More decisions taken by SAC

SAC approves inclusion of 88 new services under J&K PSGA

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 4: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here today under the chairmanship of Governor, Shri Satya Pal Malik 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

Funds, functions, functionaries placed at disposal of PRIs

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 4: In a significant decision aimed to strengthen the grass root democracy and participative planning in J&K, the State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here today under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik 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 concurrent/ quarterly social audit of works/ programmes in their area. However, along with all the authority, responsibility to ensure 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 transfers, postings in Forest Department

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 4: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here today under the chairmanship of Governor, Shri Satya Pal Malik 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), till it is held by Sh. Ravi Kumar Kesar. The charge of Chief Wildlife Warden, J&K shall be held by Mr. Suresh Chug, IFS in addition to his own duties.

B. Sidhartha 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 Ecology, Environment & Remote Sensing, J&K has be transferred and posted as Director State Forest Research Institute, J&K.

Narendra Pratap Singh, Director SFRI with additional charge of APCCF Planning / Projects has been transferred and posted as Project Chief IWDP-Hills, J&K relieving Sh. 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 Sh. Suresh Chug, IFS of the additional charge.

A. G. Hajam, IFS has been posted as Chief Conservator of Forests (Central) vice Sh. Vasu Yadav. Shri A. G. Hajam will continue to hold the charge of Chief Conservator of Forests Vigilance/FCA till further orders.

K. 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.

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