SRINAGAR: The state government on Tuesday formed a five-member cabinet subcommittee to draw within a month a framework for “effective implementation” of ‘Agenda of Alliance’ between PDP and BJP in the state.
The subcommittee has three members from BJP in deputy chief minister, Nirmal Singh, minister for Industries and Commerce, Chander Parkash, and minister for Forest, Ecology, and Environment, Lal Singh.
The panel’s PDP representatives are minister for Public Works and Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Rehman Veeri, and Finance, Culture and Labour and Employment minister, Haseeb Drabu.
“The Agenda of Alliance provides a roadmap for governance aimed at striking the right balance between the socio-political aspirations of the people and the sustainable economic development so as to create a virtuous cycle of peace and prosperity for the people of the State,” said commissioner secretary to government, Gazzanfer Hussain in an order issued here.
The subcommittee should submit the report within a period of one month, Hussain added.
The ‘Agenda of Alliance’ was agreed upon by the two parties before joining hands last year. However, after the death of former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, his daughter and successor, Mehbooba Mufti, sought reassures from BJP.
The PDP demanded a timeframe for implementing the agenda, and an understanding on how to fast track the process.
The PDP also gave an impression that it wanted the BJP to focus on initiatives like return of power projects, relocation of army from pre-agreed and designated spots, development of Jammu and Srinagar as smart cities, and enhancement of flood relief.
The Kashmir-centric party also wanted BJP to create an environment enabling good governance and disallowing confrontations between the coalition partners or between PDP and New Delhi.
In her first address to the party leaders after Sayeed’s death, Mehbooba had said that her father’s decision to join hands with BJP was an “unpopular” move.
She had also accused BJP of “overt and covert” sabotage.
The disagreements notwithstanding, Mehbooba later resumed her party’s alliance with BJP soon after her “positive meeting” with prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, in New Delhi.