empower local self-government, the Administrative Council (AC), which met under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, approved the delegation of powers to grant administrative approval at three levels of Panchayati Raj institutions in the Union. Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Board of Directors approved the delegation of powers to Gram Panchayats, Block Samitis and Zila Parishads for the execution of the works, the expenses of which will be covered by the Panchayats’ own resources.

Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, J&K attended the meeting.

LG Manoj Sinha


In order to promote the involvement of the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI) in the development process, the government has strengthened the financial powers of the Panchayati Raj Institutions. Following this decision, the Gram Panchayats were empowered to grant administrative approval to works ranging from Rs 1-5 lakh, the Block Samitis were delegated to grant administrative approval to works ranging from Rs 5-20 Lakh and the Zila Parishad now has the power to grant administrative approval up to Rs 1 crore.

PRIs will be able to incur expenses in accordance with the general financial rules and guidelines for AA, TS and electronic tendering.

The decision is an important step towards empowering the PRI, as it will enable them to set their own priorities and help them to deliver work in a timely manner from their own panchayat resources.

As part of its mission to strengthen the inclusive growth of rural areas of the Union Territory, the Government through this decision aims to promote financial autonomy.

Prime Minister at a rally in Palli village in Jammu and Kashmir

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Repeal of Section 370 empowered panchayats at J&K

Recently, Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the repeal of Article 370 has strengthened grassroots democracy as central funds for development will now go directly to the panchayats.

With the repeal of Article 370, the panchayats were granted autonomy and thus empowered, he said. The Union Minister said the move to repeal Section 370 has boosted the morale of grassroots leaders in the state.

After the establishment of the three-tier PRI in J&K, the grant from the central government goes directly to the Panchayats, resulting in balanced and equitable development in all regions and sub-regions of UT.

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