Coalition intact, Cabinet clears 659 admn units

My Government will complete full term: Omar  Abdullah 

JAMMU:  Putting all speculations to rest, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Saturday said the coalition government would complete its term without any hiccup. 

Abdullah’s comments came after the cabinet approved the creation of 659 new administrative units as recommended by the sub-committee.

The issue of new administrative units had caused fissures between the ruling partners, National Conference and Congress, with Omar Abdullah even threatening to resign.  

Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand led Cabinet Sub Committee finally placed its report before the cabinet Saturday, after some delays and hiccups that had prompted Omar to seek Congress high command’s intervention. 

At a hurriedly called press conference after the cabinet meeting in Jammu, Abdullah flanked by deputy CM, said there was perfect understanding between the coalition partners and the government would last till last day.  

Informing that the Cabinet has approved the recommendations made by the CSC about creation of 659 administrative units in the state Omar said     the creation of these units will entail costs but the fast delivery of the services and unburdening the existing units would prove effective. 

The new units include 46 sub divisions, 135 tehsils, 177 CD Blocks, and 301 niabats. 

Responding to a query, the Chief Minister said;

 “The decision arrived today in the cabinet meeting is indicative of the fact that the NC, Congress coalition is working and strong. It also indicates that we can iron out differences and work together for the welfare of people”.

He said that both NC and Congress will function smoothly and there was every possibility that both the parties can cross every hurdle at ease.

“The sign is that the coalition is strong and working well. We come up to the difficulties and the hurdles and it is possible that we work together despite difficulties,” he said adding that both the parties have mandated their respective high commands to decide about the future alliance. “We will accept what they will decide,” Omar said. “But what we see right now is that this coalition will last to the last day.” He said.

However, keeping the pre-poll alliance option open, the Chief Minister said, “It is an indication that we can work together but it should not be confused with the pre-poll alliance”.

After over two hours of deliberations, the Cabinet presided by chief minister adopted the recommendations of the Cabinet Sub-Committee (CSC) in its full form.      

The cabinet discussed the recommendations threadbare and finally adopted the report that envisages creating 659 units.  Apart from the CSC report the cabinet approved hike in bus fares, enhancement of Dearness allowance,  and agreed to the recommendation making existing panchayat’s  co-terminus with the Patwar Halqas.

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