Finally, State Planning Board gets structure

CM As Chairman, Proposed Body To Have 12 Members

Publish Date: Oct 11 2012 12:00PM

Jammu, Nov 9: The Jammu and Kashmir government has finally formulated the structure of the much-awaited State Planning Board proposed to be constituted on the pattern of Planning Commission of India, with Chief Minister of the state as its Chairman.
Though the financial concurrence of the proposed Board is awaited from the Finance Department, sources told Greater Kashmir that an outlay has been prepared under which the body shall comprise 12 members, besides the Chairman.
“The Board will comprise of Chief Minister as its Chairman with 12 other members which shall include members of Legislative Council, Legislative Assembly, Member Parliament(s), retired bureaucrats and prominent persons with good knowledge in economics and statistics,” sources in the Planning Department said.
They said that eight members who shall be legislators and former bureaucrats will act as the advisors of the Board in formation of various schemes and plans “for the welfare of Jammu and Kashmir.”
“The executive body of the Board shall comprise of eight directors, who shall be entrusted to ensure the monitoring and implementation of the programmes formulated by the Advisory Board for various government departments,” sources said.
Presently the State Planning department has five directors, including Director Perspective and Manpower Planning, Director Area Planning, Director-Central Sponsored Schemes and Border Area Development Programs, Director-Project Appraisal and Planning Infrastructure Monitoring and Director-Economics and Statistics, who shall be the part of executive body of the Board. However, besides them the government has proposed to appoint three more directors to head three different wings of the Board.
“Each of the directors will head a separate wing and shall be entrusted with a particular job,” sources said adding that the wings would work as the Working Groups of the Board on the pattern of Planning Commission of India.
The executive heads of proposed Planning Board will hold threadbare discussions with separate departments to finalize their proposals and same will be considered for annual budget allocations by state government for various departments.
Sources further said that as per draft proposal, the state Planning department has also recommended some names of retired bureaucrats, to be inducted as the members of Planning Board as its advisors.