Delhi Hints Yes To Autonomy5 March 2010
Srinagar: Day after the high profile meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Government of India Friday hinted at acting on the proposal of autonomy recommended by the Prime Minister’s Working Group V headed by Justice (Retd) Saghir as the viable solution for Kashmir resolution. In this regard, New Delhi Friday asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to immediately furnish a detailed report on Justice Saghir’s WG recommendations and took a strong note of delay the NC-led coalition government took in replying on the recommendations. “We’re still awaiting Jammu and Kashmir government’s report on Justice Saghir WG recommendations so that a serious view is taken on the proposal of giving autonomy to J&K. We’ve already informed the State government so that we can take the final decision,” said Union Minister of State for External Affairs, Ajay Maikan in Lok Sabha on Friday. “As soon as the J&K government furnishes its report to us, we’ll immediate act on it.” Meanwhile, the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, as per sources, has directed the committee formed in this regard to accelerate its work in preparing the draft report on the recommendations of Justice Saghir recommendations “so that it could be furnished immediately to GoI”. The committee headed by Minister of Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Muhamad Sagar, was formed soon after Justice Saghir handed over the report of the recommendations of his Working Group. Justice Saghir WG was formed in 2006 by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to prepare a report on the Centre-State relations. But, Sagar said that the committee headed by him has already finalized the draft report on the Justice Saghir recommendations, which would soon be sent to New Delhi. “We’ve analyzed the report of Justice Saghir working group recommendations as per the constitution of the State. A draft report on it is ready, which we will soon submit to the chief minister. The CM will in turn submit it to New Delhi at the earliest,” Sagar told Rising Kashmir.