HC Appoints Div Com Nodal Officer
By M Ahmad
Srinagar- The High Court of J&K and Ladakh has appointed Divisional Commissioner Kashmir as ‘nodal officer’ “who will give a consistent view on behalf of the various agencies” regarding upgradation of basic structures of ambulances as per European standards and for ensuring their hassle-free passage in Kashmir Valley.
As a Public Interest Litigation came up for hearing before a Division Bench of Chief Justice N. Kotiswar Singh and Wasim Sadiq Nargal, Advocate General D C Raina suggested that in view of involvement of various departments, who may have different views, it will be appropriate that a Nodal Officer be appointed, who will give a consistent view on behalf of the various agencies before the Court.
“Under the circumstances, we appoint Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir to be the Nodal Officer, who may file the comprehensive affidavit on behalf of the respondents (officials), based on the inputs received from the various departments, so that there is unanimity and consistency in the stand taken by the respondents,” the court said.
Accordingly, it directed the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to file an affidavit taking into consideration various averments, assurances and undertakings made by the various departments in this Public Interest Litigation. The court ordered listing for consideration on June 7 the PIL filed by white Globe NGO in 2018 through senior Advocate Syed Faisal Qadri for upgradation of basic structures of ambulance as per European standards and importantly enduring coordination between different government Departments particularly traffic department and health department for hassle free movement and passage of ambulances and saving precious lives.
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