J&K council passes Accountability Bill
28 November 2002
The Times of India
JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir legislative council on Thursday passed the Accountability Commission Bill to provide clean administration and enforce accountability to all levels by bringing the chief minister, ministers and legislators under its purview. Replying to the discussions on the Bill in the House, Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Ghulam Hassan Mir, said that the government had liberally accepted the amendments proposed by the Opposition to gather maximum support for it. He said that the support the Bill received in the Lower House from all parties was enough proof that the enactment of such a law was the need of the hour. Asserting that the intention of government in bringing the Bill was to provide clean and honest administration, the minister said that non-involvement of executive was done to allay the fears of the opposition of any misuse of the law by the government in power. Leader of the Opposition, Abdul Qayoom, appreciated the government for its openness in clearing the doubts of Opposition members on the Bill. Hailing the law, Bodh Raj Bali (National Conference) also appreciated the government''s gesture for accepting the amendments proposed by the Opposition. His party colleague Nazir Ahmad Mir said that the law would further strengthen the foundations of democracy in the state. Later, chairman Abdul Rashid Dar returned the Bill to the legislative Assembly and adjourned the House sine die.