Kamal for enhancing cabinet size limit
‘No one can replace Rather, Sagar’
Srinagar, Jan 16: Additional General Secretary of National Conference Dr Mustafa Kamal today said the limit on size of cabinet needs to be enhanced for giving representation to all regions and backward areas of the state.
Talking to a local news agency KNS Kamaal said: “The rules need to be changed for JK keeping in view its geography and difficult terrain. Existing slots are limited and enhancing the limit would give representation to more areas and regions which otherwise feel left out.”
Kamal said that that Omar has tried his best to give maximum number of areas possible representation in Tuesday’s reshuffle.
He said the decision to represent backward areas like Doda, Gurez, Zanskar and Kupwara in the cabinet was a positive step towards solving problems in the remote areas apart from strengthening the party there.
While praising the state Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather and Rural Development & Panchayati Raj Minister Ali Muhammad Sagar, Kamal said there could be no replacements for them in the state cabinet. “They are senior members of the cabinet and their administrative acumen is unmatched. Who could have replaced them”, asked Kamal adding “Rather sahib is a member of the core group of Finance Ministers in the centre which has only 8 Finance ministers as its members. He cannot be replaced by anyone”.
Kamal also welcomed the decision of the party leadership to revamp the party and said it would benefit the party in the long run.
On inclusion of Devender Singh Rana and Nasir Aslam Wani as Provincial Presidents of the Jammu and Kashmir provinces respectively, Kamal said: “They are young and new faces. They have worked closely with the Chief Minister over past four years and understand each other well.”
On the issue of reported resentment among some senior NC leaders over the reshuffle, Kamal said all the leaders, whether junior or senior, should accept the party leadership’s decision.. “There may be resentment among party leaders being senior, however, they should accept the leadership’s decision like they have done in the past as they would have seen many ups and downs through their careers”, he added.
Kamaal said issues like resentment among some leaders in cabinet reshuffle were natural and happen all over the country. (KNS)