PC Coming With Good News About ‘black Laws’31 January 2011
Srinagar: Even as the state government is busy evolving a consensus over the need to lift Disturbed Areas Act from some regions in JK, Union Home Minister Pallaniapan Chidambaram is likely to make an important announcement during his forthcoming trip to the state. As a major confidence building measure (CBM) to build peace, the government is trying to evolve a consensus for revocation of Disturbed Areas Act to pave way for abrogation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act from some areas in the State, highly placed sources told Rising Kashmir.Sources said the move would be one of the major CBMs that the National Conference-Congress government would take in the near future ever since its taking over reigns in 2009. “Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is pursuing the issue vigorously with New Delhi,” they said. It may be recalled that Union Home Secretary G K Pillai has recently thrown the ball in State Government’s court stating that any decision about DAA has to be taken by the JK Government. Sources said the Chief Minister wants to cash in on the announcement as early as possible. They said some of the Congress leaders in the State, however, have reservations about the revocation of DAA. “All major political parties have to be taken on board over the issue. Omar is trying to address the reservations of some leaders to evolve a unanimous consensus,” they said. Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ali Muhammad Sagar said the government was seriously striving for consensus over the issue. “We want to create a friendly atmosphere, first within the State and then in New Delhi. This becomes essential to create a conducive atmosphere for taking such steps,” he said, in a clear hint that some people within the State were opposing the move. Sources said some Congress ministers and leaders within the State were opposing the move on the pretext that the step may prove “counter-productive”. They said the Congress leaders and some ministers are of the belief that the areas where from DAA would be removed would automatically pave way for the revocation of AFSPA. A Congress minister, wishing anonymity, said they were not completely against the move but each step should be taken after through deliberations, keeping in view the militancy graph in the respective areas. “We have to see that the area should not turn into a safe haven for militants. The areas where from DAA would be lifted would also witness less presence of troops,” he said, adding such things have to be taken into consideration before going for any major decision. The State Government has already constituted a committee, which include officials from the States Home Department and police to review the areas from where DAA could be revoked. The committee is briefing the Chief Minister about their observations, sources said, adding Srinagar and Jammu districts are on the priority list of the areas where from DAA would be lifted. However, sources said the final report of the committee would be of great importance. An official in the State’s Home Department, wishing not to be named, said the situation is being reviewed as per the schedule. “Review will take place and decisions will be taken accordingly,” he said. While Law Minister Sagar said the atmosphere has to be friendly both within the State as well as in New Delhi, before the government could announce any decision. “The government is committed to bring peace in the Valley. For that, certain important CBMs are bound to be taken,” he said.