SRINAGAR The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik approved streamlining of the procedure for procurement of Goods and Services and award of contracts by Public Sector Undertakings/Autonomous bodies/Societies and to bring transparency, equity, economy of expenditure and financial propriety.
It is important to point out that most of the public sector undertakings/autonomous bodies/Societies in the State of J&K receive significant financial assistance from the Government. However, there have been issues related to transparency, equity and economy of expenditure in the creation of posts and recruitments which henceforth shall be made with the prior concurrence of the Finance Department. There have also been issues related to award of contracts by these bodies.
With todays decision, no procurement of goods and services shall be made by the Public Sector Undertakings/Autonomous bodies/Societies aided by State Government without following a transparent bidding process. Besides, no contract shall be awarded by Public Sector Undertakings/Autonomous Bodies/Societies without following a transparent bidding process.
Further, no new posts shall be created by the Public Sector Undertakings/ Autonomous bodies /Societies without the prior concurrence of Finance Department and no recruitment against vacant posts shall be made by Public Sector Undertakings/Autonomous bodies/Societies without the prior concurrence of the Finance Department.
Moreover, no recruitment shall be made by Public Sector Undertaking/ Autonomous Bodies/Societies without following a transparent process including inviting applications through advertisements from eligible candidates, irrespective of class of the posts.
The Finance Department has been directed to issue appropriate instructions to these Public Sector Undertakings/Autonomous Bodies/Societies for undertaking necessary amendments in their by-laws / regulations/AoAs as may be required.
Govt Approves Victim Compensation Scheme
The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik accorded approval to the notification of the Jammu and Kashmir Victim Compensation Scheme- 2019.
The scheme is aimed at providing immediate succor to the victims of various crimes and their families and also to financially help the victim. The scheme is also applicable to the minor victims and compensation shall be awarded in heinous offences like loss of life, gang rape/custodial rape, rape, unnatural sexual assault, loss of limb, grievous physical injury or any mental injury, loss of foetus/miscarriage as a result of assault or loss of fertility, pregnancy on account of rape, victims of burning-disfigurement/injury and victims of acid attack-disfigurement/injury.
To mention that the Victim Compensation Scheme of 2013 provided for compensation ranging from Rs 1 lakh to 3 lakh for 8 categories of victims. The Victim Compensation Scheme-2019 provides for compensation to 15 categories along with sub-categories of victims and compensation ranging from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 10 Lakh. The scheme is more inclusive in that it includes two additional heads, viz., death by torture in police custody and injury causing severe mental agony to women and child victims in cases like human trafficking.
Also a provision for constitution of a Fund, which shall be called the Victims Compensation Fund from which the amount of compensation, as decided by the State Legal Services Authority (SLSA) or District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) shall be paid to the victim or the dependent(s) who have suffered loss or injury as a result of an offence and who require rehabilitation. The Fund shall be operated by SLSA.
A victim or the dependent (s) as the case may be, shall be eligible for grant of compensation under this scheme. However, the compensation received by them in the other schemes shall be taken into account while deciding the quantum of compensation.
The application/recommendations for compensation can be moved either before SLSA or the concerned DLSA or filed online on a portal which shall be created by all SLSAs.
SAC Orders Creation Of 495 Posts In Leh, Kargil
The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met under the Chairmanship of Governor on Wednesday accorded approval for the creation of 495 posts of various categories in different departments in both Leh and Kargil districts.
Addressing a presser Principal Secretary, Planning, Development & Monitoring Department, Rohit Kansal said that these include posts of 12 Directors, 4 Chief Engineers, 4 Joint Directors, Chief Conservator of Forest, Regional Wildlife Warden and other senior positions. Over 470 more posts at different levels and belonging to a variety of departments have been created to support the Directorates and Chief Engineer Offices that will be now established in the Ladakh division.
He said LAHDC Act was amended in 2018. The Amended Act provides for further empowering the Development Councils of Leh and Kargil to exercise administrative and financial powers in order to address the concerns, requirements and aspirations of the people living in the Ladakh Region.
Vide SRO-120 the state Government ordered the establishment of new Ladakh Division with headquarters at Leh and Kargil.
He said a Divisional Commissioner stands posted in Ladakh Division and has been functioning there ever since.
Vide Government Order No. 230 GAD of 2019 dated 15-02-2019 a committee was constituted by the General Administration Department with terms of reference as under:-
Finalise the periodicity of the Divisional Commissioner and Inspector General of Police sitting at Leh and Kargil, viz. Weekly, fortnightly, etc;
Identify the posts of divisional level heads of various Departments that may be required for the new Ladakh Division, their equitable location at Kargil and Leh, roles & responsibilities and staffing patterns; and Any other measures, as may be necessary for operationalisation of the division.
In pursuance of its mandate the committee visited Leh on 18 February 2019 and Kargil on 23rd February 2019, he said. During the visit, the committee met the CECs and Council Members of the respective LAHDCs and other stakeholders of both the districts.
Based on the feedback and discussions with the above mentioned LAHDC representatives and other stakeholders of Leh and Kargil districts the committee submitted its report and recommendations.
Directorates to be established in Ladakh Division
Headquartered at Leh: Chief Engineer, R&B (with additional charge of PMGSY); Chief Engineer Mechanical; Director, Health Services ; Director, Urban Local bodies; Director, Industries & Commerce
Regional Transport officer; Chief Conservator of Forests; Director, Animal Husbandry(with additional charge of Sheep Husbandry); Joint Director, Handicrafts (with additional charge of Handlooms); Joint Director, Hospitality and Protocol (with a Dy. Director to be stationed at Kargil); Director, Accounts & treasuries; Regional Director and State Pollution Control Board.
Directorates to be established in Ladakh Division– Headquartered at Kargil: Chief Engineer, PHE (with additional charge of I&FC); Chief Engineer, PDD; Director School Education; Director, Rural Development; Director, Social Welfare; Additional Registrar Cooperatives; Director, Tourism Director, Horticulture (with additional charge of Floriculture); Director Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs; Joint Director, Information (with Dy. Director to be stationed at Leh); 11. Regional Wild Life Warden and Joint Director Youth Services and Sports.
The committee in its recommendations has emphasised that the placement of a particular office at a district is on purely administrative basis and will in no way deprive the public of any of the districts from the due services of the offices which are not based in that district.
The State Administrative Council too has directed that Directors and HoDs of Ladakh Division will conduct regular tours of both the districts in the Division