Centre amends J&K Panchayati Raj Act

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Srinagar: The Centre has amended the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act for setting up of District Development Councils in each district.

The spokesman said the District Development Councils (DDCs) of each district shall have 14 constituencies after their delimitation by the respective deputy commissioners.

The District Development Councils will comprise members directly elected from 14 territorial constituencies of the district as well as the members of the Legislative Assembly and the chairperson of all Block Development Councils of the district.

Seats for SCs, STs and women have also been reserved which will be filled by direct election to the District Development Councils, the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, a statutory order issued by the UT government said the Deputy Commissioner of a district shall divide the DDC area into 14 single member territorial constituencies provided that the ratio between population of the territorial area of a constituency and the number of seats in the DDC shall, so far as practicable, be the same throughout.

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