SRINAGAR – As the Union Territories of Ladakh and J&K will come into existence from October 31, the State Administrative Council (SAC) has accorded sanction to the creation of a new Department of Registration under the Registration Act, 1908.
The centre on August 5 scrapped Article 370 and Article 35 A, besides dividing the state into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, triggering sharp reaction from Kashmiri people. Normal life remained crippled for the 81st day in the valley in protest against scrapping of the special status of J&K.
Meanwhile, many commissions, including Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC), State Information Commission (SIC), State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (SCDRC), State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC), State Commission for Protection of Women & Child Rights (SCPWCR), State Commission for Persons with Disabilities (SCPwD) and State Accountability Commission (SAC) were winded up by the SAC.
An official on Thursday said that the SAC, which met under the chairmanship of Governor Satya Pal Malik late on Wednesday evening, accorded sanction to the creation/establishment of a new Department of Registration under the Registration Act, 1908 (Central Act), now applicable to Jammu and Kashmir with effect from October 31, 2019 in terms of Jammu and Kashmir Re-organization Act, 2019.
The Department of Registration shall function under the overall administrative control of the Revenue Department.
In order to make the Department of Registration functional and provide hassle free and speedy service to the citizens for registration of documents pertaining to immovable property like sale, gift, mortgage, lease, bequest etc, SAC approved creation of 464 new posts under various categories, he said.
He said the posts include one post of Senior Law Officer, three posts of Headquarter Assistants, one post of Programme Manager, two posts of Legal Assistant, three posts of Jr. Scale Stenographer, one post of driver and eight posts of orderlies for the Apex monitoring (UT level) office set up, 22 posts each of Registrars, Data Entry Operators, reader, Junior Assistants (Nazir) and orderlies for the District (Registrar) Level office set up and 67 posts each of Registrars, Data Entry Operators, reader, Junior Assistants (Nazir) and orderlies for the Sub-Divisional (Sub-Registrar) Level Office set up.
“The SAC approved appointment of Additional Deputy Commissioners and Sub-Divisional Magistrates/Assistant Commissioners Revenue to exercise the powers of Registrars and Sub-Registrars, respectively, within such jurisdiction to be notified by the Revenue Department for purposes of the Registration Act, 1908,” he added.
He said government also ordered the winding up of SHRC, SIC, SCDRC, SERC, SCPWCR, SCPwD and SAC with effect from October 31, 2019.
“The orders issued here by General Administration Department (GAD) said that consequent upon repeal of the Acts related to these Commissions by the J&K Reorganization Act, 2019, sanction is hereby accorded to the winding up of these Commissions, with effect from October 31, 2019 that is the appointed date for the formation of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, and Union Territory of Ladakh,” he said.
He said the orders said that the Chairpersons/President and Members of Commissions shall cease to hold office from the said date, adding that all. “The staff posted in the Commissions drawn from various departments shall report to the concerned administrative departments from October 30, 2019,” he said.
He said the vehicles allotted to or purchased for the Commissions from time to time shall be handed over to the Director, State Motor Garages Department.
The GAD orders also asked Secretaries of these Commissions to handover building housing the Commissions along with furniture and electronic gadgets to the Director Estates.
Secretaries of these Commissions shall transfer all records pertaining to their respective Commissions to the concerned departments, the orders said.