Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, in complete agreement with ally Congress’s stand on the creation of new administrative units, Saturday agreed for a patwar khana in each of the 4,098 village panchayats across J&K.
Pointing out that the state Cabinet headed by him has accepted in toto the report of the Cabinet Sub Committee (CSC) headed by Deputy CM Tara Chand, Omar also announced the creation of 659 new administrative units across the state, including 46 sub divisions, 135 tehsils, 177 community development (CD) blocks and 301 niabats. “The Cabinet has instructed the Planning and Finance Departments to prepare a road map for early implementation of these recommendations,” he said.
The new administrative units recommended by the CSC are three times more than those recommended in the Mushtaq Ganai Committee report. The state, at present, has 21 sub divisions, 82 tehsils, 143 CD blocks, 257 niabats and 1,714 patwars. Omar also announced further strengthening of the state’s Panchayati Raj Act by incorporating provisions of the 73rd amendment to bring it on a par with the Centre’s.
While the National Conference leaders in the CSC were reportedly in a hurry to have new administrative units as per the Mushtaq Ganai Committee report, Congress leaders put their foot down, saying that many areas with genuine claims had been left out in it.
Omar, who had a few days ago threatened to part ways from ally Congress over the issue, Saturday praised the Congress majority CSC, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and other senior Congress leaders. “What is important so much is not the method as the result,” he said when asked whether he ever thought of resigning in the wake of the stalemate between the coalition partners.
Asked about the possibility of a pre-poll alliance with the Congress in the state, he said both alliance partners have left this decision to their respective high commands.
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