SRINAGAR: In a major development, the Centre has amended the Jammu & Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act-1989 for establishment of elected district development councils (DDCs) in the Union Territory.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Friday night issued an order under ‘The Jammu & Kashmir Re-Organisation Act-2019’ to amend the Panchayati Raj law.
Under the new mechanism, each district in J&K will have 14 territorial constituencies for electing members of the DDC. These territorial constituencies will be spread over areas other than those falling within the limits of municipal corporations, councils and committees.
“For each district, there shall be a DDC having jurisdiction over the entire district, excluding such portions of the district as are included in a municipality or municipal corporation constituted under any law for the time being in force,” reads the amendment in the law.
As per the amendment, only elected members of territorial constituencies will have voting rights to elect or remove chairmen of DDCs. MLAs of the UT and chairpersons of block development councils will be members of DDCs. The term of DDCs shall be five years.