SAC Meeting: Various Decision Taken


The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met on Saturday under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik took a number of decisions, an official spokesperson said.

The implementation of Social Welfare schemes has been brought under one umbrella and approved the creation of a post of director general, Women & Child Development in the Social Welfare Department. 

It is pertinent to mention here that following the creation of a separate department of Women and Child Development in Government of India way back in 2006, several state governments have created separate departments to specifically look into issues related to women and child development.

Presently, the social welfare schemes in the state were looked after by two Directorates, namely, Directorate of Social Welfare Kashmir and Directorate of Social Welfare Jammu. Further,  the issues related to women and child development were addressed through the various verticals of the Social Welfare Development including Mission Directorate of ICDS, Mission Directorate of ICPS,  Project Directorate of POSHAN Abhiyaan, Mission Directorate of State Resource Centre for Women  Jammu and Kashmir State Council for Rehabilitation of Widows, Orphans, Handicapped and Old Persons (Victims of Militancy), Jammu and Kashmir State Women’s Development Corporation, Jammu and Kashmir State Commission for Women.

“The  High Court of J&K in the PIL No. 09/2013 titled ‘Court on its own Motion Vs State of J&K and Others’, asked the State Government to consider setting up of a separate department of women & child development like in other states to plan and implement programmes for children. Pursuant to the directions of the High Court issued vide order dated 14.09.2018, the Social Welfare Department decided to propose a separate Directorate of Women and Child Development to be headed by the Director General, Women and Child Development. The post of Director General, Women and Child Development shall be created in a scale equivalent to the Super Time Scale of the Jammu & Kashmir Administrative Service and manned either by an Officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) or Jammu & Kashmir Administrative Service (JKAS) or Common Pool Cadre. Further, Mission Directorate of ICDS will continue to function as Project Director, POSHAN Abhiyaan and Mission Director ICPS, both will report to Director General, Women and Child Development,” reads the statement.

The spokesperson further informed that the supporting staff of the Directorate of Women and Child Development will be made through internal adjustment/deployment. The creation of a dedicated Department of Women & Child Development will help in evolving plans, policies, strategies and approaches for achieving desired goals with a focus on percolation of benefits to women and children, mobilization of resources and convergence of common programmes for upliftment and development of women and children. This will contribute towards robust monitoring of laws/schemes/programmes relating to women and children in the state.

The SAC has also approved the use of forest land for development projects of public importance that will include 28 hectares of forest land in various parts of the state for undertaking developmental projects of public importance in the Railways, PMGSY, and Energy sectors.

The utilization of Forest land has been approved in pursuance to the recommendations of the 113th Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) meeting held on 11.03.2019, reads the statement. 

The proposals approved included use of forest land for up-gradation of Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link Project, development of infrastructure by JAKEDA and construction of PMGSY roads viz Bandhole to Upper Pattangarh in Udhampur Forest Division, Bhugtrain to Lower Panjgrain in Ramnagar Forest Division Ghan to Chandali in Kishtwar Forest Division, Dubigali to Nalinikka in Udhampur Forest Division, Bugrana to Kalchanda in Kishtwar Forest Division and TOI Dawar Tulail Kashpat to Refugee 02 in Bandipora Forest Division etc. But the work on these projects could not be started till date due to pending forest clearance. By virtue of the SAC decision today, work on all these projects will be started leading to developmental impetus in the rail, road and energy sectors in the state, said the spokesperson.

The SAC has also approved the appointment of administrators for un-constituted Halqa Panchayats to be initiated by the Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department and payment of honorarium of elected sarpanchs and Panchs, as notified by the government for such Halqa Panchayats which have not been constituted.

“It is pertinent to mention that Section 9 (1) of the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Act, 1989 provides for the appointment of administrators for such Halqa Panchayats which cannot be constituted due to difficulty in holding the election of the members or failure to elect such members at two successive elections or any sufficient reason whatsoever. Therefore, it has been felt expedient to appoint an administrator for Halqa Panchayats which have not been constituted, for performing such duties as specified in the schedule I-A, I-B and I-C including other functions contained in the J&K Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Act, and Rules made thereunder,” reads the statement.

The administrator appointed shall hold office for a period not exceeding six months and the Halqa Panchayat shall be deemed to be duly constituted after the appointment of the administrator under the provisions of the Act, said the spokesperson.

A gazetted officer of the Department of Agriculture Production, Horticulture, School Education, Social Welfare, Revenue, Industries (Handloom & Handicrafts) can be appointed as administrator for such a Halqa Panchayat. The District Development Commissioner will be the designated authority to work out the number of such Halqa Panchayats which have not been constituted and submit the proposal for appointment of any officer of the above departments as administrator preferably one administrator for ten Halqa Panchayats, said the spokesperson.

The notification of the appointment of an administrator will be issued by the Rural Development and Panchayati Raj department. The administrator so appointed will be bound to consult elected Sarpanches or Panches of the Halqa Panchayats during the process of decision making, planning and utilization of funds. The Panches and Sarpanches in such Halqa Panchayat will be entitled to the honorarium as fixed by the government i.e Rs 2500 for a Sarpanch and Rs 1000 for a Panch, reads the statement.

The statement further reads that the proposal will help strengthen the grass root democracy, make it vibrant and enable all Halqa Panchayats to carry out their assigned functions as enunciated in the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj (Amendment), Act 1989.

The SAC has also approved elevated corridor option for Srinagar City mass rapid transit system, a detailed presentation by the Housing and Urban Development Department (H&UDD) was shown in the meeting as well. 

“Various elevated, underground and integrated corridor proposals were critically analyzed during the presentation in terms of feasibility, suitability and other merits/de-merits besides the finances involved. Broadly, the Srinagar Mass Rapid Transit Corridor proposals envisage phase wise development of various corridors connecting the city extremities with each other with many in between boarding and de-boarding stations,” reads the statement. 

It further reads that the need for developing Mass Transit Corridor in Srinagar City was being increasingly felt, owing to inadequate capacity of the existing roads within the city to cater to the ever-increasing volume of traffic moving in and out of the city, not up to the mark bus services, traffic congestion and the shrinking walking strips to name a few. The ambitious Mass Rapid Transit Corridor Project is a major initiative of the Government to address this inadequacy and keeping in view the future requirements of transportation and mobility in the city.

After considering various options, the SAC approved the ‘Elevated Corridor Option’ for Srinagar Mass Rapid Transit Corridor, deemed to be the best option. SAC further advised the Housing and Urban Development Department that wherever feasible, the Elevated Corridor shall be at ground level and designed in a manner as would add to the aesthetic value of the surrounding landscape. The DPRs for both Srinagar and Jammu Mass Rapid Transit Systems will be ready by June, 30, 2019, reads the statement.


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