In a departure from tradition,the Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet has decided to move out of the capital cities for its regular meetings. And the first outdoor Cabinet meeting is proposed to be held at Karnah,close to the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara.
Officials say the decision to move out of Srinagar and Jammu and to the remote villages of Kashmir for the Cabinet meetings has been taken after Chief Minister Omar Abdullah personally put forth the idea.
The first Cabinet meeting outside the capital city is proposed for Karnah on May 30. The officials said all the Cabinet ministers will move to the border region on that day. Incidentally,the son of Karnah legislator Kafeel-ur-Rehman is also getting married on the same day where most of the ministers and legislators are expected to be. Kafeel had won the 2008 elections from Karnah on the National Conference (NC) ticket.
There would be three big events in Karnah from May 29 to 31, said a senior official of the Kupwara district administration. They would cross LoC crossing at Teetwal and the son of Kafeel sahib is also getting married. We were expecting a large number of guests including ministers there. Now the Cabinet is also meeting there.
The officials said the decision to hold Cabinet meetings outside Srinagar is aimed to give a sense of belonging to the people of these remote areas.
After Karnah,the government plans to hold Cabinet meetings at other remote areas of the Valley.
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