Punjab govt hand in glove with bureaucracy out to demolish ‘panchayati raj’ system: AAP

Punjab govt hand in glove with bureaucracy out to demolish ‘panchayati raj’ system: AAP

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Moga, Jul 2 : The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has accused the ruling Congress government in the state, like its predecessors Badal government, of demolishing the ‘Panchayati Raj’ system, considered to be the very bedrock of democracy, and ripping apart the very fabric of governance thus throwing the blame on elected representatives and bureaucracy.

Senior leader and Political Review Committee (PRC) Chief Harchand Singh Barsat said here today it was shocking than surprising that even as the elections to Zila Parishads and Block Samitis were held in September 2018, election to elect the chairmen were yet to take place. So much so, the process to administer the oath of secrecy to the elected members had yet not started which, what they described as a ‘murder’ of democracy and a clever to ploy to do away with the lofty institutions.

The AAP leaders alleged that the ruling Congress legislators were conniving with the ‘fake’ ‘halqa’ in-charge officers whom the people had rejected for obvious reasons, were resorting to interfering in the affairs of panchayats.They further alleged that the six-monthly meetings of gram sabhas due in the month of June were reportedly being held in office records only. As per the latest reports available, at these so-called meetings, the ‘dead’ people were being shown as ‘alive’ in office records. Latest reports pouring in from the border villages of Fazilka area were a pointer to prove the point.

Barsat accused the ruling Congress government MLAs, in league with the so-called ‘halqa’ in-charges, of interference in the official work of panchayat samitis in the state, which had led to hampering of developmental works in various areas . AAP leaders Kuldip Singh Dhaliwal and Dalbir Singh Dhillon have demanded that if the Captain Amarinder Singh had a semblance of love lost between the democratic institutions and his government, he should immediately free the lofty institutions from political interference so that the developmental work was not hampered in the state.