After elections of DDC members established the three-tier panchayat system in J&Okay just lately, the UT administration had earlier this week introduced the protocol and honorarium for the members. A DDC chairperson could have the rank of an administrative secretary or inspector-general of police and obtain an honorarium of Rs 35,000 per 30 days. Vice-chairpersons are to get Rs 25,000 and different DDC members Rs 15,000.
The coaching programme organised by the rural development department was to be inaugurated by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha. Nonetheless, the DDC members stored away saying the honorarium and protocol introduced had ‘humiliated’ them. They stated they had been keen to speak solely with the LG or central representatives to resolve the difficulty.
“The administration made a joke out of us and mocked the entire democratic train. Forms doesn’t wish to empower elected representatives and desires to maintain DDC members as puppets,” stated DDC Srinagar chairman Aijaz Hussain of the BJP. “A DDC chairperson ought to have a cupboard rank and different members ought to be given the rank of minister of state. The order must be reviewed. Our safety officers obtain a minimal wage of Rs 60,000 a month,” stated Hussain.