From KO Archives | Autonomy Committee Report ‘Soon’: Farooq

Asks Centre To Honour Recommendations

Jammu- Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah today reiterated his commitment to get the maximum autonomy restored to Jammu and Kashmir and expressed the hope that new government at the centre would honour the state's recommendations on this issue.

The report of high level state committee and the other concerning regional autonomy though delayed, would be tabled in the state legislature as, soon as possible, Farooq told legislative Assembly during question hour.

The report, after being discussed in the two houses of  the state legislature, would be submitted to centre for final decision chief minister said adding that restoration of autonomous state to Jammu and Kashmir will solve many a problems faced by the state, Abdullah said.

The main objectives of the state committee on autonomy was to examine and recommend measurers for the restoration of autonomy consistent with the instrument of accession, the constitutional application order, 1950 and Delhi agreement of 1952. The committee on the issue of regional autonomy with Balraj Puri as its chairman was set up to examine the issue of granting internal autonomy to the three regions of the state, Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. The committee has also been asked to recommend any change in the state's constitutional structure, for this purpose, Abdullah said in his reply.

Chief Minister said that functioning of the state committee was affected following the resignation of its chairman, Dr. Karan Singh. However the committee, now headed by Works minister Mohiudin Shah, had held 14 meetings so far while 19 meetings were held by regional autonomy committee, he added.

 (Kashmir Observer, 01 April, 1998)

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