Civil Secretariat reopens in Jammu

Jammu, Nov 9: Civil Secretariat, the seat of Jammu and Kashmir Government, and other offices Monday reopened in the winter capital as part of bi-annual Darbar move. It is more than a century-old p...

Jammu, Nov 9: Civil Secretariat, the seat of Jammu and Kashmir Government, and other offices Monday reopened in the winter capital as part of bi-annual Darbar move. It is more than a century-old practice of shifting the seat of the State Government to Jammu for the winter months and to Srinagar in summer.
The Chief Minister was received at the Jammu Secretariat by his cabinet colleagues, Ministers of State, Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, Principal Secretaries, Commissioner Secretaries, Secretaries to Government, senior officers and representatives of Civil Secretariat Employees Union.
Omar accompanied by the Deputy Chief Minister and other cabinet colleagues, visited the offices of different departments and interacted with the employees. He urged them to be responsive to public affairs and perform their duties with dedication.
Omar later inaugurated the newly constructed additional block of the Civil Secretariat, built by the Estates Department at a cost of Rs one crore.
The additional block has 21 office rooms with other facilities. It also houses Chief Minister's Grievance Cell. The additional block has been constructed on the main Civil Secretariat building by extending the 3rd floor on the northern side.

OMAR CHAIRS HIGH-LEVEL MEETING
The Chief Minister presided over the meeting of Council of Ministers and also addressed a separate meeting of Administrative Secretaries of all departments.
The civil secretariat and other offices had closed in Srinagar- the summer capital of the state- on October 30 and the official records of these offices were brought here in trucks during the past one week.
"Entire Government machinery shall remain dedicated for the welfare of the people of Jammu and Kashmir to address their day-to-day problems and enrich developmental infrastructure safely with proper utilization of large size of plan funds available with the State to the extent of Rs. 5500 crore," Omar said while chairing a high level meeting of Ministers, Commissioners and Secretaries immediately after opening of annual darbar in the Civil Secretariat.
In the meeting all the works and programmes taken up under PHE, PWD, PDD, Social Welfare, Health and Education were reviewed and Chief Minister advised the Ministers and their respective Commissioners and Secretaries to implement the commitments made with respect of developmental works in letter and spirit.
He said that he was personally monitoring daily implementation of all projects, works and programmes and he may accordingly be intimated about daily progress.
The meeting particularly reviewed stock position of essential commodities in all parts of the state. It was revealed in the meeting that adequate stocks are available everywhere and there was no shortage of essential commodities in any part. However, due to the price rise in the atta the bakers in the valley have raised certain demands. The Chief Minister advised the Minister for CAPD and Commissioner to immediately sort out all the issues and take appropriate decisions in the matter while protecting the interest of consumers as well. He advised the concerned department to gear up its activities and ensure that all commercial outlets and shopkeepers should display their rate lists for information to the general public. He advised Asgar Samoon who recently took over as Commissioner Secretary CAPD to launch a vigorous campaign against the hoarders and black-marketers of essential commodities. He said the first priority of his government was to provide relief to the general public and concerned administrative machinery should remain alert round the clock to ensure the same.
Others who attended the meeting included  Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand, Minister for Finance, A.R. Rather, Minister for Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Ali Muhammad Sagar, Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir, Minister for Revenue, Raman Bhalla, Minister for Industries and  Commerce, S S Slathia, Minister for Medical Education, R S Chib, Minister for Health, Sham Lal Sharma, Minister for Forests, Mian Altaf, Minister for R&B G M Saroori, Minister of State for Haj & Aquaf, Aijaz Ahmad Khan, Minister of State for Stationery & Printing, Dr Manohar Lal, Minister of State for R&B Javed Ahmad Dar, Minister of State for   Tourism, Shabir Ahmad Khan, Chief Minister's Poltical Advisor, Davinder Singh Rana,  Advisor to Chief Minister, Mubarak Gul, Chief Secretary, S S Kapur, Principal Secretaries, Commissioners/Secretaries of various departments were also present in the meeting.
The Chief Minister also advised the Divisional Commissioners of both the provinces to provide detailed report about the damages caused due to the drought as reported from certain areas of the State. He advised R&B Minister and the concerned officers to ensure immediate completion of all ongoing works particularly with regard to construction of new roads. He said that issuance of fresh route permits to the transport sector should coincide with completion of roads so that people are able to avail facility of transport without any further delays.
The issue of panchayat and local body elections was also discussed in the meeting. It was decided to finalize the matter in ensuing cabinet meeting.

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