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No sign of Assembly polls, Centre floats new local level govt in J&K: District council

Following the release of all senior political leaders, including Mehbooba Mufti, the center amended the 1989 Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj law to facilitate the establishment of district development councils (DDCs). members are directly elected by the electorate in the territory of the Union. A senior official from the Union’s territory told the Indian Express newspaper that it would mandate a third level of government – local bodies – and that it aims to deepen the political process at the local level.

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