Governor, Sat Pal Malik chaired the meeting of the State Administrative Council (SAC) at Raj Bhavan on Thursday.
Advisors to the Governor, B B Vyas, K Vijay Kumar, and Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam and Principal Secretary to Governor, Umang Narula attended the meeting.
The SAC deliberated upon the various proposals submitted by Administrative departments for its consideration and approval.
JTFRP integrated with J&K ERA
The State Administrative Council (SAC) accorded sanction to the proposal of the Planning, Development & Monitoring Department (PD&MD) to integrate the ‘Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project’ (JTFRP) as a Project (unit) with the J&K Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) and authorized ERA to make such consequential changes in the processes or structures as may be necessitated by the integration and also to enter into any correspondence or discussions with the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) of the Union Ministry of Finance and the World Bank, as may be required.
In the aftermath of the devastating floods of September 2014, the Project ‘Jhelum & Tawi Flood Recovery Project’ (JTFRP) was sanctioned by the World Bank for an amount of 250 million U.S. Dollars.
The society (J&K ERA) was constituted as a Special Purpose Vehicle for Implementation of Externally Aided Projects within the territorial limits of the state (J&K) as its operational areas. The agency works under the guidance and supervision of a Board of Governors headed by the Governor.
The issue of poor performance of projects under the JTFRP since the inception of the project has been under review at various levels for quite some time now with only 2% expenditure so far in 3 years. In this process, the constraints and institutional bottlenecks hampering the accelerated pace of execution have been identified. The matter was further discussed in the 21st meeting of the Board of Governors of J&K ERA. Given, the mandate of ERA to conceptualize and implement EAP and PPP projects, it was noted that ERA had acquired the requisite expertise in the procedures and guidelines followed in the case of externally funded projects and would ensure a seamless and quick execution process. Therefore, developing a parallel expertise in another agency would not only be time-consuming but unproductive too.
In view of this, the SAC decided to integrate the JTFRP as a distinct unit (Project) within the overall ERA structure. Consequently, CEO ERA will now be the overall CEO of the integrated unit, while the Planning Development & Monitoring Department will be the administrative department of the integrated unit.
SAC approves inclusion of 88 new services under J&K PSGA
The State Administrative Council (SAC) approved the inclusion of 88 new services under the Jammu & Kashmir Public Services Guarantee Act (J&K PSGA).
The services brought under the ambit of J&K PSGA are 03 in Tourism Department, 13 in Industries & Commerce Department, 12 in Handicrafts Department , 04 in Geology & Mining Department, 27 in Labour & Employment Department, 02 in Forest, 01 in State Pollution Control Board, 02 in Fire & Emergency Services, 01 in PW(R&B) Department, 04 in Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Department, 01 in Finance Department, 04 in Agriculture Production Department, 01 in Revenue Department, 03 in J&K Employees Provident Fund Organization and 10 in Housing & Urban Development Department.
After enactment of the PSGA, 95 services had been notified as public services till date. With the inclusion of these new 88 services, the number of public services brought under the ambit of PSGA has reached 183.
The decision is a step forward in providing timely and hassle-free delivery of services to the citizens across various departments/agencies within a stipulated time frame. Most of the services are to be provided online which shall expedite the delivery of these services.
SAC approves amendments in Panchayati Raj Act-1989
The State Administrative Council (SAC) approved the required amendments in the Panchayati Raj Act, 1989.
The amendments with far-reaching consequences will assure placement of funds, functions, and functionaries at the disposal of PRIs. A similar attempt had been made in the year 2011 through a government order but by making the devolution a part of the Act, the government today has not only given adequate teeth to the Panchayats but also made it binding for the government departments to follow it.
The most significant change is the addition of specific schedules in the Panchayat Act giving extensive powers to Halqa Panchayats and Block Development Councils in many areas, covering almost 20 Departments. There are also specific schedules with financial powers for Halqa Panchayats and Block Development Councils.
To make the PRIs the true harbingers of socio-economic development, the amendments will ensure well-defined taxation powers to the Panchayats for generation of adequate resources by themselves. The amendments define the role of ward majlis/sabha and halqa majlis (Gram Sabha) in detail, placing the power to plan, implement, monitor and supervise various government schemes/ programmes in the hands of people themselves. The implementation of important schemes like MGNREGA, Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana, Mid-Day Meal and ICDS has been devolved to the Panchayats.
The monitoring and supervision of schools and health institutions has also been passed on to the PRIs to make them accountable to the society. The Panchayats shall also be conducting a concurrent/ quarterly social audit of works/ programmes in their area. However, along with all the authority, responsibility to ensure the socio-economic and human development of the area including literacy, sex ratio, water conservation, natural resource management, agriculture/ horticulture development, health etc has also been placed on the shoulders of the panchayat. They have also been made the agents of change through sensitization and awareness generation.
SAC approves the creation of 8531 Non-Gazetted posts in Police Department
SAC accorded sanction to the creation of 8531 Non-Gazetted Posts in the Police Department in a phased manner, over a period of 3 years (2018-19 onwards) with the corresponding reduction of 8531 posts of Constables.
2847 Posts have been approved for creation in the financial year 2018-19. The posts are 122 posts of Inspectors, 830 posts of Sub Inspectors, 838 posts of Assistant Sub Inspectors and 1057 posts of Head Constables.
2842 posts have been approved for creation in the financial year 2019-20. The posts are 120 posts of Inspectors, 829 posts of Sub Inspectors, 836 posts of Assistant Sub Inspectors and 1057 posts of Head Constables.
2842 posts have been approved for creation in the financial year 2020-21. The posts are 120 posts of Inspectors, 829 posts of Sub Inspectors, 836 posts of Assistant Sub Inspectors and 1057 posts of Head Constables.
The Home Department shall notify inter-se distribution of these posts, amongst various Wings, in consultation with the Police Headquarters (PHQ). The Home shall also notify appropriate instructions in tune with the recommendation of the Committee constituted for the purpose.
The decision taken by the SAC will help address the stagnation at various levels in the Non-Gazetted Cadres of the Police Department, improve their promotion prospects significantly besides boosting their morale for more efficient and effective service delivery.
SAC approves transfers, postings in Forest Department
The State Administrative Council (SAC) approved the following transfers and postings in the Forest, Ecology & Environment Department.
Ravi Kumar Kesar, IFS presently PCCF-HoFF /Chief Wildlife Warden, J&K has been transferred and posted as Chairman, J&K State Pollution Control Board (SPCB). The post of Chairman, J&K SPCB is declared equivalent in status and rank to that of PCCF (HoFF), until it is held by Ravi Kumar Kesar. The charge of Chief Wildlife Warden, J&K shall be held by Suresh Chug, IFS in addition to his own duties.
Siddhartha Kumar, IFS, Chairman, J&K State Pollution Control Board has been transferred and posted as Director Ecology, Environment & Remote Sensing, J&K.
O P Sharma, IFS Director of Ecology, Environment & Remote Sensing, J&K has been transferred and posted as Director State Forest Research Institute, J&K.
Narendra Pratap Singh, Director SFRI with an additional charge of APCCF Planning / Projects has been transferred and posted as Project Chief IWDP-Hills, J&K relieving S. K. Gupta, IFS, Director (Social Forestry), J&K of the additional charge.
Vasu Yadav, IFS, Chief Conservator of Forests (Central) has been posted as Managing Director, J&K State Forest Corporation against available vacancy relieving Suresh Chug, IFS of the additional charge.
G. Hajam, IFS has been posted as Chief Conservator of Forests (Central) vice Vasu Yadav. A. G. Hajam will continue to hold the charge of Chief Conservator of Forests Vigilance/FCA till further orders.
Ramesh Kumar, IFS, Special Secretary (Technical) has been transferred and posted as CCF Planning & Projects.
He shall continue to work as Special Secretary (Technical) with the Administrative Department till further orders.