I am happy that a stay has been granted by the Supreme Court.This is just the beginning of along legal battle.Uttarakhand must lobby hard to get a nod by the Cabinet for the amendments.Incompetent legal advisors must be sacked forthwith.
Uttarakhand is destined to suffer ! In 11 years,it has its sixth Chief Minister.There is crisis in leadership & the state has been reeling under dismal governance.The very identity & existence of the Hill State was earlier threatened when no political party could rise up to resist to the Delimitation Act.It may be recalled that out of the three states that were carved out, Jharkhand did not opt for demlimitation, for whatever the reason ! Even some of the NE States did not opt for the Act.Now, with the recent High Court decision, the very existence of Uttarakhand has become doubtful.In the recent census, all hill districts have shown a remarkable low in the population, whereas the plain districts are bursting in seams.With the next census due in 2021, it is bound to affect the demographic pattern adversely.The State Ordinance 2003 inserting sub sections 3,4 & 5 to Section 154 of the UP Act & addition of Section 129 -B was without Cabinet approval as was done by the Himachal Pradesh.It is a pointer to the lack of vision of the political leadership & incompetence of the then Advocate General & his legal advisors.Uttarakhand is a sensitive state with China & Pakistan bordering it.Both nation states have a dubious record .Scores of Chinese & Nepalis have reportedly settled on the state borders & there is little check in the Terai region - the boundaries being porous.Criminals,smugglers, ISI agents & other unscrupulous elements have entered the state.Mass scale poaching continues unabated with skins of tigers & leopards with their bones & other parts finding their way to China via Nepal.Under such circumstances, the limited agricultural land of Uttarakhand is now totally threatened.While the aims, objectives & reasons of the 2003 Ordinance were well drafted, the implementation part & loopholes were sufficient enough resons for the High Court Bench to strike it down. Was it to help influential people to get agricultural land in connivance with political bosses & babus ? It is doubtful whether the then Advocate General did not have enough competence to advise the then Chief Minister that the Ordinance required Cabinet approval ! Even while arguing the case, the present Advocate General failed to convince the High Court Bench to see the ground realities & sensitivities of the state.It is a irreparable damage unless expeditious action is taken by the present Chief Minister to direct, without any further delay, concerned quarters to file an appeal in the Supreme Court & obtain a stay.The 5 MPs must unite & help in obtaining Cabinet approval as per the procedure.The concept ,perception & aspirations of people to seek prosperity in a state of their own ,as it is,have become doubtful.Must the Dev Bhumi , Veer Bhumi & Kala Bhumi continue to suffer !!