48 newly elected Sarpanches of Panchayats from Jammu and Kashmir called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi today.
The delegation was led by Shri Shafiq Mir, President of the All Jammu & Kashmir Panchayat Conference.
The delegation conveyed its appreciation to the Prime Minister for empowering the institutions of local self-governance through the successful and peaceful conduct of Panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Prime Minister conveyed his best wishes to the newly elected representatives. He exhorted them to strive for the welfare and upliftment of people. He assured the delegation that he and his Government are committed to the empowerment of the people, and will stand shoulder to shoulder with the local government representatives for the welfare of the State, to fulfil the aspirations of the masses. He urged the members of the delegation to prioritize people's interests, as the people have reposed enormous faith and hope on them.
The Prime Minister congratulated the local representatives for the courage displayed by them in the face of heavy odds; and for successfully participating in the democratic process, despite threats and intimidation. He assured them of the Government of India's full support for making the Panchayati Raj model a success, and responsive to the people's basic necessities and grievances. Empowerment of grassroots institutions is a significant step in taking Jammu and Kashmir away from the path of violence and secure the rights and development of the local populace.
He also appreciated the participation of women in the recent Panchayat elections.
(With Inputs from PIB)