New Admin Units: Issue likely to dominate Cabinet meet

SRINAGAR: The state cabinet scheduled to meet on Friday afternoon, is likely to witness an exhaustive discussion on creation of new administrative units in the state.

A Congress minister said there are enough of chances that the issue of creation of new administrative units will surface in tomorrow’s cabinet meeting. “The issue has become a Pandora’s box. Now every area is demanding a new administrative unit. But it is not a matter of few rupees we need massive funds for the creation of a new unit. That is why the issue is likely to be raised in the cabinet meeting tomorrow,” the minister told KNS pleading anonymity.

Few senior leaders in National Conference revealed that the party wants creation of new administrative units without any delay and if the issue is raised in the cabinet meeting tomorrow, the NC ministers will vehemently advocate for the same.

“We are for good governance and it is possible only when we take governance to the doorsteps of people. So if the issue is raised in the cabinet tomorrow our ministers will surely advocate for creation of new units without any delay,” said a senior NC leader on the condition of anonymity.

A senior Congress leader said that the creation of the proposed 955 administrative units would cost the State around Rs 800 crore including recurring and non-recurring expenditure. They said that the government would have to create more than 4600 posts under various categories for these units.

The government had constituted a committee headed by former chief secretary S S Bloeria in 2007 but later its report was termed inconclusive in 2009. In 2010, the government revived the committee with Mushtaq Ahmad Ganai as its head. The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) demands that both the reports be made public. PDP has also questioned the timing chosen by the government to go for implementation of these reports saying that the same is being done taking vote banks into consideration. 

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