Governor nixes youth panel, snub for Munda

Ranchi, Feb. 8: Governor Syed Ahmed today dissolved a nascent Jharkhand State Youth Commission that had been formed by the Arjun Munda government after virtually losing majority and just before its collapse last month.

The BJP-led Munda government had notified the formation of the commission, following a cabinet decision, on January 8 ' merely a day after the JMM declared that it had decided to withdraw support to the ruling coalition.

The fact that the cabinet resigned hours later on January 8 and favoured dissolution of the Assembly kindled controversy over the manner in which the commission came into being. The JMM, too, pulled out of the coalition on that day.

Raj Bhavan sources told The Telegraph that the decision of the Munda government on January 8 was taken in haste and that even the minimum qualifications required for the posts were overlooked.

The appointees to the commission were chairman Chandra Bhushan Kumar and members Ashok Kumar Nag and Brajnesh Chandra Vidyarthi.

While Kumar is associated with Ajsu ' an ally of the Munda regime ' as the party's membership in-charge, Vidyarthi happens to be a spokesperson of the BJP. Nag, on the other hand, is a lecturer in Ranchi University and is known to have "good relations" with quite a few politicians.

Former chief minister Arjun Munda could not be contacted, but Ajsu chief and former deputy chief minister Sudesh Kumar Mahto avoided comment on the governor's decision.

"It will not be appropriate to comment on the matter. We are focusing on strengthening our organisation across the state," he told The Telegraph over phone from his home turf in Silli, 60km from Ranchi.

The political grapevine was abuzz with the "expected" move from Raj Bhavan after imposition of President's Rule in the state on January 18.

"It was not a very good decision by the Arjun Munda government to form the commission when it was reduced to a minority. Moreover, all three appointees had political affiliations," said an observer.

The committee that appointed the chairman and members of the youth commission was headed by Mahto.

In another decisive move, Ahmed today issued a directive to chief secretary S.K. Choudhary to ensure that all powers are delegated to the elected panchayats.

Ahmed, in his Republic Day speech, too, had elaborated the administration's commitment to delegate due powers to the rural bodies.

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