District Development Councils (DDCs) to be set up in J&K

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  • October 21, 2020
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District Development Councils (DDCs) to be set up in J&K

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – Governance

In news

  • The Central Government recently amended the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989.
  • The amendment shall facilitate the setting up of District Development Councils (DDC).
  • The members will be directly elected by voters in J&K.

Key takeaways

  • The DDCs will act as a new unit of governance in J&K. 
  • This structure will include a DDC and a District Planning Committee (DPC).
  • J&K Panchayati Raj Rules, 1996, have also been amended to establish DDCs.
  • This system shall replace the District Planning and Development Boards in all districts.
  • It will also prepare and approve district plans and capital expenditure.
  • The term of the DDC will be five years. 
  • The electoral process will allow for reservations for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and women.
  • The Additional District Development Commissioner (or the Additional DC) of the district shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the District Development Council.

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