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J&K DDC Members Organize Protest Over Status, Fees | India News


SRINAGAR: A day after the J&K management announced its status and set its fees, newly elected members of the district development council (DDC) boycotted a government program in Jammu on Tuesday to register their protest.
Crossing party lines, DDC members staged the protest on the grounds of the Jammu Convention Center, where everyone had gathered to attend a training program organized by the Department of Rural Development.
Calling the administration’s Monday order “humiliation and insult,” they refused to attend the training program, which was scheduled to be inaugurated by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha. This led the government to cancel the program.
DDC member Shabir Ahmad Lone said they will resign en masse if the government did not revoke the order.
Muzaffar Ahmad Dar, another DDC member, said: “We were promised that we would have powers on a par with the MLA, but the bureaucrats are against it. They have issued the order without consulting us ”.
The J&K administration had amended its order of precedence (WOP) on Monday, placing the DDC president equal to the administrative secretary / inspector general of police.
According to the WOP, the vice president and the DDC member will be equal to the vice chancellor of a university and the president of the block development council (BDC), respectively.
The administration had also set the DDC president’s fees at Rs 35,000 per month, Rs 25,000 for Vice-Chair and Rs 15,000 for members.

Times of India