Jammu: Minister for Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Tribal Affairs, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali remained absent on Tuesday from State legislative assembly, presently in its Budget Session.
He has not attended the State Assembly since January 3 due to resentment over sitting arrangements made by the government’s Cabinet list without keeping the “seniority status” of Cabinet Ministers, MoS and MLAs.
Sources told INS that earlier the Minister was sitting in the second row but after the induction of some minister in the cabinet, his sitting arrangement has been changed by GAD Cabinet list.
“Zulfikar also informed Parliament Affairs Minister Abdul Rahim Veeri about the ‘serious issue’,” sources said.
They added: “The Assembly Secretary was also asked to persuade and pacify the Minister to attend the House proceeding but he (Zulfikar) denied attending the Assembly Session till the issue is not addressed. Later, the matter was forwarded to Parliament Affairs Minister Abdul Rahim Veeri who assured the Minister that it will be sorted out amicably.”
When contacted, Parliament Affairs Minister Abdul Rahim termed it a “small issue”.
“We will sort it out and he (Minister) will definitely attend the assembly proceeding from tomorrow,” he said.
As required under Rule 4 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, Seats allotted to the Members on 2nd of January, 2018 in the House of the J&K Legislative Assembly, Jammu are as under
|Seat No.||Name of the Hon’ble Minister/ Member|
|1.||Ms. Mehbooba Mufti|
|2.||Dr. Nirmal Kumar Singh|
|3.||Mr. Abdul Rehman Veeri|
|4.||Mr. Javaid Mustafa Mir|
|5.||Mr. Chander Parkash|
|6.||Mr. Ghulam Nabi Lone|
|7.||Mr. Bali Bhagat|
|8.||Mr. Abdul Haq Khan|
|Choudhary Lal Singh|
|10.||Syed Basharat Ahmed Bukhari|
|11.||Mr. Sajad Gani Lone|
|12.||Mr. Haseeb A Drabu|
|13.||Mr. Chering Dorjay|
|14.||Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali|
|15.||Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen|
|16.||Mr. MY. Tarigami|
|17.||Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora|
|18.||Mr.Ghulam Mohammad Saroori|
|19.||Mr. Mohammad Akbar Lone|
|20.||Mr. Mubariak Ahmad Gul|
|21.||Mian Altaf Ahmad|
|22.||Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar|
|23.||Mr. Mohammad Shafi|
|24.||Mr. Omar Abdullah|
|25.||Mr. Nazir Ahmad Khan (Gurezi)|