CSC dies silently

SAGHEER COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

AKSHAY AZAD

Jammu, Dec 9: Amid National Conference-Congress bonhomie, the recommendations of Prime Minister-V working group on state-centre relations, headed by late Justice Sagheer Ahmed, have seemingly lost the focus of the government as the Cabinet Sub Committee (CSC), constituted to study the report has died a silent death.
 While the committee was given six extensions after the members failed to evolve a consensus on certain recommendations, ambiguity surrounds its existence as it has failed to meet despite lapse of 2 months since the expiry of the last extension.
 “The last meeting of CSC was held in September after which no meeting was held till date despite the fact that the last extension of six months expired on the 30th of the same month” sources told Greater Kashmir adding after that no extension has been given to the committee.
 They said that it was due to the casual approach of its members that the CSC has become inactive.
 Pertinently, the seven member committee, headed by Finance Minister, Abdul Rahim Rather, has three members each from National Conference (NC) and Congress.
 The committee has so far been given six extensions, including five extensions of 3 months each and last one of six months, but it remained indecisive with divergent views of committee members on one major contentious issues”, sources said.
 They said the latest six month extension was given to committee on May 17 as last opportunity to conclude the discussions, but the stalemate continued till it held the last meeting in the month of September.
 The recommendation of autonomy remained the bone of contention between NC and Congress till last and the two parties failed to reach on any conclusion.
 “During 19 month of its existence, the issue of autonomy was not touched even once” sources said, adding that going by the zero progress over all these months, it has become clear that CSC would never be able to evolve a consensus.
 Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Taj Mohi-ud-din, one of the member said that Congress was firm on its stand that Indira-Sheikh Accord should be the basis of relations between JK and New Delhi.
 “If NC and Congress stalwarts had already set the basis of J&K relation with centre , then who are we to question it?. Our stand is clear that Indira-Sheikh Accord should be basis of state-center relations but NC has some reservations and they demand Autonomy” he said, adding that due to reservations of NC, the committee remained indecisive. He said that the last meeting of CSC was held in September. “Though the extension has not been given so far the same will be accorded in coming days” he said.
 Pertinently, the CSC is headed by senior NC leader and Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather with NC ministers Ali Muhammad Sagar, Surjeet Singh Salathia, and Qamar Ali Akhoon and Congress ministers Taj-Mohi-ud-din, Sham Lal Sharma , Raman Bhalla, Rigzin Jora, as its members.
 The CSC was constituted on October 11, 2010 initially for three months but since then it has been given six extensions.
 Earlier, the Committee had discussed the recommendations in its meetings held on January 28, 2011, June 1, 2011, August 8, 2011, December 27, 2011, February 17, 2012, March 27 and June 14, but during all these meeting consensus eluded members.
 Justice Sagheer-led Working Group was among the five groups announced by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in 2006 to address the dimensions of Centre-State relations in context of Jammu and Kashmir. Late Justice Sagheer had submitted report to the government on December 18, 2009.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 9 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 9 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 10 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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