Governor, Sat Pal Malik chaired the meeting of the State Administrative Council (SAC) at Raj Bhavan on Wednesday.
Advisors to the Governor, B B Vyas, K Vijay Kumar, and Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam and Principal Secretary to Governor, Umang Narula attended the meeting.
The SAC deliberated upon the various proposals submitted by Administrative departments for its consideration and approval.
SAC approves the signing of MoU for setting up Composite Regional Centre at Jammu
The State Administrative Council (SAC) approved the signing of Memorandum of Understanding(MoU), for leasing out of State Land measuring 23 Kanals and 02 Marlas at Village Ghaink, Tehsil Bhalwal, District Jammu between Pt. Deendayal, Upadhayay Institute for Physically Handicapped, New Delhi (Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India) and State of Jammu and Kashmir through Department of Social Welfare, for setting up of Composite Regional Center (CRC) at Jammu.
A CRC under the aegis of Union Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India is functioning at Srinagar to provide multiple services to the physically challenged persons. However, a need was felt that Persons with Disabilities from Jammu Division were unable to get benefits from the Srinagar, CRC.
By establishing a CRC at Jammu, a persistent demand of the Persons with Disabilities of Jammu Division will be met as the CRC will cater to their various needs.
CRC, once established at Jammu will lend a complete set up for Persons with Disabilities to provide preventive and promotional aspects of rehabilitation like education, health, employment and vocational training, research and manpower development, rehabilitation for Persons with Disabilities and also by offering them Assistive Aids and Equipment and effective mechanism for their social empowerment.
SAC approves the hike in SPOs’ honorarium
The State Administrative Council (SAC), approved an increase in the honorarium of Special Police Officers (SPOs) of Jammu and Kashmir Police with effect from 26th September 2018.
The SPOs have been engaged in the Police Department from mid-nineties to assist the State Police in law order and various counter-insurgency operations. Presently, the SPOs with less than one year of engagement are paid a monthly honorarium of Rs. 5000 per month, upon completion of the one-year Rs. 5500 per month and upon completion of three years Rs. 6000 per month.
By virtue of the SAC decision, the monthly honorarium of SPOs with less than 5 years of engagement has been enhanced to Rs 6000 per month, upon completion of 5 years to Rs. 9,000 per month and upon completion of 15 years to Rs 12000 per month. The decision having the financial implication of Rs. 106 Crore annually will benefit over 30,000 SPOs working in the Police Department and improve their living conditions.
Over the years, SPOs have been assigned with various responsibilities including deployment for law and order, guarding vital installations, assistance in organizing important events and counter-insurgency operations in the State.
The payment on account of honorarium is reimbursable under the Security Related Expenditure Scheme (SRE) of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.
SAC approves the promotion of IPS officers
The State Administrative Council (SAC), accorded sanction to the placement of two IPS officers of 2004 batch namely Atul Kumar Goel and Shri Bhim Sen Tuti in the Selection Grade of IPS w.e.f. 01.01.2017.
The SAC also accorded sanction to the promotion of Shri Atul Kumar Goel and Shri Bhim Sen Tuti to the Super Time Scale–(i)-DIG of IPS w.e.f. 01.01.2018.
SAC approves re-structuring of Commercial Taxes Department
The State Administrative Council (SAC) approved the re-organization of the Commercial Taxes Department with a view to bringing its functioning in tune with the requirements of the GST legislation and to improve its efficiency in tax administration.
The SAC approved the renaming of “Commercial Taxes Department” as “State Taxes Department”, re-designation of the existing posts, re-designation of 10 posts of Assistant Commissioners, Commercial Taxes as Assistant Commissioner, State Taxes (Enforcement) with their defined areas of jurisdiction.
After the introduction of GST in the State, a need has arisen to reorganize and restructure the existing Commercial Taxes Department in keeping with the requirements of the GST legislation as has been done by the other states and the Central Excise Department. The existing field formations in the department are required to handle all key functions in a particular geographic region under VAT regime and therefore require an immediate restructuring.
The SAC approved the creation of 04 posts of Deputy Commissioner, State Taxes, Enforcement in the Pay scale of Rs. 15600-39100 Grade Pay (7600) (pre-revised), 01 posts of Assistant Commissioner, State Taxes (Technical) in the Pay scale of Rs. 15600-39100 Grade Pay 6600 (pre-revised) in the commission rate office, 04 posts of System Analyst in the pay scale of Rs. 15600-39100 Grade Pay 6600 (pre-revised) in the ICT Governance Wing of State Taxes Department.
Further, SAC approved the creation of 01 post of Estates Officer in the Pay scale of Rs. 15600-39100 Grade Pay 6600 (pre-revised) in the Commissionerate office, 14 posts of State Taxes Officer in the pay scale of Rs. 9300-34800 Grade Pay 4800 (pre-revised), 02 posts of Administrative Officer in the pay scale of Rs. 9300-34800 Grade Pay 4800 (pre-revised), 01 post of Accounts Officer in the pay scale of pay scale of 9300-34800 Grade Pay 4800 (pre-revised) in the Commissionerate office, 06 posts of Senior Stenographer in the Pay scale of Rs. 9300-34800 Grade Pay 4600 (pre-revised) by the corresponding reduction of equal numbers of posts of Inspectors, 11 posts of Cashier in the Pay scale of Rs. 9300-34800 Grade Pay 4200 (pre-revised) by the corresponding reduction of equal numbers of posts of Inspectors and 27 posts of Driver in the Pay scale of Rs. 5200-20200 Grade Pay 1300 (pre-revised) and One hundred and forty-eight (148) posts of Orderlies.
The SAC approved upgradation of 06 posts of Audit Supervisors, 2 posts of Stamp Supervisors as Section Officers, 14 Posts of Assistant Audit Supervisors as Cashiers and 16 Posts of Auditors as Senior Assistants.
SAC approves the use of forest land for developmental purposes
The State Administrative Council (SAC), which met here today under the chairmanship of Governor, Shri Satya Pal Malik approved the diversion of around 9.335 Ha of Forest Land in various parts of the State for undertaking developmental activities in the road and other sectors.
The proposals were recommended by the Forest Advisory Committee (FAC), headed by the Chief Secretary in its 110th FAC meeting.
The proposals cleared by the SAC today include the use of forest land for Upgradation of 4-Lane Jammu-Akhnoor section of NH 144 A and the Srinagar-Banihal section, construction of PMGSY roads in Ramnagar and Bandipora Forest Divisions and other critical infrastructure.