Backward Commission makes forward movement on quorum

2 Former Judges Set To Be Appointed As Members; CM Clears Names


Srinagar, Oct 29: Facing flak from the Opposition as well as treasury benches over the lack of quorum in the State Backward Classes Commission, the Jammu and Kashmir Government is all set to appoint two formers judges as members of the Commission after the approval of the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for the same.
 The absence of quorum for the past one year has hampered the smooth functioning of the Commission and its ability to decide on at least 1600 representations filed before it on inclusion of areas in ‘backward areas list’.
 Highly placed sources told Greater Kashmir that the Government would issue formal orders for the appointment of former district and session judges Khaliq-ul- Zaman Bhat and Sheikh Ghulam Nabi as members of the Commission after Durbar move offices open in Jammu.
 “All formalities including the clearance from Vigilance Organization have been completed. The Social Welfare Department would issue notification shortly after offices open in Jammu on November 5,” they said, adding that the names were proposed by the National Conference-Congress Coordination Committee (CC) during its last meet in Srinagar.
 According to sources, the names were forwarded to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for final approval after the CC nod.
 “The file was cleared by Chief Minister’s office recently and later the Law Department completed all the procedural formalities and forwarded it to Social Welfare Department for issuance of notification about these appointments,” they said.
 According to sources, not a single case amongst 1600 representations filed before the Commission was cleared for the past one year due to lack of quorum.
 The issue also rocked the autumn session of Assembly with legislators of both opposition as well ruling alliance coming down heavily on the government for keeping the posts of members in the Commission vacant. It prompted the Speaker Muhammad Akbar Lone to issue directions to government to make the appointments.
 Lone had asked the state government to give a definite time frame for appointment of members to the State Backward Classes Commission to ensure its proper functioning.
 “How soon is it? One year, one month...the government should give a definite time frame. As elected representatives, we are facing difficulties in referring cases to the commission which is not functioning properly due to lack of (adequate) members,” Lone had said.
 Constituted under Jammu Kashmir State Commission for Backward Classes Act of 1997, the Commission should have five members including chairman to decide over the appeals filed before it for enlisting certain areas and down-trodden sections as backward to extend them concessions under a particular category.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 29 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 29 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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