Iqbal Khanday is New Chief Secretary

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BB Vyas to hold charge as Financial Commissioner; Cabinet enhances honorarium of ReTs to Rs 3000

JAMMU: A 1977 batch IAS officer of J & K cadre, Muhammad Iqbal Khanday was today appointed as new Chief Secretary of the Jammu & Kashmir state.

This was decided in the meeting of the state cabinet which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah here this morning.

Khanday will replace Madhav Lal who is proceeding to Delhi to take over as Secretary Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise in Government of India. Orders for appointment of Lal in the Union Ministry had been issued on Feb 7.

Iqbal Khanday is 5th state subject to reach the top slot of state’s bureucracy since 1990 after C Phunsog, Vijay Bakaya, SS Bloeria and Sheikh Ghulam Rasool. He would be 11th state subject to have become Chief Secretary of the state overall.

Meanwhile, senior IAS officer, B B Vyas will take over as the Financial Commissioner Finance. He will hold the post as additional charge to his existing assignments.

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 100 lakhs shall be allotted to the JKPCC Ltd in respect of all Government Departments and Government corporations.

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 Teacher. Further 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 the establishment of State Bio-diversity Board.

The Cabinet also accorded sanction for reconstituting of Cabinet Sub Committee to examine the recommendations of the Working Group-V headed by S. Sagir Ahmad regarding strengthening relation between the State and the Centre. The Cabinet Sub 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 & Development, Labour and Employment, Minister for Housing, Horticulture and Culture as Members.

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