Jammu, Feb 3: The All Party Meeting on Panchayat elections will be held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday, sources said.
The APM has been convened by the government to seek the views of all the political parties in the State regarding the conduct of the polls.
They said all recognized political parties have been invited to the meeting. Members of National Conference and Congress, among others, are scheduled to attend the meeting which has been convened at 2 p.m., they said.
The APM was earlier to be chaired by Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Abdul Haq Khan. However, Opposition parties like National Conference and Congress demanded Chief Minister to chair the meeting, underlining that it useless in her absence as she also holds the charge of Home department. The Government conceded to the proposal and Abdul Haq Khan made the announcement about the Chief Ministe chairing the meeting earlier this week.
According to reports, Indian Home Ministry has decided to deploy over 40,000 personnel of the central paramilitary forces for the panchayat elections. The decision, the reports said, was taken on the request of the state government and accordingly 300 companies of various Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) are being deployed for the polls.
Of the fresh battalions sanctioned for the task by the Home Ministry, the report said, 85 will be from the Central Reserve Police Force, 75 from the Border Security Force, 55 from the Central Industrial Security Force, 40 from the Sashastra Seema Bal and 45 from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police.
Apart from the fresh battalions, 101 training companies of these forces, already present in the state, will also be utilised for the panchayat elections, officials said.