The J&K Government Friday ordered several transfers in the State administration, but the formal orders are likely to be issued on Saturday, sources said.
According to sources, the Cabinet which met here this evening under the chairpersonship of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti ordered the following transfers and postings.
Khursheed Ahmad Shah, Secretary Rural Development department was transferred and posted as Secretary to the General Administration department; Sarita Chouhan, Commissioner/Secretary Social Welfare department was transferred and posted as chairperson of Service Selection Board; Pramod Jain, chairman of Bureau of Public Enterprises was posted as Financial Commissioner Agriculture Production department; Shah Faisal, Director School Education Kashmir was transferred and posted as Managing Director, Power Development Corporation;
Aijaz Ahmad, ADC Srinagar was transferred and posted as Director School Education ; Kifayat Rizi, Managing Director Power Development Corporation was posted as administrative secretary to the Rural Development department; Muhammad Ashraf Mir, administrative secretary, Revenue department was given additional charge of Science and Technology department.
Confusion prevailed over the next posting of Gazzanfar Hussain, Secretary GAD.
The J&K Cabinet Friday accorded sanction to creation of six (6) posts of Under Secretaries to the Government and eleven (11) posts of Private Secretaries in the Pay Band-2 (Rs 9300-34800) with Grade Pay of Rs 4800 in the Jammu and Kashmir Secretariat (Gazetted) Service-I and Jammu and Kashmir Secretariat (Gazetted) Service-II, respectively.
The Cabinet directed the General Administration Department to carry out the necessary amendments in the J&K Secretariat (Gazetted) Service Recruitment Rules, as a result of the cadre review.
The proposal was approved following the recommendations of the Cabinet Sub Committee constituted for Cadre Review of the Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Service, an official spokesman said.
To bring all departments undertaking skill development activities under one umbrella, the Cabinet gave nod to creation of a separate Skill Development Mission Society (SDMS) as an inclusive and dedicated structure for implementation of all skill development initiatives in the State.
"The Society shall be set up under the name and style 'Jammu and Kashmir Skill Development Mission Society' (J&KSDMS). It will work to integrate the skill development programmes of Centre and the State government in consultation and collaboration with all the concerned departments. The Society shall have two tier structures constituting a (i) Mission body (ii) a Governing Council. Each of these structures shall have its own set of objectives and functions," the spokesman said.
The Cabinet authorised the Technical Education Department to approach the Registrar of Societies for registration of J&KSDMS under the J&K Registration of Societies Act, 1998.
'3361 ADDITIONAL AWCs'
The accorded sanction to the setting up of 3361 additional Aganwari Centers/Aganwari-on-Demand under ICDS Scheme, on adhoc basis in the State Mission Directorate (ICDS).
The Cabinet approved engagement of 3361 Aganwari Workers and 3361 Aganwari Helpers as honorary workers in these Centers. It also approved creation of 134 posts of Supervisors for these additional Aganwari Centers (AWCs) i.e one Supervisor for 25 Aganwari Centers each, in the Pay Band of Rs 5200-20200 with GP of Rs 2400.
LAND FOR BIO-TECH PARK
The Cabinet authorised SIDCO to allot 80 Kanal of Land to the Science and Technology department for setting up Bio-Technology Park at Industrial Estate Ompora, Budgam, with the financial assistance from the Department of Bio Technology, Union Ministry of Science and Technology.
'PROMOTION OF SS KAS OFFICERS'
The Cabinet accorded sanction to the promotion of eight Special Scale KAS officers to the Super Time Scale of Rs 37400-67000 with GP of Rs 10,000. The officers who have been promoted to the Super Time Scale include Muhammad Sadiq Sheikh, Arun Kumar Sharma, Sheikh Fayaz Ahmad, G S Chib, Showkat Ahmad Beigh, Rafiq Ahmad Hakim, Anil Kumar Gupta and Rukhsana Gani.
'AD SECURITY POSTS'
The Cabinet accorded sanction to the creation of two posts of Assistant Director (Security) for the J&K Legislative Assembly in the Pay Band of Rs 9300-34800 with Grade Pay of Rs 4800. The Cabinet also approved enhancement of stipend in favour Accounts Assistants (Apprentice) from Rs 3000 per month to Rs 6000 per month with effect from 01-01-2016.
SUB-TREASURIES AT LITTER, LARNOO
The Cabinet accorded sanction to the establishment of Sub-treasuries at Litter, Pulwama and Larnoo, Kokernag with creation of 7 posts each of various categories.
The posts in each Sub-treasury include one post of Assistant Accounts Officer (as Treasury Officer) in the Pay Band of Rs 9300-34800 with GP of 4600, one post of Accountant (as Treasury Superintendent) in the Pay Band of Rs 9300-34800 with GP of 4220, two posts of Accounts Assistant (as Auditor) in the Pay Band of Rs 5200-20200 with GP of 2800, one post of Cashier in the Pay Band of Rs 5200-20200 with GP of 1900 and two posts of Orderlies in the Pay Band of Rs 4440-7440 with GP of 1300.
MOU WITH PGCIL
The Cabinet gave approval to the State Power Development Department to sign an MoU with the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) for the construction of 220 KV Transmission line From Alusteng (Srinagar) to Leh. It approved that the Power Development Department shall operate and maintain the 220 KV Transmission Line from Alusteng (Srinagar) to Leh at its own cost after take over from PGCIL. The Finance Department shall provide the necessary funds /resource to the PDD for its operation and maintenance after the transmission line is taken over by the State Government. The Cabinet also instructed the Finance Department to issue necessary notification/orders for waiver of all State Taxes for construction of 220 KV Transmission Line.
The 332 Km long, 220 KV Transmission Line shall pass through Srinagar-Zojila -Drass-Kargil-Khalsti to Leh. The sanctioned cost of the Project is Rs 1788 Cr. The cost of the Project will be borne by the Centre and State in the ratio of 95:5. The project was approved in January 2014 and is scheduled for commissioning in September 2017. Once completed the Project will feed power to Ladakh region and interlink J&K's existing 66 KV system.
The electricity supply system of Ladakh region is currently isolated from the Northern Grid and fed through local small hydro generation and diesel generator sets. The region is experiencing energy shortage and accordingly to overcome this shortage, 220 KV Transmission Line has been planned to improve reliability of power supply through interconnection with the Northern Grid.
The Project is being executed by Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) and subsequently will be transferred to J&K Government after an MoU to this effect is signed between State PDD and PGCIL.
'J&K IT SERVICE'
The Cabinet accorded sanction to the creation of the Jammu and Kashmir Information Technology Service. With the creation of J&K Information Technology Service, one of the key concerns related to the IT posts existing in isolation in different departments will be addressed. There shall be pooling of all IT related posts created in various department of the government into one Service under the administrative control of the IT department. This shall enable efficient cadre management as well as career progression of the IT professionals based on their experience and qualification.
The Cabinet in principle approved creation of a Corporation, under the name and style 'Human Resource Supply & Service Corporation J&K' to regulate the supply of labour force in accordance with the demand in various Government Departments.
There are roughly 61,000 persons working in different capacities i.e either as Daily Rated Workers, Work Charge Employees, Casual Labourers, Seasonal Labours etc. in various departments who have been engaged without following any defined criteria. Majority of these workers are poor and do not possess the requisite academic or technical qualifications. However, many of them are reported to be skilled to handle department specific tasks.
With a view to utilizing their services optimally besides addressing their issue of wage payment, the Corporation is being created. The Corporation will complete the skill profiling of these workers and deploy them as per the requisition made by various departments.
PROMOTION OF SSs
The Cabinet accorded sanction to the encadrement of the post of Registrar, State Information Commission to the J&K Legal (Gazetted) Service.
The Cabinet also accorded sanction to the confirmation of the promotion of six officers as Special Secretaries/equivalent in the Pay Band of Rs 37400-67000 with GP of Rs 8700. The Officers include Gulam Qadir Bhat (retired), Dishad Ahmad Baba, Muhammad Iqbal Mir (retired), Abdul Majid Bhat, Fayaz Sheikh and Dilshada Shaheen.