Coordination Committee soon to oversee functioning of J&K Govt
29 November 2002
The Hindustan Times
Press Trust of India
New Delhi: Almost a month after formation of a government in Jammu and Kashmir, the PDP-led coalition constituents are close to setting up a Coordination Committee to oversee the functioning of the government. The Committee, to be headed by a Congress representative, would provide a forum for discussions on important matters to help the government take collective decisions. ''Groundwork has already been done and I have informally discussed the matter'' with Chief Minister and PDP president Mufti Sayeed and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, state Congress chief Ghulam Nabi Azad told PTI here. Formal discussions will take place soon as ''we were waiting for the Assembly session in the state to get over'', he said. The assembly session, first after the polls, ended on Thursday. Stating that the Committee would be headed by a Congress leader as per an understanding between the coalition partners, Azad said the membership will not be more than 10. ''All the coalition partners - PDP, Congress, CPM, People''s Democratic Forum (PDF), Panthers Party and one independent each from Ladakh and Kargil - would get representation in the Committee according to the number of legislators,'' he said. The formation of the Committee, likely to be headed by Azad, assumes significance as it would provide a forum for the coalition partners to deliberate on crucial issues, particularly after a controversy has arisen over release of some separatists by the government recently.