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Omar ridicules CM’s ‘logical conclusion’ remark; says Centre rejected 47 prosecution requests

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Srinagar, Feb 02: Cornering the coalition government in J&K, former Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Friday ridiculed Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s “FIR registered against the army would be taken to the logical conclusion”.
In Shopian killings case, Omar said the Chief Minister asserted the FIR registered against the army would be taken to the logical conclusion. “What logical conclusion will you give to Shopian case when 47 out of 50 requests for prosecution of armed forces have been rejected by centre since 2000 and three are pending,” mar said, in his long speech that was heard by pin drop silence by all. “SIT should be formed in Shopian case in view of Army’s counter FIR,” he said.
Omar said J&K sent 50 requests to the Centre for action against various security forces involved in human rights violation in the state. “All the requested were rejected by the Delhi and I request CM to check what happens with the previous investigation,” Omar said. He raised the Machil fake encounter and asked about the follow-up.
“I am shocked that till now the government has not provided a medical report of an innocent minor girl of Kathua rape and murder case,” Omar said. “When Asiya and Nelofer were killed in Shopian, you every day raise the issue and went everywhere to lead the protest against the government. What are you doing now?”
Omar exhorted chief minister Mehbooba Mufti to “save her political soul from BJP’s hellfire” and dared her to choose the path of “course correction” to fast track the investigations on civilian killings, restore the institutions like District Development Boards and state cabinet, stop building political cadres under the garb of SPO appointments, speed up re-engagement of disengaged police wireless operators and withdraw the SRO 202 implemented wrongly by the previous NC-Congress coalition government headed by Omar himself.
Omar during his speech on the motion of grants for the Home department said that BJP has offered every concession to chief minister Mehbooba Mufti to buy her political soul and dip her down in a river where from she can’t come out.
“BJP has choosen to remain silent on the failure chief minister in the conduct of Anantnag parliamentary by-elections, attack on Amarnath Yatra, corruption breeding ground, increase in the share of PDP in the coalition ministry and much more.”
He sought explanations from the chief minister over the announcement of major policy decisions from the central government, Omar said it was disheartening that announcement for the amnesty to stone pelters was made by Dineshwar Sharma the central governments point man in Jammu and Kashmir. He urged the chief minister to ensure that announcements on major policy decisions come from her and other cabinet ministers but not from the central government as the same would restore the institutional credibility of the chief minister and the state cabinet.
Hitting out at chief minister for bulldozing her political agenda comprising self-rule, dual currency, troop withdrawal and troop reduction, Omar said that though Pakistan is responsible for lot of troubles the people of Jammu and Kashmir are facing but that country can’t be blamed for the mess the rulers in Jammu and Kashmir have themselves created and now opportunity for course correction has come to Mehbooba Mufti the incumbent chief minister of the state.
Questioning the Mehbooba government’s way of running the top institutions of the state like district development boards and the state cabinet, Omar said the transfers of top officials ordered through rotation of files without the cabinet has eroded the sanctity of the cabinet and district development boards have been bypassed by taking the route of public darbars for implementation of major decisions which as per the institutional arrangement have to be taken by the district development boards.
Omar also questioned the moral and political right of the chief minister to take on board the defeated candidates and ex-MLA’s of his party and bypass the sitting MLA’s of the opposition parties during public darbars and said that he was offered 20 out of 50 fair price shops by a top CAPD officer in his constituency and the ex-MLA in that constituency (Beerwah) was offered 50 fair price shops.
Demanding the presentation of a medical record of the Bakerwal minor girl murdered in Kathua district, Omar exhorted chief minister to fast track the investigation to ensure that guilty are punished so that such shameful incidents don’t reoccur in any part of the state.
Claiming that he himself had taken the case of Machil encounter to a decisive stage but the same has gone out of focus under the present government, Omar said “I myself had persuaded then central government to take action against one CRPF man for a punishable offence”.
Raising the issue of tying a civilian Farooq Dar to a jeep by army during parliamentary by-polls in Budgam district, Omar sought clarifications from the chief minister on the compensation that was to be offered to the civilian.
Linking the issue with the government plans of holding Panchayat polls in the state, Omar said “can panchayat polls be held in a situation that prevails in Kashmir right now.
Omar sought categorical clarification from the chief minister on second time stone pelters and wanted to know who are the second time stone pelters-those arrested in 2010 and rearrested in 2016 or those arrested in 2016 more than one time.
Alleging that the SPOs were appointed on political lines with the intent of building cadres for the ruling PDP-BJP combine, Omar Abdullah sought transparency in the appointment of SPOs.
Questioning the working of planning department, Omar claimed that against the proposed 600 crores plan the government has only 60 crores at its disposal and asked the government to explain where from the remaining 540 crores will come.
Asking the government to fast track the process of the reengagement of the disengaged police wireless operators and withdraw SRO 202 to give new recruits the benefit of full salary, Omar told the chief minister that the steps would give big relief to the youth hunting for government jobs.
Expressing dismay over the delay in the implementation of a government decision on KPS cadre review, Omar said the government decision on KPS cadre review is restricted to paper work and is yet to be implemented by the concerned quarters. He advised the chief minister to implement the decision on cadre review immediately. He also exhorted the chief minister to seek the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the restoration of the allocation of 50% quota of the All India Services of J&K cadre to ensure the induction of more and more locals in the civil and police administration of the State.


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Reorganization of JK: Legislative Council abolished after 62 years

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Srinagar, Oct 17:  Curtains came down on 62-year-old Legislative Council after Jammu and Kashmir government issued formal orders for its abolition and asked 116-member staff to report to General Administration Department.

The order was issued on Wednesday night, less than a fortnight before the state is divided into two union territories –Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh.

 

Jammu and Kashmir will be a union territory with Legislative Assembly. Ladakh will be a union territory without legislature.

According to the order, the 116-member staff of the council has been asked to report to the General Administration Department (GAD) by October 22.

The Centre had on August 5 abrogated the provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

In his order, Secretary of GAD Farooq Ahmad Lone directed transfer of all vehicles purchased from time to time to the director state motor garages and handing over of the building of the council along with furniture and electronic gadgets to the director estates.

The 36-member state council was established in 1957 after an act was passed by the Parliament. The council functioned was an upper house for the 87-member state assembly.

“Consequent to the abolition of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council in terms of Section 57 of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019, it is ordered that all the staff of the state legislative council shall report to the GAD by October 22,” the order said.

All records pertaining to the Council Secretariat including related legislative business shall be transferred to the Department of Law, Justice Parliamentary Affairs by the secretary, the order added.

Earlier in February this year, the State Administrative Council (SAC) under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik approved taking up the matter with the Election Commission of India (ECI) regarding the proposal for holding of elections to vacant seats in the J&K Legislative Council.

Explaining importance of the Legislative Council, former Congress MLC GN Monga said the members would discuss important issues in the Legislative Council.

“Like Raj Sabha, Jammu and Kashmir had the Upper House which was called Legislative Council. This House would pass important bills, discuss yearly budget then pass it. Its members would raise public issue and were trying to resolve them,” said Monga.

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Centre kicks off process to attract private investment in JK

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New Delhi, Oct 17: Centre has formally kicked off the process to attract the private investment in Jammu and Kashmir.

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the details of government’s policy to attract more investments in Jammu and Kashmir would be available very soon.

 “We have started working in terms of making sure that the full potential of Jammu and Kashmir from various different aspects (is achieved)”, she said.

 

Sitharaman made the comments while responding to a question during an interactive session with investors at the IMF headquarters. The event was organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and US India Strategic and Partnership Forum.

The minister listed out the investment possibilities Jammu and Kashmir carries in different sectors like tourism, fine arts, handicrafts, wood work, carpets, silk, production of saffron and apple.

“I think sooner the details of it (new policy) will be available,” she said.

On August 5, Centre scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

In his address to the nation after revoking the special status, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said state companies as well as private companies will be encouraged to create jobs for the local youth in the region.

“So very many things are all being put together to see how best a plan can be done, “Sitharaman said.

Sooner, some kind of pattern would be worked out between the union home ministry and finance ministry and announced.

Work is on, she said, while responding to a question from a Dubai-based investor who is trying to mobilise funds to invest in Jammu and Kashmir.

“I want to know from your perspective, after the change in this state, is there any special consideration being given to a State that has historically missed out on global and international investments?” she was asked.

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History will take note of those who ridiculed abrogation of Art 370: PM

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Beed, Oct 17: Hitting out at Opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said history will have a mention of those who ridiculed the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

“History will take note of every person who ridiculed the abrogation of Article 370. We removed Article 370 for the country, and not for politics. Whenever Article 370 is discussed in the future, every person who’s made fun of the decision, who has stood against and challenged it, would be discussed,” Modi said while addressing an election rally at Parli in Maharashtra’s Beed district.

 Prime Minister was addressing first of his three rallies in the state that goes to polls in October 21. His other two rallies are in Satara and Pune later in the day. Pankaja Munde, minister in state cabinet and daughter of late party leader Gopinath Munde, is locked in a tough fight from Parli against her cousin Dhananjay, who is contesting on a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) ticket.

 

 “A Congress leader had said this decision will destroy the country.  Three months have passed, has the country been destroyed? Another Congress leader said that we’ve lost Kashmir by abrogating Article 370, have we lost Kashmir? If you want to go to Kashmir let me know, I’ll make arrangements,” he said.

Urging voters to punish the Congress for it ‘misdoings’, he said: “The country can see through their scams and their fake remarks now. The country will punish them for their misdoings when the time comes, but Maharashtra has got the first opportunity to do it.”

Pitching for the re-election of the Sena-BJP combine in the state, Prime Minister said: “Today, if the whole state is behind the BJP-Shiv Sena government, it is because of the hard work we have put in in the last five years. On one side, there is the work-ethic of the current government, and on the other is the selfishness of the Congress-NCP leaders.”

Rajnath accuses Congress of internationalising Kashmir issue

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Bawani Khera, Oct 17: Lambasting Congress, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday accused the party of internationalising the Kashmir issue.

Addressing a poll rally, Rajnath said Kashmir is an internal matter.

Defence minister said a Congress leader recently met Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in London and held a discussion on the issue of alleged human rights violations in Kashmir.       

“I want to ask Congress leaders where human rights violations are taking place. Human rights violations were taking place when terrorist activities were occurring (in Kashmir). Why did not you speak at that time?” he asked the Congress.       

“I want a reply from the Congress. Kashmir is our internal matter. Will there be a discussion on it in other countries… Will you be discussing Kashmir matter in other countries?” Rajnath asked.

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