Monday, January 30, 2012

Farooq to debate Interlocutors report in Parliament

Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Dr Farooq Abdullah today said that the report of K-panel, which was to be presented before the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), should be first deliberated in the Parliament before moving ahead about its implementation.

Talking to media at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan, party headquarter in the winter capital, National Conference (NC) president said, “Finally, it (report) has been part of the people. The report has to be discussed in the Parliament. It should be discussed threadbare so that we know exactly what is their view-how we go about it and work on that." Replying to related queries, Farooq said, “That report is lying with the Union Home Ministry. I think Home Minister was to discuss the report in Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). I do not know what has happened, whether it has been discussed or not. I am not the member of CCS so I have no idea about it. But I will ask my colleague Chidambaram about it."

He was referring to the statement of Union Home Minister made earlier this month. Union Home Minister had said that the report was likely to be taken up by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) in its meeting in few days.

The interlocutors Dileep Padgaonkar, M M Ansari and Radha Kumar had submitted their report on October 12 after visiting the state and taking all shades of opinion. The report suggests a number of administrative and confidence building measures and the Centre has asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to look into them and implement as many as possible.

Farooq refused to entertain queries pertaining to incorporation of 73rd constitutional amendment in J&K Panchayati Raj Act, saying, “I’ll not comment on that.”

He, however, said, “We’ll empower Panchs, Sarpanchs, the process is on.”  Regarding demarcation of powers of legislators, he stated that this was the prerogative of Speaker of Legislative Assembly to decide as which powers should be given to legislators.

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