J&K govt to pass Bill to ensure accountability
19 November 2002
The Times of India
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
JAMMU: In a bid to ensure a clean administration, the Congress-PDP government is planning to introduce a Bill on accountability during the special session of the assembly, scheduled to begin on Thursday. The Bill sought to make the chief minister and his council of ministers answerable to the people, said deputy chief minister Mangat Ram Sharma. Just as charity began at home, accountability should begin with ministers themselves, said Sharma. He said if promulgated, the Bill would ensure an administration, which was responsible and responsive to people''s needs. The Bill is likely to be drafted by law and finance minister Muzaffar Hussain Beigh, who is also a reputed Supreme Court lawyer. Asserting that the government would act tough against militants, Sharma said innocent blood would not be allowed to shed. He said the coalition government was looking forward to talks with the Kashmir Committee.