srinagar: The National Conference (NC) on Monday accused the PDP-led coalition government of “hatching a well-planned conspiracy to further erode the autonomy of the state.”
“A lot of confusion has been created over the past months. First, there was an issue over National Food Security Act, then Sainik colony, industrial policy, and now NEET (National Eligibility Entrance Test). In all these issues it can be said that the state’s autonomy is being attacked day-in and day-out,” NC general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar told reporters here on Monday.
The autonomy of Jammu & Kashmir was no more what it was in the olden days when the state had its own prime minister and Sadr-e-Riyasat, Sagar reminisced. An Indian wishing to travel the state had to seek a travel permit from the government. Successive state governments, Sagar said, gave up many powers over the years. The NC government had in the past submitted an autonomy report to the Indian parliament demanding restoration of the state’s autonomy, the general secretary said in a press conference.
“The (PDP) government’s response to current issues seems to be the excuse of not being consulted before the framing of industrial policy. On NEET, the education minister said initially that the government would fight against it, but after the Supreme Court’s decision, he said its implementation will not affect the state. Then there have been the Sainik colony and Pandit colony issues. The state is not a colony of India; it has a special status,” Sagar reminded.
The state government recently said that it would revisit the industrial policy approved by the governor NN Vohra when the state was under governor’s rule. About the proposed construction of Sainik colony, the government had initially denied the existence of such a proposal, then later said that it would not approve it.
“In the upcoming assembly session we will raise all these issues,” Sagar declared.
On the Handwara incident in which five civilians were killed after a girl was allegedly molested by an army soldier, NC leader and former chairperson of Jammu and Kashmir state commission for women, Shamima Firdous, said that the government had responded to the issue in a confusing way.
“Our demand for a judicial probe into the matter was rejected. Had it been done, the result would have been altogether different,” Firdous said.