Govt denies forming Jammu and Kashmir GoM; 'informal group of ministers' being tasked to look into region, says official

The government has denied reports about the formation of a group of minister to look into issued facing the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh

Press Trust of India August 28, 2019 23:40:19 IST
Govt denies forming Jammu and Kashmir GoM; 'informal group of ministers' being tasked to look into region, says official
  • A group of ministers has been constituted by the Centre to look into development, economic and social issues in the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, two top government functionaries told PTI

  • However, the official spokesperson said 'Reports about government setting up a GoM on issues relating to Jammu and Kashmir is not correct as such, denied.'

  • Another official source suggested that the functionaries may be referring to an 'informal group of ministers' being tasked with looking into the issues related to Jammu and Kashmir.

New Delhi: A group of ministers (GoM) has been constituted by the Centre to look into development, economic and social issues in the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, two top government functionaries told PTI on Wednesday but an official spokesperson said no such decision has been taken.

Govt denies forming Jammu and Kashmir GoM informal group of ministers being tasked to look into region says official

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The two functionaries confirmed through a text message and phone call about the formation of the ministerial panel but later an official spokesperson said the information was incorrect. The functionaries requested anonymity.

"Reports about government setting up a GoM on issues relating to Jammu and Kashmir are not correct and, as such, denied," the spokesperson said.

Another official source suggested that the functionaries may be referring to an 'informal group of ministers' being tasked with looking into the issues related to Jammu and Kashmir.

Under the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act 2019, which was passed by Parliament this month, Union Territories (UTs) of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh will come into existence on 31 October.

On Tuesday, secretaries of at least 15 central ministries and departments met to discuss ways to carry forward the process of bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into UTs and bring back normalcy as early as possible.

The meeting assessed the implementation of central schemes in Jammu and Kashmir and initiatives to be taken to expedite return of normalcy, a home ministry official said.

Development programmes and division of assets and manpower were the key areas of discussion in Tuesday's meeting, the official said. The meeting also discussed measures to be taken for stocking essential commodities, particularly in the Ladakh region, before the onset of the winter, the official said.

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