Important for effective governance,couple of Commissions in J&K headless

Srinagar:  The Backward Classes Commission is headless from last two years after the retirement of its chairman Justice Ali Muhammad Mir. The delay by the Government to appoint the new chairman to this important Commission for over two years now has deprived a large number of villages in remote and far-flung areas of the State who had applied for grant of backward status to their areas to seek justice, aggrieved citizens of the State told CNS.

They said that their files are pending as they can’t be disposed of by the Commission neither the Government is in a position to forward them to the Commission which is a headless body now.

As per the guidelines for the appointment of a chairperson for Backward Commission, the state’s governor has the powers to appoint such a person in consultation with State Government but nothing is being done to mitigate the sufferings of the people living in backward areas. Jammu and Kashmir State Commission for Backward Classes was established under the J&K state Commission for Backward Classes Act 1997.

Likewise the Human Rights Commission which comprised of five members including one chairman and four members is also defunct from several years after the retirement of its Chairman, Justice Bashir -ud -Din and other four members.

Failure of the Government to re-constitute this important Commission has become a cause of concern for the people of the State.

The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (SCDRC) has also been left headless with the appointment of Justice (Retd) Bashir Ahmad Kirmani as member of the Accountability Commission. "The headless SCDRC has been adding to our woes. We have been visiting the office and eagerly waiting for disposal of our cases," said a group of aggrieved consumers. "Consumer courts are to save consumers from exploitation. But the government is denying that right."

Any person can go the consumer courts to seek compensation, refund or replacement of defected products. People can register complaint against any agency or trader, where monetary transaction is involved. "It is obvious that by leaving SCDRC headless, the state government is defeating the very purpose of the Consumer Protection Act. This assumes graver proportions as a large number of people affected by the September 2014 devastating floods have cases pending before the State Consumer Commission," they added.

In Jammu and Kashmir the State Information Commission (CIC) regarded as the fountain head of transparent society is also headless from past two months as the first ever Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of the state Ghulam Rasool Sofi completed his tenure on February 29 this year. In absence of the CIC, the Commission is unable to exercise administrative as well as financial powers to ensure its smooth day-to-day functioning.  (CNS)





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