Autumn session of legislature begins today
Opposition To Corner Govt On Empowerment, Security Of Panchayat Representatives
Srinagar, Sep 30: The autumn session of the legislature beginning Monday is expected to be stormy, as the opposition is all set to corner the coalition government especially National Conference over empowerment and security of Panchayat representatives in the state. Besides, the empowerment of grassroots representatives, which has triggered severe differences between ruling alliance partners – National Conference and Congress, the “disempowerment” of anti-graft and transparency institutions like State Information Commission (SIC) and State Accountability Commission (SAC) and violation of juvenile rights are also on the agenda of the opposition.
With killing of Sarpanchs and Panchs triggering an intense debate over their empowerment beyond the political landscape of Jammu and Kashmir, the opposition parties have chalked out separate strategies to take on coalition government over the issues linked with devolution of powers to grassroots representatives.
Since the formation of NC-Congress coalition government in 2009, it will be for the first time that the opposition formations - Peoples Democratic Party, Bharatiya Janta Party, Panthers Party and Jammu State Morcha - have found a common cause (empowerment of Panchayats) to take coalition government especially NC head-on in the legislature.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, PDP chief spokesman, Naeem Akthar said that empowerment of Panchayats and “subversion” of institutions including SIC and SAC will be on our agenda.
“We will push for democratization of Panchayats as well as their empowerment as this government has completely failed to devolve powers to Sarpanchs and Panchs,” Akthar said, adding “deteriorating” security scenario, which has led to panic among Sarpanchs would also be raised by us.
The PDP spokesman said they would question government over “chaos in the political leadership that has resulted in complete collapse of administration” and “failure of State Government to implement Centrally Sponsored Schemes like RMSA, SSA and NREGA.”
“Despite liberal funding from the Centre, the benefits of Central schemes have failed to percolate down to the common masses due to inefficiency of the present dispensation,” he said, adding that PDP will not sit silent on detention of juveniles like Faizan Sofi and others just for wearing a particular color.
“The fallout of recent measures of centre resulting in complete disappearance of cooking gas and frequent power shortage in the state are the issues over which PDP will seek answers from government,” he added.
State Secretary of Communist Party of India (Marxist) and member Assembly from Kulgam MY Tarigami said that empowerment of Panchayats and upgradation of juvenile justice system in JK will be on his agenda
“I have moved the bill for democratization and empowerment of Panchayats last year. And it (Bill) seeks doing away with nominations at different levels and having elected representatives at every level of three- tier system,” he said.
The CPI (M) leader said he will also demand bringing juvenile justice law of the state in conformity with international and national standards.
“For the last two years, we have been hearing that government will bring the law for juvenile justice, but every time, on one pretext or other, it faces roadblock,” he said, adding that taking away powers of SIC and SAC is also a matter of concern for all .
“And, we cannot be indifferent towards the grave issue of corruption that has percolated at every level in administration and bureaucracy,” he added.
And the priorities of BJP during the session are no different from other opposition forces.
“We will push for implementation of 73rd and 74th amendment of constitution of India in the State,” says BJP leader and MLA Jammu East Ashok Khajuria
Khajuria minced no words in castigating Congress for creating “hurdles in devolution of powers to Panchayats.”
“Congress is shedding crocodile tears over empowerment of Panchayats. If it is serious and sincere in its demand, then it should have walked out of coalition government after Omar Abdullah categorically refused to implement 73rd amendment,” he said, adding that BJP would also raise the issue of rehabilitation of West Pakistan and Pakistan Administered Kashmir refugees.
The Panthers Party will also push for giving powers to Panchayats and limiting role of government in their functioning.
“We are committed to raise the issue of empowering Panchayats as has been done by us in the past,” Balwant Singh Mankotia, MLA of Panthers Party told Greater Kashmir.
Apart from this, weakening of Right to Information Rules-2010 and “discrimination of Jammu” will be on our agenda, he says.
“Our legislators would seek constitution of Lokpal and Lokayukta to check massive corruption prevalent in state,” he said.
Not only “united” opposition, NC has another factor to worry; it’s ally, Congress.
Political analysts say that the stand taken by Congress over incorporation of 73rd amendment in the state has put National Conference in an awkward situation.
“There are very remote chances that Congress will come to rescue of NC when it would be under attack from united opposition over issue of Panchayat powers on floor of Assembly,” an analyst said.
“Given the stand of Congress High Command and Pradesh Congress Committee, Congress MLAs have no alterative but to either remain silent or back opposition over the issue,” they added.
The 10-day autumn session of the Assembly will see a total of seven working days. As per the provisional calendar issued by the Assembly secretariat, the government business will be taken up on October 1, 3, 4, 8 and 10 while the Private Members’ Resolution will be taken up on October 5. Similarly the Private Members’ Bills will be considered on October 9.
Legislators have furnished 511 queries in the Assembly secretariat for response from the Government. Among the queries, 276 are starred and remaining 235 are un-starred. However, the speaker Muhammad Akbar Lone has disallowed 43 questions on different grounds.
About, 40 resolutions and nine bills have been moved by lawmakers.
Lastupdate on : Sun, 30 Sep 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 30 Sep 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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