Govt Formulates SOP for Guv’s Address to Legislature

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Srinagar—The State government on Tuesday formulated a standing operation procedure (Sop) for preparing the governor’s address and asked all administrative department to submit the information by or before the first week of December every year, or a full month prior to the scheduled date in case the Legislature’s Session was fixed before or much after January.

The information, as per a government order issued here, shall contain major achievements registered in the respective departments during the previous one year; important schemes/ programmes/ projects/ policies under implementation during the current financial year alongwith targets for the current year and achievements registered ending December.

“Since the budget numbers would be ready by December, each department shall incorporate the latest expenditure figures in the information to be furnished. Details of broad outcomes and new project(s) or innovation(s) shall also be provided,” it said.

The information, the order said, shall also highlight schemes/development/programmes/ projects and any other initiative being planned for the next financial year and the Five Year Plan.

“The General Administration Department shall explore the need to undertake internal outsourcing. For this purpose, a suitable and well-versed officer would be nominated to prepare the zero draft of Governor’s Address even before inputs are received from all the Administrative Departments,” it said.

The GAD, it said, shall, in the second week of November, each year, or one and a half-months prior to the Budget Session, write to all the Administrative Departments seeking inputs.

On the basis of inputs received from all the Administrative Departments, the GAD shall consolidate the information and prepare the draft address which shall be thoroughly discussed in the Committee of Secretaries (CoS) Meeting in the second week of December.

The address, finalized after deliberations in the CoS meeting, shall be placed before the State Cabinet on 15th December or 15 days in advance, it said, adding that the address, duly approved by the Cabinet, shall immediately be submitted to Governor’s Secretariat for seeking the Governor’s assent.

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