Omar Rules Out Scrapping of PSA


Reiterates Govt’s resolve to revoke AFSPA

JAMMU: Ruling out any possibility of scrapping the controversial Public Safety Act, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said the government was committed not to allow misuse of the law. He said the law was enforced in the state even before the onset of militancy in late 80’s.

“Public Safety Act was introduced in the state on 08 April 1978 when the militancy had not even taken off, and its basic aim was to deal with timber smuggling”, Chief Minister, who is also holding the charge of home Affairs said in a written reply in the state Assembly. He was replying to the cut motion of independent legislator Er Ab Rashid.

According to KNS reporter covering the ongoing session, Chief Minster categorically said that in the present circumstances, Government had no intention or plans whatsoever to scrap the law. He however said that his Govt was committed to continue its efforts for the revocation of AFSPA, which he said was enforced in the trouble hit state on 5th July 1990 to deal with insurgency.

“AFSPA was enforced after Kathua, Udampur. Rajouri, Ponch, Doda, Sriagar, Budgam, Anantnag, Baramullah,  Pulwama, and Kpowara were declared disturbed areas vide notification no. SRO-351 dtd 10-08-2001.” Omar Abdullah said in his written reply.

Chief Minster admitted that for the revocation of the controversial law, there have been demands from political establishment, separatists and people from other walks of life.

“To address the demands, Govt. has constituted two committees, one each in Jammu and Srinagar so that the areas where from AFSPA could be revoked are identified”, said the CM and added that the recommendations of these committees were still awaited.

Meanwhile Chief Minster informed the house that there was no minor or woman presently detained under PSA. Replying to the cut motion of MLA Dr, Mohammad Shafi Wani , Chief Minster Said, “  There was no youth below 18 held under PSA  till 18th  March and no woman under the same law till 20 March 2013.”

The CM however informed the house that till 23rd of March 2013, there were 100 women lodged in different jails of the state, of which 13 have been convicted. CM however refused to ascertain the identity of these women.

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