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Address protesters’ demands: CM told
The Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress Committee president Pritam Singh has written a letter to the Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat demanding that action be taken soon on the demands of the Gram Pradhans who have been protesting for some time now.
Eliciting the attention of the Chief Minister to the protest of the Gram Pradhans at a site near the Parade Ground, the PCC chief stated that some of the members of the Gram Pradhan body had been on a hunger strike unto death for the last eight days in support of their justified demands. Their condition is also reported to be delicate. He said that the Government not taking cognisnace of the Panchayat representatives sitting on fast unto death is a serious issue.
“I got the opportunity to go among the protesting Gram Pradhans and I found that their demands are valid. I expect the State Government to fulfill their valid demands. Changes have been made to the funds allocated in the past to the Gram Panchayats under the 14th finance commission and state finance which is affecting the developmental works undertaken through the Panchayats. The protesters have demanded that the fund allocation should be kept unchanged and I believe that this demand is justified,” said Singh.
He further stated that the State’s Panchayati Raj Act had been passed in the Vidhan Sabha but had not been implemented till now.
“The Gram Pradhan organisation is demanding the implementation of the Panchayati Raj Act passed in the Vidhan Sabha and I believe that they are justified in making this demand. The State Government has also expanded the limits of the urban local bodies across the State without taking cognisance of the opinion of the public and Panchayat representatives of the areas. The issue of the expansion of local body areas had been raised in the Vidhan Sabha in the past and then the State Government had assured that the Panchayat representatives will be taken into confidence before a decision is taken but the Government took a decision on the issue without consulting them,” added the PCC chief.
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