“However, due to various reasons beyond the control of the state authorities, the Central and state governments have unfortunately not been able to convene a second meeting.
“It is submitted with utmost deference to this court that the concerned state officials and the administrative machinery have all been occupied inter-alia due to fragile law and order situation, peculiar security issues, preparation and conduct of the ongoing annual Amarnath Yatra,” it said.
The affidavit further said that the issue of dealing with the difficulties of minorities in the state of Jammu and Kashmir requires further deliberation with the Union of India so as to reach at a just, fair and equitable solution.
The apex court today granted three months time as the last opportunity to the Centre to discuss with the Jammu and Kashmir government and find a solution to a host of issues including whether over 68 per cent Muslims in the state can be regarded as minority and avail benefits under the category.
Earlier, the court had issued notices to the Centre, the state government and the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) on the plea filed by Jammu-based advocate Ankur Sharma, alleging that benefits accruing to minorities were being taken away by Muslims, who were in majority in the state.
( Source – PTI )