Cabinet approves seeking of ST status for Pahari-speaking people
The Cabinet which met here today under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti considered and approved the submission of the Report of Committee of Experts constituted to study the 'Socio-Economic Status and Common Ethnic Characteristics of Pahari Speaking People in Jammu and Kashmir' to the Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs for grant of ST status to the Pahari speaking people of the state.
The Committee has recommended that for cultural distinctiveness, vulnerable socio-economic condition and isolation of Pahari speaking people, there is a need to mainstream this community by bringing them within the ambit of positive discrimination as governed by the constitutional principle of affirmative action and as applied to other marginalized communities of the country.
The Cabinet also accorded sanction to the inclusion of Srinagar and Kishtwar districts in the Ladli Beti Scheme of the Social Welfare Department, which was notified in September 2015.
The Cabinet approved creation of a separate Department of Horticulture and it's inclusion in the First Schedule of Jammu and Kashmir Government Business Rules.
The Cabinet approved deletion of subjects viz (1) Horticulture, (2) Horticulture Marketing and Planning and (3) Horticulture Produce Marketing and Processing Corporation Limited from the Agriculture Production Department and assigning these subjects to the Horticulture department.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet also approved renaming of CA&PD department as the Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs.
The Cabinet accorded sanction to the establishment of the Munsiff Court at Ukhral (Magarkote) District Ramban.
Sanction was also accorded to the creation of one post of Deputy Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), Selection Grade in the pay band of Rs 15600-39100+GP of 7600, creation of 4 posts of Deputy Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) in the pay band of Rs 15600-39100+GP of 6600 by corresponding reduction of 5 posts of Assistant Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) in the pay band of Rs 9300-3400+GP of 4800 and re-designating of remaining posts of Assistant Wildlife Warden and equivalent as Assistant Conservator of Forests (Wildlife).