PDP smells rat in creation of new administrative units

Warns against any manipulation, says official report should be made public


Srinagar, Jan 12: The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Sunday cautioned the State Government against any manipulation of an official report on creation of new administrative units in J&K for political ends, amid differences between coalition partners–National Conference and Congress–on the politically-sensitive issue.
 “People have right to know what the Mushtaq Ganai committee has recommended. Government should make the report public before its implementation,” Mehbooba said on sidelines of a party function here.
The PDP chief said by constituting the cabinet sub committee for implementation of the Ganai report, the Government was up to a “mischievous agenda to serve the political interests of some ministers.”
In its report submitted to the Government in 2011, the five-member Ganai Committee recommended creation of 23 Sub-Divisions, 57 Tehsils, 63 CD blocks, 79 Niabats and 733 Patwar Halqas besides rationalization/re-organization of various existing administrative units.
“The government will invite trouble if it created new administrative units in a secretive, selective and hush-hush manner,” she said. “We won't allow them to repeat the fraud that was committed in establishment of health centers recently to serve the interests of a few influential ministers."
On Saturday the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah launched a veiled attack on the Congress for creating hurdles in implementation of the Ganai report. The Congress has been demanding thorough examination of the report before any decision on its implementation.
Due to the long-standing differences between the coalition partners–National Conference and Congress- over the report and demands from various quarters including MLAs for incorporation of more areas into the report, the Government tasked the cabinet subcommittee in July last year to study the demands. The sub-committee, which is touring different districts to get the feedback, has been asked to submit its report on January 15.
Mehbooba accused the Government of politicizing a simple governance issue to take political mileage out of it. “People have right to know what is happening,” Mehbooba said.
Reacting to criticism of National Conference about joining of broadcaster and journalist, Nayeema Ahmad Mahjoor into the PDP, Mehbooba said her entry into the party was a part of the “trend in which enlightened people from different walks of life sense a hope in PDP and its agenda of peace and development away from the political frauds committed by the National Conference over the last 60 years.”

Lastupdate on : Sun, 12 Jan 2014 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 12 Jan 2014 18:30:00 GMT
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