PDP sees fraud in new administrative units

Make Ganaie, Blorea reports public: Beigh

Srinagar: Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Monday described the government’s proposed creation of new administrative units in the state as a fraud being played on people and a match that was already fixed. 

Addressing a press conference senior PDP leader Muzaffar Beigh said, “The exercise on the face of it is only an attempt to put up a facade for ruling parties’ designs to use the creation of new units for political purposes. Having failed on all fronts of governance the ruling party is now desperately trying to subvert the system to secure some seats for some influential politicians at a huge price to administrative system.”

Beigh said that with elections drawing near, the ruling party seems to have gone into an overdrive on the issue. 

The cabinet subcommittee, he said, has made some ‘cosmetic’ appearances at some select places for so called interaction to elicit people’s views. “It is beyond comprehension as to how common people or their representatives could offer their views without knowing the contents of the report or its recommendation,” he said.

The former deputy chief minster added that the ‘insincerity’ of the ruling parties in attempting to create new administrative units, at this stage, ‘without putting in public domain the reports of experts and without discussion in the state legislature, was heightened by the facts that the statutory institutions like Panchayats have remained defunct because of the callous and unforgivable failure of the government to hold election at the block and district level’.

“Further, despite the assurance of the ruling parties given to the legislature through the Governor’s address in Budget session of 2010 the elections to local bodies would be held by May, 2010, no step has been taken till today. The ruling parties desire to befool the electorate at this stage through creating some administrative units on paper only.” Beigh added.

Substantiating his claims, Beigh said that CSC exercise was patently farcical as they were working to a deadline given by the chief minister for his obvious political interests. “The audience at these so called meetings is sponsored by the ruling party itself to elicit predetermined opinions. It is a fixed match. If the units had ultimately to be created through such charade what was the need for a committee and why did the ruling party wait for the election time to execute its plans.”

Reiterating its demand of making the report of the Mushtaq Ganai committee public Beigh stated that even the portion of recommendations made by the earlier Biloeria committee should be put in public domain. 

“PDP would want to make it clear that any lopsided, manipulative, injudicious or politically oriented creation of administrative units will not only take away the advantage that  the ruling party desires to get out of this last hour poll gimmick, but will also create immense anger among the public who will feel deprived of the due rights.” 

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