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File to declare holiday on Maharaja Hari Singh's birthday shelved at GAD
LC sent file on Jan 24, 2017
4/21/2018 11:54:00 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Apr 21: More than a year has passed since the upper house of J&K legislature passed a resolution to declare state holiday on the birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh, but the government has shelved the file at the General Administrative Department.
Sources within the dispensation said the helmsmen in the state are reluctant to pass a government order in this regard and that the issued has been sidelined deliberately.
It was informed further that on the day when the Legislative Council passed the resolution, the secretary Assembly sent its details to Secretary General Administrative Department, as per set precedent.
"The procedure in vogue is that wherever a resolution is passed in the LC, its details are forwarded to the GAD for further action. The resolution pertaining to declaring state holiday on Maharaja Hari Singh's birthday has also been sent to the GAD for further action thereof. I don't know what happened to it later on. From our end, it has been sent with full details," an official in the LC divulged.
On January 24, 2017, the LC adopted a resolution urging the government to declare holiday on September 23 every year on birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Singh, the last Dogra king of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir. The private member resolution was moved by BJP MLC, Ajatshatru Singh, who is the grandson of the late Maharaja.
The resolution was accepted and Deputy Chairman Jahangir Hussain Mir asked government to respond.
Then Minister of Education and Leader of the House Naeem Akhter had said: "Jammu and Kashmir already observes 28 state holidays in addition to provincial, restricted and local holidays. In this circumstance it's not feasible for government to further increase the number of holidays." He had urged Ajatshatru Singh to withdraw the resolution.
Normally, members withdraw resolutions after reply from the government but in this case Ajatshatru refused to withdraw and pressed for discussion and voting. Several legislators from PDP and BJP praised the administration of Late Maharaja.
Though NC and Congress politicised the issue and opposed the resolution, the two parties couldn't stop it from getting passed by the majority in state's upper house. However, as per sources, the government has kept the final decision in this regard in limbo, making no effort to implement the resolution on ground.
Sources said the government hasn't exhibited any keenness in passing the order to declare holiday on Maharaja's birthday, belittling the resolution passed the peoples' representatives on the floor of the house.
"Those who passed the resolution represent people. The government is duty bound to accept it. However, the dilatory mode of functioning is bellying the government claims of upholding the principles of democracy and fair play," an official said.
He said that it looks like the issue has been kept under the carpet with the deliberate attempt to make it obsolete. "How the government otherwise didn't utter a single word after it (resolution) was sent to the GAD," the official added.
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