SRINAGAR: National Conference Working President Omar Abdullah on Friday said that the PDP-BJP government “undemocratically sabotaged” the Land Laws (Amendment) Bill -2016 and dented the dignity and honour of the State Legislature.
Omar met governor NN Vohra and asked him to make necessary interventions to uphold the Constitution of the State and to safeguard the interests of the Permanent Residents of the State.
Omar who along with his party members submitted two memorandums before Vohra regarding “government’s sabotage” of the Land Bill and the “regressive, overt attempt to weaken” the Panchayati Raj System in J&K through the J&K Panchayti Raj (Amendment) Bill 2016.
It said that a “well-orchestrated unholy drama was executed by the government thereby drafting an unprecedented chapter in the history of the State’s Legislature”.
The memorandum stated that as per procedure after due diligence and clearance by the State Cabinet, the State Government presented ‘The Jammu & Kashmir Land Laws (Amendment) Bill 2016’ before the House”.
It informed Vohra almost the entire House was of the considered opinion that the Bill of the Government in the form presented should be passed.
It added that the Minister for Relief and Rehabilitation was on his feet in the House and he brazenly requested the Speaker to refer the Bill to the Select Committee of the House. The request of the Minister, unfortunately setting aside all Parliamentary Procedures and Conventions was agreed.
It said that role of the Speaker in this has brought disrepute to the State Legislature which by the way of the unique powers vested in it.
In the memorandum on the regressive attempt to weaken the Panchayati Raj System through the Panchayti Raj (Amendment) Bill 2016, the NC Legislative Party informed the governor that two amendments were moved by two NC legislators, Ali Mohamamd Sagar and Devender Singh Rana urging the Bill be taken to the Select Committee for wider consultation.
“The NC Legislative Party highlighted that J&K has an indigenous robust Panchayati Raj System which is the soul of the decentralization of the Democracy,” the statement said.
The NC Legislative Party informed Vohra the Amendment [LA Bill Number 7 of 2016) was an “overt attempt to weaken the system by scuttling the democratic principles and introducing the indirect process of the election of the Sarpanch, thus paving way for coercion, corruption and malpractices to manipulate the elections and is likely to impact the newly created Blocks”.
They called upon the governor to return the Bill for reconsideration if and when it’s passed by the J&K Legislative Council and is sent to the governor for his assent.