NC, Congress ministers spar over police transfers

Peeved CM Leaves Cabinet Meeting In A Huff


Jammu, Apr 24: Jammu and Kashmir Government had to put the much-awaited reshuffle in the Police department on hold, second time in a week, as serious differences erupted between the ministers of National Conference and Congress during the Cabinet meeting held here Wednesday.
Official sources told Greater Kashmir that the meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, was cut short as some ministers openly opposed the move to order reshuffle in the Police department. The Cabinet took up the routine agenda as it met at around 9:30 AM at civil secretariat. If insiders are to be believed, the other agenda was cleared without any problem but the trouble started as soon as the proposal to shift around a dozen police officers including district heads came up for discussion.
“Some of the Congress ministers strongly objected to the proposal and demanded that they should be consulted before any such move,” insiders said adding that there was heated exchange of words between National Conference and Congress ministers.
“Congress ministers wanted to have Senior Superintendent of Police for Jammu to be appointed as per their choice, which was objected to by some NC ministers”, sources said adding that as the clash intensified, the CM left the meeting in a huff.
“The meeting lasted for just around 20 minutes and it was finally decided that the proposal of police reshuffle would again be taken up in the next Cabinet meeting after Durbar moves to Srinagar,” sources said.
It is for the second time in last one week when the Cabinet failed to evolve consensus over police transfers.
The Cabinet, however, approved promotion of SR Samuel, IPS, to Super Time Scale (I)-DIG of Rs 37,000-67,000, GP 8900 from January 01, 2013. It also approved the promotion of Udaya Baskar Billa, a 2008 batch IPS officer to Senior Time Scale (PB3) of Rs 15600-39100, GP 6600 with effect from January 1, 2012.
The Cabinet also approved the creation of staff for the proposed J&K Heritage Conservation and Preservation Authority (JKHCPA).
The posts created for the authority include Chief Conservationist, Conservation Assistant, Accounts Assistant, Junior Assistant and Orderly.
The move is aimed to make JKHCPA functional and to perform mandatory functions for implementation of JKHCP Act of 2010.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 25 Apr 2013 00:00:00 IST

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