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Kakinada: Delivering the keynote address in a seminar on ‘Democracy – Role of Local Self-governments’ arranged on the occasion, founder president of the Lok Satta N. Jayaprakash Narayana highlighted the need for abolishing the village-level ‘Janmabhoomi Committees’ with immediate affect to ensure the elected representatives of the local self-governments to work independently.
“These committees are unconstitutional and they are not allowing the elected bodies to attend to their duties and fulfil their responsibilities. Unless these committees are abolished, there is no meaning to the local self-governments,” he said.
Observing that the prevailing political environment was not so encouraging for the youngsters to join the politics, he said the more and more youngsters could join the politics only when the local bodies were strengthened and becoming independent.
“We are lagging behind in terms of rural development when compared to countries like China and Pakistan. Even the Central government is not allowing the panchayats and local bodies to become independent,” he pointed out. Reception committee president Sabbella Gangi Reddy highlighted the need for replacing the existing five-tier political system with the three-tier system to strengthen the panchayats at the village-level.
Courtesy: The Hindu