Omar gets his way, J-K Cabinet approves 659 new admin units

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    Omar gets his way, J-K Cabinet approves 659 new admin units : North, News - India Today
    PTI Jammu, February 1, 2014 | UPDATED 19:48 IST

    Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet on Saturday approved setting up of 659 new administrative units in the state, a proposal pushed by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on which he even considered quitting following resistance from ally Congress.

    "I want to tell the people of Jammu and Kashmir with happiness that the state Cabinet has approved the recommendations of the Cabinet Sub Committee (CSC) on setting up of 659 new administrative units in the state," Omar told reporters after the cabinet meeting here.

    Terming the decision as "historic", the chief minister said that it will benefit a large number of people in the state.

    A political storm brewed in Jammu and Kashmir in the past few weeks over the proposal to create new administrative units with National Conference refusing to budge from its stand in its favour while Congress and some others opposing it.

    There were indications that Omar was considering resigning after the state Congress leadership appeared to be stonewalling his cherished scheme of new administrative units ahead of the April-May Lok Sabha polls and scheduled Assembly elections in October-November this year.

    "It is a historic decision taken by the Cabinet. It is a decision taken by the Cabinet after several years through which a large number of people will be benefited," Omar said Saturday.

    Replying to a question about differences between NC and Congress and his threat to resign, Omar said, "What is important is not so much of method but the result.

    "The result is today we have approved setting up of new administrative units in the state which resulted in a historic decision".

    Omar said the Cabinet has directed finance and revenue departments to prepare a road map for implementation of these new units to benefit the people on the ground.

    Giving details, he said as many as 46 sub-divisions has been recommended, and 135 tehsils, 177 CD blocks, 301 niabats, making it a total of 659, Omar said.

    The CSC has also given their opinion on converting Patwar Halqas into Panchayats in the state, which has been forwarded to the finance and revenue ministries for creation of the road map, he said.


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    J&K cabinet approves extending provisions of the 73rd constitutional amendment - The Times of India

    JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir cabinet on Saturday approved extending provisions of the 73rd constitutional amendment to the state for empowering panchayati raj institutions, fulfilling a demand of Congress and opposition.

    Congress, which is part of the ruling alliance, was quick to claim victory after a cabinet meeting presided by chief minister Omar Abdullah took the decision with the party noting that its vice-president Rahul Gandhi had been vociferously raising the demand.

    "Provisions of the 73rd amendment (of the Constitution) have been approved in full spirits. All the provisions, which were demanded by Congress, have been implemented in letter and spirit. It is victory of Congress and AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi," Tourism minister GA Mir said.

    Congress and the opposition BJP had been demanding inclusion of 73rd Amendment which would give decision making and financial powers to panchayats. It gives panchayats autonomy in planning and execution of development work and utilization of funds.

    The demand was fuelled after panchayat elections were successfully conducted in the state in 2011 after three decades.

    Responding to the demands, Omar had recently said that a "fully empowered panchayat system in the state is my goal".

    Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress committee (JKPCC) chief spokesman Ravinder Sharma welcomed the decision.

    "Congress has finally won a long drawn battle over implementation of the 73rd amendment in J&K to empower panchayati raj institutions," Sharma said.
     

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