Govt has no right to rob J&K of fiscal autonomy
Srinagar: Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies has earned the government against its attempts “to rob the state of whatever remains of Art 370” and condemned the crackdown on its members for protesting implementation of GST regime in Jammu and Kashmir.
In a strongly worded statement, the KCSDS said that J&K Government had no right “to rob the state of whatever remains of Art 370”. “Those days are gone when state governments traded state’s autonomy for retaining the position of puppet regimes,” the statement said.
Condemning in strong terms the detention of traders and civil society members who planned to protest against the “unqualified and unbridled imposition of 101 constitutional amendment concerning GST”, KCSDS said that the policy was a new low in democratic governance.
“The arrests and house arrests are a commentary on the newest low that the state government has touched in the reversal of democracy and its procedures and strategies of protest against the loot and scramble of the remnants of the special status provisions that govern our relationship with the union of India till the final resolution of Kashmir dispute,” a statement issued by KCSDS said here.
The arrested traders and civil society members, including KCSDS members Shakeel Qalandar and Mubeen Shah, should be released forthwith, the statement demanded.
“People will never condone this blatant subversion of state fiscal autonomy and other related administrative powers by the present deceitful government. The government should learn from the past mistakes and bring out a model of GST which fully safeguards the fiscal autonomy,” said the statement.