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New administrative units Announcement likely next month

The formation of new administrative units in the state is likely to be announced in February, in spite of coalition partner Congress opposing making the statement in a "hurried manner".

india Updated: Jan 14, 2014 23:06 IST
Tarun Upadhyay

The formation of new administrative units in the state is likely to be announced in February, in spite of coalition partner Congress opposing making the statement in a "hurried manner".


The cabinet sub-committee constituted to hold meetings with residents of all districts, is scheduled to hold its last meeting here on Thursday.

"Chief minister Omar Abdullah has decided to announce the formation of new administrative units next month, as the model code of conduct is likely to come into force in March, ahead of the parliamentary elections," a senior National Conference minister said on the condition of anonymity.

The model code of conduct is likely to come into force in March, as parliamentary elections are likely to be held between April and May.

"The political situation will change, especially if the UPA does not return to power, so the announcement has to be made before the parliamentary elections," said the NC minister.

However, the Congress, though not opposed to the formation of the units, has said the exercise should be conducted "in a mature and careful manner", rather than a hurry.

"We are not opposed to creation of new administrative units. It is the right and need of people, but we should have first been given the Mushtaq Ganai report, which forms the basis for the exercise of the sub-committee. It is like writing on an answer sheet without getting the question paper," said Congress spokesperson Ravinder Sharma.

The tussle between coalition partners is for the perceived political gains with the creation of new administrative units. The state Congress leadership feels that if the announcement is made now, the NC would take all the credit.

The announcement for the creation of eight new districts by the-then Congress chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was made in 2006, though the infrastructure formation and other exercises were completed much later.

The CM has already said he would go ahead with the creation of new administrative units in spite of resistance from "some quarters".