All is not well in JK: Govt ‘surrender’ powers to bureaucrats

Harbans S Nagokay


Entangled in a plethora of controversies, the Jammu and Kashmir government is eventually ‘surrendering’ powers to bureaucrats. Even power to decide political fate of the coalition is left at the disposal of the civil servants.

Meanwhile, the wedge between the coalition partners is becoming visible when senior leaders skip or remain uninvited in sub-committee meetings.

The Jammu and Kashmir government has empowered bureaucrats to take decisions regarding working of the government.

Mired with controversies, one after another, the J&K government has finally decided to handover ‘absolute’ executive powers to the bureaucrats, even to decide the fate of government working.

In today’s sub-committee meet, the government decided that Chief Secretary shall prepare an Action Taken Report (ATR) with regard to implementation of the ‘Agenda of Alliance’.

“The thing worth mentioning here is that Agenda of Alliance as discussed and finalized between two political parties and its implementation was under the purview of the coalition partners, thus surrendering this power to bureaucracy shows that things are not good between the alliance partners,” highly placed sources said quoting official spokesperson.

“The Sub Committee reviewed the progress with regard to the implementation of the ‘Agenda of Alliance’. It was also decided in the meeting that Chief Secretary shall prepare an Action Taken Report (ATR) with regard to implementation of the ‘Agenda of Alliance’ and accordingly brief the Sub Committee in the next meeting likely to be held in the last week of August 2016,” spokesperson said.

Earlier, the Sub Committee constituted to draw up a framework for the effective implementation of the ‘Agenda of Alliance’ in the State of Jammu and Kashmir met under the chairmanship of Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Public Works and Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Rehman Veeri, Minister for Forest, Ecology & Environment, Ch Lal Singh and Minister for Finance, Culture and Labour & Employment, Dr Haseeb A Drabu.

Two senior leaders, each from BJP and PDP missed the meeting due to reasons best known to them, thus raising questions over the affinity and coordination among the coalition partners.

BJP parliamentarian-Shamsher Singh Manhas and government spokesperson-Naem Akhter remained absent from the important meeting.

While Manhas was following party whip of being present at New Delhi during the passage of GST Bill, Naem Akhter remain absent despite being in the city.

Talking to Newspoint, MP-Shamsher Singh Manhas said that he could not attend the meeting because of parliament session. “I stuck at New Delhi, but I am shocked to know that the Chief Secretary has been asked to prepare ATR on Agenda of Alliance,” he expressed shock.

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