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Central government is very keen to give a push to the promised development in Jammu and Kashmir and for this purpose they have recently announced the formation of committees before they will announce the notification for the elections of DDCs in every district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The DDCs replace the District Planning and Development Boards (DDBs) that were headed by a cabinet minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. For Jammu and Srinagar districts, as winter and summer capitals, the DDBs were headed by the Chief Minister. However, for Leh and Kargil districts, the Autonomous Hill Development Councils performed the functions designated for the DDBs.

The Councils will oversee the functions of the Halqa Panchayats and the Block Development Councils in tandem with the line departments of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

The committee will “consider and guide” the formulation of development programmes for the district, and indicate priorities for various schemes and consider issues relating to the speedy development and economic uplift of the district; function as a working group for formulation of periodic and annual plans for the district; and formulate and finalize the plan and non-plan budget for the district.

When the elections would be held and the committees formed at the district level, all the developmental schemes will get the fresh direction and guidance from these councils in every district as the additional district magistrate would be the chairman of these councils.

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