Governor Should Leave Sensitive Issues For Elected Govt: NC

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SRINAGAR — National Conference on Thursday asserted that the Governor, Satya Pal Malik, should leave the sensitive is­sue to be decided by the elect­ed government.

The party said that the ad­ministration should refrain from making changes in the state juvenile laws.

In a statement, Chief Spokes­person Aga Syed Ruhullah Meh­di while expressing dismay over the incompatible intervention of SAC into the state’s juvenile justice act said, “As reported by some media, Governor Ad­ministration is mulling change in the juvenile justice laws. We, however, urge the incum­bent governor administration to have wider consultations on the issue. The governor should carry out wider consultations across the political spectrum of state on this issue.”

Ruhullah said that the prior­ity of the incumbent adminis­tration is a make-shift arrange­ment until a democratically elected government is in place. “It would have been better if the current incumbent admin­istration leaves matters like these as changing the juvenile justice laws for a democrati­cally elected government to decide upon,” he said.

Chief spokesperson said that a democratically elected government possesses a wider public trust. “In a democratic set up such issues are pre­sented before the legislature for wider discussion and then put into operation. I urge the incumbent administration to leave such issues for a demo­cratically elected government to decide upon,” he said.

He said when we talk of juve­nile justice, various stakehold­ers’ Police, NGO’s, civil society groups, elected representatives should be taken aboard before any changes are made to the ju­venile justice laws. “Our party stands for strengthening the existing legal framework of ju­venile justice. However, the first priority is to protect children from committing any offence that is where we can protect them from being in conflict with the law. However this calls for wider consultations and discussions in the legislative assembly,” he said.

He urged the incumbent governor administration to concentrate on giving sound administration and leaving the complex issues for the elected government to decide upon.

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