Au­ton­omy res­o­lu­tion dropped

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

SRINAGAR—A res­o­lu­tion seek­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion of au­ton­omy res­o­lu­tion passed by the State Leg­is­la­ture in 2002, was dropped dur­ing the draw held to fi­nal­ize the res­o­lu­tions to be taken up in the Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly, sources told Greater Kash­mir on Mon­day.

Of­fi­cials in the LA Sec­re­tar­iat said the res­o­lu­tion couldn’t make it to Busi­ness of the House in the draw held to short­list the res­o­lu­tions to be dis­cussed. The res­o­lu­tion was sub­mit­ted by Na­tional Con­fer­ence leg­is­la­tor, Ali Muham­mad Sa­gar.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials, the res­o­lu­tion won’t be taken up in the House on June 24 and 28—the days al­lot­ted for Pri­vate Mem­ber Res­o­lu­tions in the on­go­ing Budget ses­sion.

“14 res­o­lu­tions were se­lected dur­ing the draw,” they said, adding seven each res­o­lu­tions would be taken up in the House on the se­lected days. How­ever, Na­tional Con­fer­ence ac­cused the Govern­ment of sab­o­tag­ing its res­o­lu­tion, which it said, would have ex­posed the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party.

“I was kept in dark about the bal­lot­ing for pick­ing up the res­o­lu­tions. It seems a de­lib­er­ate move on part of the Govern­ment to scut­tle the res­o­lu­tion,” Sa­gar told Greater Kash­mir. “We will raise the is­sue in the As­sem­bly.”

In the res­o­lu­tion, Sa­gar had urged the House to unan­i­mously con­vey to Gov- ern­ment of In­dia to re­con­sider the au­ton­omy res­o­lu­tion that seeks restora­tion of pre-1953 po­si­tion of the State. The res­o­lu­tion dates back to 2000.

On June 26, 2000, Na­tional Con­fer­ence-led Govern­ment headed by Dr Fa­rooq Ab­dul­lah passed the au­ton­omy res­o­lu­tion on the ba­sis of a re­port pre­pared by nine-mem­ber State Au­ton­omy Com­mit­tee (SAC). The SAC was set-up by the Govern­ment to ex­am­ine the ques­tion of restora­tion of au­ton­omy to Jammu and Kash­mir.

The Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly, while ac­cept­ing the rec­om­men­da­tions con­tained in the re­port of SAC, de­manded that the Cen­tre and the Govern­ment of Jammu and Kash­mir shall take pos­i­tive and ef­fec­tive steps for im­ple­ment­ing the same.

How­ever, the Union Cab­i­net on July 4, 2000 termed the res­o­lu­tion as un­ac­cept­able, say­ing, “it feels that the ac­cep­tance of this res­o­lu­tion would set the clock back and re­verse the nat­u­ral process of har­mon­is­ing the as­pi­ra­tion of the peo­ple of Jammu and Kash­mir with the in­tegrity of the na­tion.” In a face-sav­ing to NC–which was then part of BJP-led NDA govern­ment—the Cen­tre ap­pointed Arun Jaitley as in­ter­locu­tor for hold­ing talks with NC. The talks, how­ever, proved fu­tile ow­ing to ob­vi­ous dif­fer­ences as the BJP was in-prin­ci­ple against grant­ing the au­ton­omy.—GK Re­port.

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