Addressing a public gathering after Chief Minister Omar Abdullah inaugurated the Power Receiving Station at Kanir in Charar-i-Sharief Assembly Constituency of Budgam District, Minister for Finance, Abdul Rahim Rather said that abrogation of Article 370 as suggested by some BJP leaders is not possible at all adding that the Article has attained permanent position in the Indian Constitution and has become its part and parcel.
“The Constituent Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir was only authorized to modify this Article but it has kept it in the Constitution as a permanent feature, as such it is not constitutionally possible to abrogate this Article which governs J&K relations with Union of India”, he said.
Rather referred to the innovative initiations of Omar led government and dwelt in detail about Right to Information Act, Public Service Guarantee Act and empowerment of Panchayats. He said these measures have given powers to people to scan government functioning at all levels, get delivery of 69 public services in a fixed time frame, be participant in development and planning process at grass roots and help in good governance.
Describing Omar Abdullah ‘Sher-i-Kashmir Sani’ (Second Sher-i-Kashmir), Abdul Rahim Rather said that Omar has inherited all high qualities of public service and vision from Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and he is emerging as second Sher-i-Kashmir on the political spectrum of the Country. He assured full support of the people of his Constituency and the State to Omar Abdullah in his efforts to bring peace and normalcy in the State and resolve political issues.