SRINAGAR: Governor N N Vohra on Wednesday chaired the second meeting of the State Administrative Council (SAC) at Raj Bhavan here.
The meeting was attended by advisors to the Governor B B Vyas, Vijay Kumar and Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, and by Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam.
The SAC deliberated upon the various proposals submitted by administrative departments for its consideration and approval.
The SAC accorded sanction to the creation of 29 posts of Readers Grade-I, 58 posts of Readers Grade-II, 23 posts of Senior Stenographers and 21 posts of Junior Stenographers in the Subordinate Judiciary to implement the recommendations of the Shetty Pay Commission for Subordinate Judiciary staff and to implement the directions issued by the Supreme Court in this regard.
With the creation of these posts, Jammu and Kashmir has fully implemented the Commission’s recommendations of staff of the Subordinate Judiciary, which include their career progression and grant of allowances etc. at par with their counterparts in other states.
The SAC accorded sanction to the enhancement of remuneration/honorarium being paid to Research Assistants in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court from Rs 15,000 to Rs 25,000 per month. The move will bring their honorarium/remuneration at par with their counterparts in other high courts of the country.
The SAC also approved diversion of 29.90 hectares of forest land in various parts of the state for undertaking developmental activities in railways, roads, drinking water and other sectors.
The proposals were recommended by the Forest Advisory Committee (FAC), headed by the Chief Secretary in its 106th meeting, held on April 20.
The projects approved for use of forest land include construction of foundations of bridges, tunnels etc of the USB Railway Line project in Reasi and Mahore Forest Divisions, construction of road from Banjian to Nokanin Billawar Forest Division by Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), construction of a 0.25 lakh gallon filtration plant at Chandanwari and 0.40 lakh gallon service reservoir at Nunwan by the Public Health Engineering Department in Lidder Forest Division, Bijbehara, and construction of Operational Track (Road) from Maidan Behak to Ringsar (K17.00 to Km 27) in Kamraj Forest Division.
In a significant decision, the SAC approved procurement of latest cleaning machines by J&K Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) for four basins of the Dal-Nagin Lake, through global tendering process.
The matter of augmentation of LAWDA’s mechanical resources has been pending for a long time for want of decision making.
The SAC, while appreciating the ground realities, including excessive weed growth, macrophyte infestation and massive expansion of lily patches in the open water expanse of Dal-Nagin Lake, has promptly responded in the matter raising hopes of lake conservation.
The SAC emphasised that the pristine glory of all water bodies including Dal-Nageen Lake has to be restored and every effort shall be made to arrange the financial and mechanical resources for effective and timely management of lake cleaning operations.
It is pertinent to mention that most of the available machines with the LAWDA have outlived their utility life and are being operated beyond their working capacity. The withdrawal and re-deployment of these machines from one basin to another of the 25 sq km lake area has been severely impeding the working efficiency and reducing the net progress.
While recognising the fact that the procurement of sophisticated top-end aquatic machines may take a few months, as an interim measure the SAC gave a nod to LAWDA to hire lake cleaning machines up to March 2019, so that the lake ecology does not get adversely affected due to excessive weed growth and macrophyte infestation.