Apprehensions that the discord over the new creation of administrative units in the state may encourage Omar Abdullah to walk out stand doused as the cabinet sub committee meeting concluded its marathon meeting at a positive note. The CSC has finalized its report and will see it again after the recommendations are printed and mandatory signatures of its members.
CSC is meeting at 10 PM again to sign the document that would be submitted to the weekend cabinet at 2 PM, sources from Jammu said.
A member of the CSC told Kashmir Life that the meeting, though long, was cordial and there was not the tensions as media was speculating. “It was smooth and accommodating,” the member, speaking anonymously said.
He said the CSC ended up recommending less than 600 administrative units comprising tehsils, sub-divisions, blocks and Nayabats. Exact numbers would be available once the final print out is ready.
“The major demand was there for patwar halqas because across J&K we have less than 2000 patwar halqas,” the member said. “We have recommended that J&K should have a patwar halqa for every Panchayat and that essentially means we may have to double the patwar halqas to reach the 4200 which is the number of panchayats.”
The CSC will meet one last time at 10 PM at the state guest house and go through the notes and final print of the recommendations that it is making. It will be signed and will go to the cabinet in the afternoon. It depends on the cabinet whether or not it accepts everything or makes any change.
Another member said that the CSC addressed the problems that were there in the Mushtaq A Ganai report. “We improved things as there were certain disparties,” he said. “The new units may not be more than 550 to be precise.”
The meeting was presided over by Deputy Chief Minster Tara Chand and those attended included Akbar Lone, Ajay Kumar Sadotra, Mir Saifullah (NC), Sham Lal Sharma, Nawang Rigzin Jora, G A Mir and Ghulam Hassan Mir (Congress).
Another report said the CSC has approved tehsil for Litter in Pulwama and “something for Wagoora” in Baramulla.