SRINAGAR: The Cabinet which met here today under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Ms Mehbooba Mufti considered and approved the submission of the Report of the 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 Jammu and Kashmir.
The Committee of Experts after detailed study has recommended that owing to the cultural distinctiveness, vulnerable socio-economic condition and isolation of Pahari Speaking People, there is a desperate 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.
Srinagar, Kishtwar included in Ladli Beti Scheme
The Cabinet accorded sanction to the inclusion of District Srinagar and Kishtwar in the Ladli Beti Scheme of the Social Welfare Department, which was notified in September 2015.
The social assistance scheme Ladli Beti was earlier applicable to girl child born in only six identified districts of Anantnag, Pulwama, Budgam, Jammu, Kathua and Samba.
Separate Horticulture Department created
The Cabinet approved creation of a separate Department of Horticulture and its inclusion in the First Schedule of the 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.
CA&PD department renamed
The Cabinet also approved renaming of CA&PD department as the Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs.
Munsiff Court at Ukhral
The Cabinet accorded sanction to the establishment of the Munsiff Court at Ukhral (Magarkote) District Ramban along with creation of 5 posts for the said court including one post of Judicial Magistrate, one post of Head Assistant, one post of Reader/Steno-Typist, one post of Junior Assistant and one post of orderly.
Creation/re-designating of posts in Wildlife department
The Cabinet accorded sanction 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 04 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).
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