Ut­tarak­hand’s First Brush With Ar­ti­cle 356

Lack of set pro­ce­dures for Prez’s rule led of­fi­cials to scurry to pre­pare the docs

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Dehradun: When Ut­tarak­hand be­came the 27th state of In­dia on Novem­ber 9, 2000, in spite of sug­ges­tions to carve it out as a union ter­ri­tory, the mes­sage went out was that PrimeMin­is­terA­talBi­har­iVa­j­payee was try­ing to up­hold the prin­ci­ples of fed­er­al­ism in its true spirit.

More than a decade and half later, with Pres­i­dent’s rule im­posed in the state now, Va­j­payee’s own BJP party, which­head­s­theCen­tral­go­v­ern­ment un­der PM Naren­dra Modi, is be­ing ac­cused of tram­pling the federal sys­tem. Be­tween then and now, some­thin­gre­maine­dun­changedinthe­hill state:lackof set­pro­ce­durestorun­the ad­min­is­tra­tion — then for a new po­lit­i­cal sys­tem that came to power and now in the ab­sence of a po­lit­i­cal ma­chin­ery with the gover­nor in con­trol.

The state had no rules of busi­ness or sec­re­tariat instructions for Gover­norKKPaulto­fol­lowwhen­the Pres­i­den­tial procla­ma­tion was is- sued on March 27 and of­fi­cials had to scurry to pre­pare the doc­u­ments. They sourced some from Ut­tar Pradesh, from where Ut­tarak­hand was carved out, and tweaked them to suit the state’s re­quire­ments. In the very be gin­ning, t oo, Ut­tarak­hand faced many chal­lenges to es­tab­lish its own po­lit­i­cal sys­tem for trans­ac­tion of gov­ern­ment busi­nesses. It was not an easy task to run the ad­min­is­tra­tion in view of its ge­o­graph­i­cally large hill ar­eas. More than 70% of the state is cov­ered with for­est. It has lim­ited scope for its own source of rev­enue gen­er­a­tion.

State had no rules of busi­ness for Guv to fol­low un­der Prez’s rule

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