Heavy workload awaits revived JKSCBC

Commission Begins Fresh Verification For Pending Cases


Jammu, Dec 25: Even as new members have been appointed to meet the prescribed strength for Jammu and Kashmir State Commission for Backward Classes (JKSCBC) after the body remained defunct for two years due to lack of quorum, it has started a fresh process to decide on the pending cases.
Sources told Greater Kashmir that the Commission has 1755 pending applications received from across the state, but due to lack of quorum these were gathering dust for the last two years.
They further said that the Commission remained defunct for last around one and half year due to lack of quorum, while prior to that, for around six months it worked without a Chairman after the retirement of Brij Lal.
“Out of 1755 applications, some are pending for 5 to 10 years and the verifications conducted by the Commission two years back have become irrelevant and need re-verification as many things have changed during this period,” the Chairman of the Commission, Justice (retired) AM Mir said.
He further said that a new format has been approved and forwarded to all concerned districts for re-verification of applications. “We have already directed all the concerned deputy commissioners to complete the verification process within one month. A particular application will be first verified by Naib Tehsildar and further by Tehsildar, Additional Deputy Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner, who will forward the same to the Commission,” he said.
He further said that around one week back, all the applications were sent for re-verification and on receiving the report, the Commission would conduct on the spot inspection after which a report would be prepared for declaring the area as backward or revoking the same for the areas if any recommended for.
The Chairman further said that the Commission has adopted new rules and was holding daily meeting of its members including retired district and sessions judges Sheikh Ghulam Nabi and Khaliq-u-Zaman.
“We are holding daily meetings to solve some administrative works. After the Commission gets the re-verifications, the process of notification of backward areas will be started within a week’s time,” he assured.
Under Jammu & Kashmir State Commission for Backward Classes Act, 1997, the Commission should have five members, including Chairman and a government officer to act as Secretary. Three members, including the Chairman, are required for the quorum of the Commission.
As per rules of business and procedure of the Commission, it recommends notifying certain areas and down-trodden sections as backward, for extending them concessions under this particular category and to drop those areas from the Backward Areas list which have taken benefits under it for long and are now developed.
The business provisions clearly mention that the state government would act on the recommendations of the Commission if the proposal is supported by two third of the members.
The Business and Procedure rule 16 of the Commission states: “In case all the members cannot participate in the meetings of the Commission, the quorum for it shall consist of three members, provided that it represents both the provinces, namely, the Kashmir Province and the Jammu Province.”

Lastupdate on : Tue, 25 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 25 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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