Accommodation for Journalists: Official panel to scrutinize applications

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JAMMU: The government has constituted a seven-member official panel to review the issues regarding providing government accommodation to the media-persons in the state.
According to a government order issued in this regard, the committee will be headed by Administrative Secretary, Home Department. The members of the committee include Additional Director General of Police, Security J&K, Additional Director General of Police, CID, J&K, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Administrative Secretary, Information Department and Director Estates. Director Information & PR will be the Member Secretary of the Committee.
According to the order, the Committee will consider regularisation, continuation, cancellation and also scrutinize fresh requests by media-persons for allotment of government accommodation at Jammu and Srinagar against the quota of 1.5% out of 5% discretionary quota at the disposal of minister in-charge estates.
The committee shall be serviced by the Estates Department and shall submit its recommendations to the government through Estates Department.
Pertinently, around 120 media-persons are presently in possession of the government accommodation at Jammu and Srinagar for official and residential purposes.