Centre says no to pre-1953 status for Jammu and Kashmir
11 August 2002
The Hindustan Times
New Delhi: Centre has outrightly rejected National Conference Government''s proposal for discussion on reverting back to the pre-1953 status of Jammu and Kashmir but expressed willingness to consider the requirement for additional powers to fight terrorism and provide better governance. ''The emphasis of the state is that dilution of state''s powers must be reviewed which has taken place since 1954,'' Home Ministry sources said on the ongoing talks between Centre''s interlocutor Arun Jaitley and ruling National Conference (NC) representative GM Shah. The pre-1953 status of the State envisaged exclusion of the juridiction of the Election Commission, the Supreme Court and the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) over the state. It also termed the Governor as Sadr-e-Riyasat and the Chief Minister as Prime Minister. The Centre''s unequivocal message during the two- rounds of talks with the NC representative was that ''do not go into the history.'' ''The Centre says tell us where in governance of the state do you feel shortage of power, we are willing to look into these areas,'' the sources said. They said Jammu and Kashmir was still in the process of pointing out the specific nature of powers it required in addition to the available powers now.