J&K Cabinet Approves Creation Of New Administrative Units

J&K Cabinet Approves Creation Of New Administrative Units

1 February 2014
Times of India
M Saleem Pandit

Srinagar: The Jammu & Kashmir cabinet on Saturday approved creation of 659 new administrative units in the state. This comes days after chief minister Omar Abdullah had threatened to quit after ally Congress had resisted the move citing financial burden. 'It is a historic decision taken after several years through which a large number of people will be benefited,' Omar told reporters. Earlier, the Congress high command had intervened and asked its state leaders to cooperate with the CM over the issue. The National Conference (NC) had strongly backed the idea of creating the units to use it as an election issue ahead of the Lok Sabha and assembly elections later this year. Omar parried a question about differences between NC and Congress and his threat to resign. 'What is important is not so much of method but the result. The result is today we have approved setting up of new administrative units.' The CM said concerned departments have been asked to prepare a road map for implementation of the units. 'As many as 46 sub-divisions, 135 tehsils, 177 CD blocks and 301 niabats have been recommended,' Omar said.