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Omar breaks silence on ministerial status issue

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 21:51

Magam: Breaking silence over
conferring ministerial status on his advisors, Omar Abdullah
on Tuesday said it was a matter of happiness that his government
had been able to constitute powerful institutions which even
questioned the CM of the state.

"It is my cherished desire to make people powerful and
give them legal rights to ask questions from top to bottom in
the government for every action it takes," Omar told a public
rally here, some 20-km from Srinagar.

The Chief Minister was referring to the show-cause notice
issued by the State Accountability Commission to him and
various Boards for conferring ministerial status on his
political advisors and several vice-chairpersons.

"I will not go into whether it is legal or not, but we
have raised such institutions which have empowered the people.

Today, you can question the government on any issue. We have
made ourselves accountable," Omar said.

Giving details of important steps taken by his government
in the past three years, he said the enactment of the Public
Service Guarantee Act had given powers to general public at
the grassroots level.

The Act had empowered people to obtain 50 public
services from Power, Revenue, Housing, Transport and other two
other departments within the prescribed time-frame, he said.


First Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 21:51

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