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Valley on alert for meet debut

Srinagar/New Delhi, Aug. 26: The Sarkaria Commission’s recommendations relating to administrative relations, emergency provisions and deployment of armed forces will be discussed at the inter-state council meeting starting here tomorrow.

The two-day meeting, being held outside Delhi for the first time, will take place at the heavily-guarded International Conference Centre beside the Dal Lake. It will be presided over by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The Prime Minister, his deputy, chief ministers of 15 states and senior ministers from the remaining states are scheduled to arrive here tomorrow morning

Good governance, which L.K. Advani has been talking about since the government came to power, will feature prominently on the agenda. A detailed action plan will be discussed.

The group of ministers, which met in 2000 to recommend reforms of the national security system, had also suggested that the inter-state council take up major reforms to revamp the administrative set-up and make the government more responsive to people’s needs.

The action plan has eight broad parameters. These include reforms of the civil services, of the legal, judicial and administrative procedures as well as correcting fiscal systems. Reforms of the rural sector will be considered and a fresh look taken at public and private partnership.

An attempt has also been made to improve the quality of life and give every citizen a stake in the system.

Security has been beefed up around Srinagar and the venue for the meeting. Top police personnel and paramilitary officers are overseeing arrangements, with specially-trained commandos being deployed.

The All Parties’ Hurriyat Conference has called a general strike in Kashmir tomorrow to coincide with Vajpayee’s visit.

A Press Information Bureau statement said the agenda of the meeting would include the Sarkaria Commission recommendations relating to “administrative relations, emergency provisions and deployment of union armed forces”. It added that “issues relating to contract labour and contract appointment… will also be discussed….”

The inter-state council was set up in May 1990 under Article 263 of the Constitution, in accordance with the commission’s recommendations.

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