JAMMU, Feb 1: Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC-I) chief Prof Saif-ud-Din Soz today claimed that decision of the State Cabinet to approve recommendations of Cabinet Sub-Committee on the creation of new administrative unit was victory of the Congress Party.
He appreciated Congress members in the CSC for addressing aspirations of all the three regions of the State and doing justice with them in creation of new units.
Addressing a press conference along with Congress Ministers and members of the CSC, Prof Soz said that his party was opposing that decision of forming new administrative units should not be left to officers only.
“CSC was constituted all due to the efforts of Congress party”, he said and added that the Congress was demanding that creation of new administrative units should be based the formula of equity and justice.
“I am satisfied that CSC members have accommodated genuine wishes of the all the three regions of the State and justice has been done with all the deserving areas of State”, he said, adding, “exercise of CSC was fruitful because team of CSC visited 20 districts and interacted with people of all the three regions of the State”.
Prof Soz said that Congress was demanding that a rational criteria should be adopted to create new administrative units so that people should get governance at their door steps.
The PCC chief said that Congress high command including AICC chief Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and AICC general secretary Incharge J&K Ambika Soni was taken into confidence on this issue and Congress members in the CSC members continuously informed the high command about these developments.
Replying to a question regarding financial implications of creating new administrative units, Prof Soz said that recommendations have been forwarded to the Finance Department for further considerations.
PCC chief tried to downplay earlier bickering in the coalition on this issue. “Now the issue has been solved amicable so there is no need to go to the past”, he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand said that recommendations of CSC would be put into the public domain very soon.