Omar trying to denotify disturbed areas in J&K : PC30 November 2011
The Daily Excelsior
NEW DELHI: Home Minister P Chidambaram today said the efforts of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah are to denotify the Disturbed Areas from some places in the State, a move which will pave way for removal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act. Talking to reporters here after presenting the monthly report of his Ministry for November, Chidambaram also made it clear that the decision to denotify areas from Disturbed Areas Act would be taken by the State Governor on the advice of the State Government. 'At the moment, what the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister wishes to be done is to denotify areas which had been originally notified as Disturbed Areas. That is his effort now. That, as I said earlier, is in accordance to the Cabinet Committee on Security decision which requested him to review the matter in the Unified HQs,' he said. To a separte question about the report submitted by the three Interlocutors Dileep Padgaonkar, Radha Kumar and M M Ansari on Kashmir, the Home Minister said the report was a 'practical roadmap' and suggests a way forward to find a solution to the political issues that have been in Jammu and Kashmir for many, many years. 'We are considering the report. I have already briefed the members of CCS once. They have asked for a fuller briefing. We are trying to schdule another meeting of CCS. Once the full briefing is done to CCS, CCS will decide to make the report public. The report will be made public,' the Home Minister said. To a question who has the powers for withdrawal of Disturned Areas Act, the Home Minister said 'the position in law is that the decision to notify and the decision to denotify is a decision to be taken by the Governor on the advice of the State Government.' The State Government has been seriously thinking of withdrawing AFSPA from four districts of the State and for that Omar Abdullah Government had been conducting discussions with all stakeholders including the Army. On a question whether bringing in some of ommitted provisions of Criminal procedure Code in Ranbir Penal Code was aimed at placating the armed forces, Chidambaram said the two issues were not inter-linked. 'As far as the CrPC provisions in the RPC provisions are concerned, there are some differences. For example, section 197 of the CrPC is not reflected in RPC. So, the Chief Minister (Omar) has mooted that idea, irrespective of denotifying areas under AFSPA,' he said adding the amendment was to make a uniform provision throught the country. The inclusion of 197 CrPC will give added assurance to paramilitary forces as well as anyone else who might apprehend that false cases may be filed. 'So, that is a separate exercise which he is undertaking in his Cabinet and in the Assembly,' he said.