Srinagar, April 04: Justice (Retd) Hasnain Masoodi, NC candidate for Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency has strongly refuted the Home Minister’s statement that Article 370 and 35-A will go in case of separate Prime Minister for Jammu and Kashmir.
Hasnain Masoodi has stated that not only the Articles 370, 35-A have nothing to do with the Sadar-i-Riyasat (President) and Wazir-e-Azam (Prime Minister) but both the Articles visualize two positions that are symbols of Jammu and Kashmir’s sovereignty.
Justice Masoodi has pointed out that after accession was conditionally accepted subject to referendum and Article 370 came into force both Sadar-i-Riyasat (President) and Wazir-e-Azam (Prime Minister) remained in place and co-existed with Articles 370 and 35-A for little less than two decades; that after unwarranted and undemocratic dismissal and arrest of Sher-i-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah the first Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir in 1953, the positions were replaced by Governor and Chief Minister by the 6th constitutional amendment of 1966 to the J&K Constitution and not by any Presidential order.
He has emphasized that 6th amendment being beyond Legislative competence of Jammu and Kashmir Legislature can be revoked and undone anytime by the Jammu and Kashmir Legislature as part of its constitution obligation not to fiddle with the basic structure of the constitution and rectify any mistake committed in violation of the Constitution.
Refuting the assertion that restoration of Sadar-i-Riyasat (President) and Wazir-e-Azam (Prime Minister) would end Articles 370 and 35-A, Justice Masoodi has maintained that the two position being provided under the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution and guaranteed by the pledges made to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, more particularly by Delhi Agreement in 1952, are in tune with the sovereignty enjoyed by the State under the Agreement and the Constitution. Justice Masoodi was addressing NC workers of Anantnag Assembly segment and youth wing of the party.
Governor Satya Pal Malik calls on PM
New Delhi, September 16: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday and is believed to have briefed him about the security situation in the state.
Normal life remained affected in the Kashmir Valley for the 43rd consecutive day on Monday.
“Shri Satya Pal Malik, the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir called on PM @narendramodi,” the prime minister’s office tweeted.
Malik is believed to have apprised Modi about the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, sources said.
The two UTs of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh will come into existence on October 31.
While security forces have eased restrictions in many parts of the Valley, normal life continues to be affected as business establishments remained shut and only a few vehicles plied on the roads.
Advisor Sharma for fast pacing clearances required for PDD schemes
SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 11: Advisor to Governor KK Sharma today directed for early clearances including Right of Works (RoW) so that the pace of implementation of various schemes meant for augmentation of electric infra in the state are paced up.
The Advisor was speaking at a meeting convened to discuss the issues/bottlenecks related to non completion of some part works of various flagship schemes in the PDD sector.
Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam, Financial Commissioner Finance Arun Kumar Mehta, Commissioner Secretary PDD, PCCF Forest, Chief Engineer PDD and other senior officers were present.
Divisional Commissioner Mr Baseer Khan, DCs of Ganderbal, Bandipora and other senior officers of District Baramulla and Budgam also participated through video conferencing.
The Advisor directed the Divisional Commissioner to ensure that the bottlenecks in the execution of these works should be removed as early as possible so that the balance work on these can be completed and the schemes are closed. He said that a mechanism should also be worked out to ensure that the issues related to RoWs and land acquisitions are addressed.
The Advisor said that the completion of left over works of some schemes is essential for realizing the commitment of providing adequate and round the clock supply of uninterrupted power. He said that the officers of the PDD should also remain in close coordination with those of district and divisional administration so that the issues are sorted out in regular review meetings.
The meeting discussed the bottlenecks to be cleared for execution of balance works of Zainakot-Alesteng Transmission Line and Grid Station Alesteng and that of Badampora-Bandipora Transmission Line and Grid Station Bandipora so that they can be completed within the targeted dates in the month of October. Necessary directions were passed to the concerned Deputy Commissioners and PCCF to ensure that the bottlenecks related to payment for compensation and land issues are settled at an earliest.
Earlier, Chairman State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC) Lokesh Jha called on the Advisor and discussed several issues related to the functioning of the Commission.
The Advisor also discussed various power related issues with the Chairman SERC.
Govt enhances stipend of House Surgeons of GMCs, GDCs
SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 11: Government today accorded sanction to the enhancement of stipend from Rs 19500 to Rs 35000 per month in favour of House Surgeons currently working in Government Medical College Jammu, Srinagar, Anantnag, Baramulla, Rajouri, Doda, Kathua and GDC Jammu/Srinagar.