No consensus yet on lifting AFSPA from J&K

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 23:47

New Delhi: The Union Government on Wednesday said
that there was no consensus yet on the issue of lifting the
Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from some areas of
Jammu and Kashmir.

Official sources while acknowledging that AFSPA had come
into force only as a temporary measure to effectively deal
with militancy in the border state, however, said it is still
being debated whether the time is ripe to revoke the military
law.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is pushing
for scrapping the act for which there is a strong resistance
from army which has voiced serious reservation.
The Union Home Ministry has backed Omar but at the same
time agreed with the view of the Congress, the junior partner
in the ruling National Conference-led coalition in the state,
that there should be more coordination and consultation on the
issue.

The sources also said the government is confident that
some way would be found to overcome the hurdle in the
commissioning of the Koodankulam Nuclear power plant in Tamil
Nadu.
There is stiff opposition to the Indo-Russian joint
venture from the locals over safety issues in the wake of the
Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan.

The sources, however, said there is no doubt that the
apprehension of the locals over the safety of the nuclear
plant should be allayed.

Prime Minister has already set up a panel of experts to
address the safety concerns of the people.

Singh will come out right at the end, they said,
asserting that there is no alternative to nuclear energy in
the country.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 23:47

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