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Government announces Block-Level Elections for Jammu & Kashmir

Government announces Block-Level Elections for Jammu & Kashmir

  • Jammu & Kashmir has been in a state of unrest since Article 370 was scrapped. There is an urgent need for setting up a strong government at the grass-root level.
  • To bring order in the state, the government has announced elections for the block development council across J&K. The elections are to be conducted on October 24.
  • In the first phase, the election will be held for 26,629 seats of panchs and sarpanches, and 310 posts of chairpersons. 
  • The block-level Chairperson will have a Block Development Officer as his secretary. Besides MLAs and MPs, the elected BDC chairpersons will also be a part of the District Development Board. The chairperson of the District Development Board will work closely with the District Deputy Commissioner in implementing the development work at the district and block level.
  • 172 seats have been reserved for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. 33 percent of the seats at the sarpanch and panch level have been reserved for women.

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