Jammu Tawi, December 2
Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Law & Justice Abdul Haq today termed Gram Sabhas as the parliaments of the rural areas. He called for strengthening the democracy at the grassroots level by empowering the Gram Sabhas. Maintaining that Gram Sabhas are the most important element of the Panchayati Raj system, Abdul Haq said J&K would achieve real progress at the grassroots level only if the Gram Panchayats are made more vibrant and active. Minister expressed these views while reviewing the implementation of Rural Development schemes at a meeting with ACDs of all the districts of the state.Abdul Haq said for the people of rural areas, Gram Sabha is the parliament, where people decide which development works have to be taken up in their villages. He said increased participation of people in the rural development programmes, decentralization of planning and greater access to credit are envisaged for providing the rural people with better prospects.