“Panchayat elections would involve the people at gross root level in policy implementation and formulation for their development," Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Ali Mohammad Sagar said.
Sagar impressed upon the concerned officials to speed up the preparation process so that the elections can be held smoothly and within the shortest possible time.
Sagar also added that the three-tier set up would ensure effective decentralisation of power. The Panchayat and local bodies' polls were earlier scheduled to be held in spring this year.
Jammu Kashmir has 2,700 panchayats out of which elections were held in about 1,900 in 2001.