Chief Minister Omar Abdullah flew to Jammu from Delhi to preside an urgent meeting of the NC core group to assess the recommendations that the CSC would be making to the cabinet. The CSC has finalized creation of 659 administrative units which are nearly triple the units that Mushtaq Ganai committee had recommended.
The meeting currently in progress at the residence of Chief Minister is being attended by Abdul Rahim Rather, Mian Altaf, Ajay Sadotra, Ali Mohammad Sagar, Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan, Mohammad Akbar Lone, Surjit Singh Slathia and Devinder Singh Rana. The meeting will take a formal decision about the NC stand in the cabinet meeting that will take place at 2 PM.
The CSC that concluded its last-but-one meeting slightly past midnight is expected to meet again before submitting its report. There is a possibility that either side may suggest some more corrections.
The committee, so far, has recommended 659 administrative units in addition to making Patwar Halqas coterminous with the existing Panchayats. The new administrative units include 46 sub divisions, 131 tehsils, 178 community development blocks and 304 Nayabats. The other recommendation would improve the number of patwar halqas to nearly 4098, an addition to more than 2000.
Mushtaq Ahmad Ganaie headed Commission had recommended only 222 administrative units (excluding patwar halqas) only. Interestingly, it had suggested eight new districts, for which the CSC lacked any mandate. The new districts include Akhnoor-Chhamb and RS Pura-Suchetgarh-Bishnah (border district), one district carving out of Reasi and Ramban including Gool-Arnas-Mahore-Gulabgarh, one district in Rajouri comprising Sunderbani-Kalakote-Nowshera and one district out of Kathua including Bani-Basohli-Billawar, all in Jammu province, two districts in Kashmir including one in Anantnag and another between Baramulla-Kupwara and one district in Ladakh between Leh and Kargil, a Jammu newspaper reported. The new districts are just a suggestion and not the recommendation.