Congress stalls move to revert SKIMS to SK Trust

ReT Honorarium Enhanced, CSC On Saghir Report Reconstituted

Jammu, Feb 18: Congress Monday blocked a government move to revert the management, land and other assets of prestigious Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) in Srinagar to the Sher-e-Kashmir National Medical Institute Trust.
It was reliably learnt that as the issue came up for discussion in the Cabinet meeting, several Congress ministers raised objections claiming that the matter has “not been dealt with thoroughly by the administrative department.” “We were clear on the move. The decision to take over Soura Institute was taken by the (previous) government and we were part of it”, a Congress minister told Greater Kashmir on the condition of anonymity, adding, “On our request the Chief Minister has now referred the issue to a Cabinet sub-committee which will have members from both Congress and National Conference.”
The minister said that Cabinet sub-committee will discuss all the pros and cons of the issue and furnish a detailed report to the government, which will again put the matter before the Cabinet for decision.
Greater Kashmir was first to report about the government move to cancel the decision taken in 2003 by the then government headed by Mufti Muhammad Sayeed whereby the management of the SKIMS was taken over by the government to be run on the analogy of state-run Chopra Nursing Home in Jammu.
Following a Cabinet decision in July 2003, the state government had also taken over the possession and management of Kashmir Nursing Home located in the posh area of Gupkar Road, Srinagar “to prevent illegal transfer of possession of this precious asset to a third party by the Sher-e-Kashmir National Medical Institute Trust.”
It had revoked all the government orders, including 214-ME of 1976 dated 27-8-1976 under which the government had transferred the Kashmir Nursing Home along with its assets to Sher-e-Kashmir Medical Institute Trust and Government Order No: Rev (NDK) 90 of 1978 dated 19-04-1978 under which land measuring 292 kanals 8 marlas situated at Zoonimar, Srinagar, Government Dispensary at Soura, Drug Research Lab along with land measuring 7 kanals and 12 marlas were transferred to the Trust. The Kashmir Nursing Home along with land measuring 5 marlas and other assets belonging to the Health Department had also been transferred to the Trust.
It was felt by the previous government that the government shall run the Institute itself since the entire institution was made on state land with government funds and it continued to be dependent on the State for financial upkeep, plan and non-plan expenses.

The Cabinet enhanced the honorarium of Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) teachers to Rs 3000 per month and accorded sanction for reconstitution of Cabinet Sub-Committee (CSC) to study recommendations of Prime Minister’s Working Group headed by Late Justice Saghir.
An official spokesman said Cabinet approved enhancement of honorarium from existing rate of Rs 1500 and Rs 2000 to single tier of Rs 3000 per month in favour of ReT teachers. The raise in honorarium would be effective retrospectively from April 2012.
The Cabinet also accorded sanction for reconstituting Cabinet Sub-Committee to examine the recommendations of the Working Group-V headed by Justice Sagir Ahmad regarding strengthening relations between the State and the Centre amid reservations and objections from Congress.
Sources said that the government had proposed reconstitution of the Committee with seven members – four from National Conference (NC) and three from Congress. However, the Congress ministers objected to the re-constitution on the plea that the earlier panel had an equal number of ministers from both the coalition parties.
“Following objections from Congress, the government accorded sanction to eight-member committee”, they said.
The Committee will comprise of Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs as Chairman, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Minister for Sports and Youth Services, Minister for Urban Development and Local Bodies, Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Minister for CAPD and Transport, Minister for Planning and Development, Labour and Employment, Minister for Housing, Horticulture and Culture as Members.
The Cabinet approved adjustment/absorption of surplus staff of Integrated Rural Energy Programme (IREP), Science and Technology Department, in some other departments.
The Cabinet also approved revised financial delegation of works to be allotted to JKPCC. Now all civil works costing more than Rs 700 lakhs as against Rs 100 lakhs shall be allotted to the JKPCC Ltd in respect of all Government Departments and Government Corporations.
The Cabinet also approved the establishment of State Bio-diversity Board.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 18 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:00:00 IST

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