Govt approves 495 posts for Ladakh division

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Srinagar

The government of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday approved the creation of 495 posts for the Ladakh division to make the newly-created administrative unit fully operational.

Principal Secy planning and Official spokesperson Rohit Kansal addressing a press conference in Srinagar

“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,” said an official spokesman in a statement.

“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,” he added.

The spokesman said that 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.

“Finalise the periodicity of the Divisional Commissioner and Inspector General of Police sitting at Leh and Kargil, viz. Weekly, fortnightly, etc,” said an official spokesman.

“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 and responsibilities and staffing patterns and any other measures, as may be necessary for operationalisation of the division,” he said.

He said that in pursuance of its mandate the committee visited Leh on 18th February 2019 and Kargil on  February 23 2019. 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,” he said.

“The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here today on July 3, 2019, under the Chairmanship of Governor accorded approval for the creation of 495 posts of various categories in different departments in both Leh and Kargil Districts,” he added.

He 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.

Directorates to be established in Ladakh Division

Headquartered at Leh

  1.  Chief Engineer, R&B (with the additional charge of PMGSY)
  2. Chief Engineer, Mechanical
  3. Director, Health Services
  4. Director, Urban Local bodies
  5. Director, Industries & Commerce
  6. Regional Transport officer
  7. Chief Conservator of Forests
  8. Director, Animal Husbandry(with an additional charge of Sheep Husbandry)
  9. Joint Director, Handicrafts (with an additional charge of Handlooms)
  10. Joint Director, Hospitality and Protocol (with a Dy. Director to be stationed at Kargil)
  11. Director, Accounts & treasuries
  12. Regional Director, State Pollution Control Board

Directorates to be established in Ladakh Division

 Headquartered at Kargil

  1.  Chief Engineer, PHE (with the additional charge of I&FC)
  2. Chief Engineer, PDD
  3. Director of School Education
  4. Director, Rural Development
  5. Director, Social Welfare
  6. Additional Registrar Cooperatives
  7. Director, Tourism
  8. Director, Horticulture (with the additional charge of Floriculture)
  9. Director of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs
  10. Joint Director, Information (with Dy. Director to be stationed at Leh)
  11. Regional Wild Life Warden
  12. Joint Director of Youth Services and Sports

“The committee in its recommendations has emphasised that the placement of a particular office at a district is on the 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 spokesman said.

“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,” he said.

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