July 2016 News

Omar Says Govt. Is Trying To Sabotage Land Transfer Bill

1 July 2016
The Hindu
Peerzada Ashiq

Srinagar: National Conference (NC) working president Omar Abdullah submitted two memoranda to Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra alleging that the government was trying to 'sabotage the Land Laws (Amendment) Bill 2016 and weaken the Panchayati Raj system' in the State through the J&K Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill 2016. Leading a delegation of NC's legislature party, Mr. Abdullah said 'a well-orchestrated unholy drama was being executed by the government' on the land laws, which define norms on transfer of immovable property to a non-State subject in Jammu and Kashmir. Under alleged pressure from its alliance partner BJP, the government on Thursday sent the Bill banning transfer of any property to a non-State subject to a Select Committee despite the Cabinet approving the Bill earlier. According to the NC memorandum, the State government presented 'The Jammu & Kashmir Land Laws (Amendment) Bill 2016' before the House after due clearance by the State Cabinet. 'Barring the BJP [whose Ministers in the Cabinet approved the said Bill], almost the entire House felt the Bill should be passed in the form presented,' said the memorandum. 'Put to vote, the Bill shall pass with majority even if the BJP legislators stand to oppose it. As soon as this realisation dawned on the government, the Minister for Relief and Rehabilitation was on his feet, brazenly requesting the Speaker to refer the Bill to the Select Committee of the House,' it said. The legislators also accused the government of weakening the Panchayati Raj system. 'An overt attempt is being made to weaken the system by scuttling the democratic principles and introducing the indirect process of the election of the sarpanch, opening a window for corruption.,' said Mr. Abdullah.