J&K Panchayat Bypolls To Be Held After COVID-19 Situation Improves: Top Official

About 12,600 posts of panch and sarpanchs, out of practically 40,000, are vacant (File Photograph)

Srinagar:

By-elections to all vacant posts of Panch and Sarpanch in Jammu and Kashmir will probably be held as quickly because the coronavirus state of affairs improves, Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam has mentioned.

About 12,600 posts of panch and sarpanchs, out of practically 40,000, are at the moment vacant.

The vacant posts are principally in Kashmir Valley.

“We are going to maintain bypolls to the vacant gram panchayat posts as soon as COVID-19 goes off. In actual fact, we had plans to carry the bypolls by February-March. However coronavirus delayed the entire course of,” the Jammu and Kashmir chief secretary instructed a bunch of visiting journalists.

Describing the panchayat elections, held in 2018 as “good elections”, Mr Subrahmanyam mentioned funds have been flowing to the panchayats the place completely different improvement works have been carried out for the good thing about the folks.

In keeping with an official estimate, 11,457 panch and 887 sarpanch seats are vacant in Kashmir, whereas 182 panch and 124 sarpanch seats are vacant in Jammu division.

When the bypolls to the panchayats will probably be held, they would be the first elections in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories in August, 2019.

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