CSC gets 7th extension

Justice Sagheer Report

Jammu, Jan 11: Faced with continuous lack of consensus among its members, the Cabinet Sub Committee (CSC), constituted to look into the recommendations of Justice Sagheer led Working Group on Centre-State relations, got another extension till April 30 to submit its report.
Official sources said the term of the Committee expired in September 30 without any consensus among the members from National Conference and Congress on the recommendations made by the Working Group.
“The term of the Committee had expired and government had not so far extended the duration,” sources said adding that the Committee had legally ceased to exist. “On recommendations of Law Department the General Administration Department has now extended the term till April 30, 2013,” sources said. This will be the seventh extension to the Committee, which was asked to submit its report within three months, after its constitution.
“The extension was granted on the request of the Committee on the plea of holding more detailed deliberations, particularly on the recommendation of giving autonomy to the Jammu and Kashmir,” sources said.
“The committee members were of the opinion that the recommendation of giving autonomy to the state, as advocated by Justice Sagheer committee, is of serious nature and requires more time to arrive at a consensus. So considering the persistent difference of opinion among the members and zero outcome of five extensions comprising fifteen months, the sub-committee has decided to seek six months time.”
The Sub Committee comprise of senior ministers from the coalition alliance - National Conference and Congress. It was constituted after Congress expressed reservations about some of the recommendations made by the Working Group.
Minister for Tourism Nawang Rigzin Jora, Minister for PHE Taj Mohi-Ud-Din and Minister for Health Sham Lal Sharma are representing Congress in the Committee while Minister for Finance Abdul Rahim Rather, Minister for Rural Development Ali Muhammad Sagar, Minister for Industries S S Salathia, and Minister for CAPD Qamar Ali Akhoon represent National Conference.
Justice Sagheer led Working Group was constituted by the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, to address various dimensions of Centre-State relations.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 11 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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