SRINAGAR: The Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha J&K has ordered allocation of government businesses to his Advisors Farooq Khan, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar and Baseer Ahmad Khan.
As per government order No.1026-JK(GAD) of 2020 issued in this regard, the Advisors shall exercise powers of the minister under the ‘Transaction of Business of the Government of Union Territory of J&K Rules, 2019’ in respect of departments allocated to them.
The order reads that for the purpose of official correspondence, Advisors Farooq Khan, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar and Baseer Ahmad Khan shall continue to be designated as Advisor (F), Advisor (B) & Advisor (BK) respectively.
As per the order, the departments allocated to Advisor (F) include Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Social Welfare, Tribal Affairs, Labour and Employment, Youth Services and Sports, ARI and Trainings, Cooperative, Election, Haj & Auqaf, Agriculture Production & Farmer’s Welfare and Horticulture.
The portfolios of Advisor (B) include Health & Medical Education, Public Works (R&B), Jal Shakti, Transport, Animal/ Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Revenue, School Education and Higher Education, Skill Development
The departments allocated to Advisor (BK) include Power Development, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation & Reconstruction, Culture, Tourism, Floriculture, Planning, Development and Monitoring Industries & Commerce
The order further provides that Advisor Bhatnagar will also advise Lt Governor Manoj Sinha on matters relating to Home and coordinate activities of the police including Terror Monitoring Group, Force Deployment, Intelligence Work, Preparedness for law and order, Operational effectiveness, Counter Cross Border Propaganda, jails, Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), Prosecution, Narcotics Control and POCSO matters.
The files of General Administration Department (GAD), Home Department and Anti-Corruption Bureau will be submitted to the Lt Governor through GAD and Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam.
Also the files of housing and urban department, information technology, science and technology, law, justice and parliamentary affairs, estates, forest, ecology and environment, information and mining will be submitted to LG through the Chief Secretary.
The files of Finance Department, Civil Aviation and Hospitality and protocol will be submitted to LG through Financial Commissioner, Finance Department, Jammu and Kashmir.