SRINAGAR – In a major decision aimed at bringing the Criminal Justice System in J&K in sync with the Central Code of Criminal Procedure (Cr.PC) 1973, which will be applicable from 31.10.2019 in terms of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019, the State Administrative Council (SAC) which met under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik approved establishment of an independent Prosecution cadre with a separate Directorate.
The decision aims to develop the prosecution cadre as an independent entity separate from Police Department under the provisions of the Cr.PC which require that Public Prosecutors/Additional Public Prosecutors/Assistant Public Prosecutors should be drawn from the regular prosecution cadre.
SAC approved creation of a separate Prosecution cadre, with members of the existing Prosecution wing as its initial constituents and establishment of a Directorate of Prosecution to be headed by a Director. An IPS officer of the rank of Inspector General shall be appointed as the first Director General of Prosecution.
SAC accorded sanction to the incorporation of ‘Prosecution’ as a separate subject/entry, assigned to the Home Department in the relevant Schedule of the Jammu and Kashmir Government Business Rules.
The establishment of an independent prosecution cadre in line with the provisions of Cr.PC will bring about synergy in the Criminal Justice System and improved rate of conviction.
16 posts of Professors, Associate Professors created for GMCs
The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the creation of 16 (sixteen) posts of Professors and Associate Professors in different specialties in Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu and Government Medical College, (GMC) Srinagar.
The posts include one post of Professor each in the disciplines of Pediatrics, Radio-Diagnosis, Pharmacology and Cardiology, one post of Associate Professor each in the disciplines of General Surgery and General Medicine and two posts of Associate Professor Obstetrics and Gynecology in GMC, Jammu.
In GMC, Srinagar, the posts created include one post of Professor each in the disciplines of Psychiatric Disease, Surgery, ENT, Anatomy, Pediatrics, Radiation Oncology and Orthopedics and one post of Associate Professor in the discipline of Radio Diagnosis & Imaging.
The creation of these posts will help GMC Jammu and GMC Srinagar to tackle increasing patient load and to meet the new challenges being faced in the health care delivery system.
The creation of these posts will also help these institutions to apply for enhancement of Post -Graduate seats in the year 2019-20 to Medical Council of India. The creations are correlated with the increase in 20-25 postgraduate seats, expected to be enhanced in the existing pool of sanctioned PG seats by the MCI for each Medical College.
Faculty for GMCs of Doda, Rajouri approved
The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the one time absorption by way of lateral entry of faculty member of Government Medical College, Srinagar and Senior Consultants/Consultants of Health Services Department in the new Government Medical Colleges (GMCs) of Doda and Rajouri on the recommendations of the designated Committee through a transparent process.
SAC accorded sanction to the one time absorption by lateral entry in GMC Doda of Dr. Aftab Ahmad Khan as Associate Professor in the discipline of General Surgery, Dr. Shiv Kumar as Associate Professor in the discipline of Orthopedics, Dr. Neeraj Kumar as Associate Professor in the discipline of Pediatrics.
SAC accorded sanction to the one time absorption by lateral entry in GMC Rajouri of Dr. Zubair Afzal Khan as Professor in the discipline of General Surgery, Dr. Javed Iqbal as Associate Professor in the discipline of Paediatrics and Dr. Zakir Hussain as Associate Professor in the discipline of General Surgery.
The appointment of the above doctors as faculty members in these new Government Medical Colleges shall be among others, subject to the conditions that they shall pass the mandatory ‘Head Count Test’ of the Medical Council of India (MCI) and in case any of them fails to pass such test, he shall be reverted to his parent Department and shall not have any claim for appointment in the Medical College for which he has been recommended for appointment. The appointment of Consultants/Senior Consultants of Health Department on the posts of Professors/Associate Professors shall also be subject to their confirmation by the Departmental Promotion Committee/J&K Public Service Commission.
The decision will facilitate positioning of faculty in these new Medical Colleges to comply with the MCI guidelines and tide over the deficiency of faculty. This will also meet the requirements of Head Count of MCI for grant of Letter of Permission for starting of MBBS Course in GMC Doda for the year, 2020-21.
SAC okays DNB courses in Tertiary Level and District Hospitals
The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the start of DNB (Diplomats of National Board) Courses in the Tertiary Level and District Hospitals of the Jammu and Kashmir.
Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed considerable improvement in the health sector over the years. In many health parameters, Jammu and Kashmir is ranked ahead of the national average. The Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) has been brought down from 34 to 26 (eight points) alone in 2018, which is highest among all states.
However, there is still shortage of specialists in the District and Sub-District Hospitals. To address the shortage in rural/peripheral set-ups, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has authorized the National Board of Examination (NBE) to start DNB programmes in the State owned District/Provincial Hospitals having the potential to meet the minimum accreditation requirements.
The National Board of Examination conducts its postgraduate and postdoctoral programmes in teaching hospitals accredited by it and in medical colleges accredited by the MCI under the title of ‘DNB’. The DNB courses have been declared equivalent to MD/MS/other higher courses recognized by MCI.
The commencement of DNB courses in District Hospitals will be an important endeavor to address the key concerns of shortage of specialists in District Hospitals. With the implementation of DNB programme in Jammu and Kashmir, 225 DNB seats shall become available in such institutions by January 2020, thus giving opportunities of higher education to the doctors and increasing the availability of specialists in the District Hospitals. This programme is supported by National Health Mission (NHM) and with its implementation, Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (PMJAY), shall also get boost in its implementation.
Once the DNB courses are started in core specialties of Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Anesthesia, Radiology and Pathology etc, the health care institutions are expected to deliver comprehensive range of specialized services especially teaching & research.
In a separate decision, SAC approved commencement of B.SC Paramedical Courses in the Super Specialty Hospitals at Jammu and Srinagar and in the Associated Hospitals of the new GMCs of Anantnag, Baramulla, Doda, Kathua and Rajouri.
31 new posts of Accounts Officers in Police Dept
The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik approved creation of 31 posts of Accounts Officers in the Police Department.
SAC approved creation of 6 posts of Accounts Officers by corresponding reduction of 6 posts of Assistant Accounts Officers in the offices of ADGP Armed, J&K, ADGP Security, ADGP CID, J&K, IGP Crime, J&K, IGP Telecom, J&K and SSP Srinagar.
SAC approved creation of 25 posts of Accounts Officers in the SSP offices of all 22 districts in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh Divisions besides the Directorate of Forensic Science Laboratory, SP Awantipora, SP Handwara and SP Sopore.
The creation of posts of Accounts Officers and providing each district establishment with an Accounts Officer will ensure budget control, better management of funds and enforcement of financial discipline. This will also relieve the Police officers from additional duties of DDOs and enable them to devote their full time to their primary assigned duties.