Resolution on flood relief stands, one on Truth & Reconcilliation Commission falls

Srinagar: A private members resolution calling for rehabilitation of last year’s flood victims on the pattern of Uttrakhand will be taken up in the ensuing autumn session, which begins from Saturday.
Filed by Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar, opposition NC’s legislator from Ganderbal, it is among the eight resolutions picked through ballot on Thursday that will be taken up in the House on October 6 (Tuesday), secretary assembly secretariat M Ramzan told Kashmir Reader.
However, Jabbar’s another resolution, demanding that 2014 floods should be declared as the worst-ever floods in more than a century as a “national calamity” failed to pass through process of ballot (draw of lots) along with several other resolutions, including the one filed by NC’s legislator from Mendhar Javed Ahmad Rana, which had called for constitution of a truth and reconciliation commission in the state.
In fact, Rana’s was among the nine resolutions accorded “priority” by the Speaker when he disallowed a few resolutions moved by BJP legislators, seeking strict implementation of high court order over beef ban and awarding capital punishment to those slaughtering cow in the state.
Recently, on the 25th anniversary of Gaw Kadal massacre, former Chief Minister and NC working present Omar Abdullah made a fresh pitch for establishing the T&RC.
As chief minister, Omar in March 2011 had suggested setting up of the T&RC after the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) should come up with an inquiry report on unmarked graves. It was actually for the first that an official inquiry established that there are scores of unidentified bodies in unmarked graves in the Valley.
In the report, concluded after a three-year-long inquiry by an 11-member team of its investigative wing, the SHRC had revealed that as many as 2156 bodies are buried at 38 sites in the Valley.
Omar’s suggestion didn’t see the light of the day and his latest reaction was in relation to the anniversary of the massacre, in which 52 civilians were killed by paramilitary soldiers at Gawkadal on January 21, 1990.
Meanwhile, the seven other resolutions which were determined by ballot include BJP MLA Rajeev Sharma’s resolution to provide adequate teaching staff from primary to higher secondary schools in the state in general and Akhnoor Constituency in particular; PDP MLA from Rafiabad Javed Hassan Beig’s motion to check the growing menace of the use of narcotics by the youth of the state; MLA Kulgam MY Tarigami’s resolution to urge Government of India and the state Government to fix minimum wages of workers not less than Rs 15,000 per month; BJP MLA from Jammu West Sat Paul Sharma’s resolution, demanding development of new tourist spots in Jammu particularly along the banks of River Tawi; PDP MLA Kokernag Abdul Rahim Rather’s resolution to replace poplar plantation by deodar and other conifer species to cover up all the places where such plantation was required; Congress MLA from Gool-Arnas Aijaz Ahmed Khan’s resolution for approving IIT at Bidda in Reasi district and former speaker and MLA Eidgah from NC, Mubarak Gul’s resolution for providing incentives to every district in order to maintain child sex ratio in the state.
Among the nearly two dozen resolutions which were dropped after the ballot include BJP MLA from RS Pora Dr Gagan Bhagat’s resolution for having a flag of state legislature on the official vehicles of MLAs and MLCs.
Few other resolutions which were dropped include one on inter-district recruitment ban
(PDP MLA from Rajouri Qamar Hussain); making Urdu language compulsory in all schools upto 10th class (Shah Mohammad Tantray—PDP legislator from Ponch-Haveli); providing accommodation to MLAs/MLCs in civil secretariat (Peoples Conference MLA from Kupwara Bashir Ahmad Dar); “To accord constitutional status particularly in the field development privileges and protocols of legislators” (BJP MLA from Ramnagar, Ranbir Singh Pathania); establishing of workshop for repairing of damaged transformers at Aishmuqam (NC MLA from Pahalgam Altaf Ahmad Wani); fresh BPL survey to be conducted in Srinagar (NC MLA from Habba Kadal Shamima Firdous) besides two resolutions by Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Shah (PDP MLA from Tral) and Hakim Yasin (PDF MLA from Khag), demanding a blanket ban on production, sale and consumption of all kinds of liquor in the state.