In an important development here today, state cabinet which met here under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti gave assent to the proposal for extending powers to all the Sub-Divisional Magistrates to issue Permanent Resident Certificates (PRC).
Sources said that the proposal had been placed before the cabinet by the Revenue department. The department had said that PRC also known as the state subject certificate is an important document required for job interviews, scholarships, bank loans, recruitment in armed forces, ration cards, LPG connection and for driving license.
Practice was that PRC’s could only be issued by designated officers like Assistant Commissioner Revenue (ACR) or Additional Deputy Commission (ADC). But the SDM had no powers to issue PRCs. Practice was that once SDM Was posted somewhere; he had to virtually plead with the government to give him the powers to issue state subject certificates. Besides, those officers who were not state subjects had no power to issue PRCs. The government today gave these powers to the IAS officers.
They will now be able to issue state subject certificates. Apart from giving powers to SDMs, state cabinet took serious note of government secrets being leaked to the press. The issue was raised by a minister and seconded by several other ministers. They said that they get embarrassed when they see every word spoken or written by them privately is not only leaked to the press but in certain cases, entire information is shared with certain selected media outlets.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti took serious note of this and directed the cabinet ministers to ensure that sanctity of the chair being held by them is maintained at all cost. She categorically said that ministers should refrain from speaking too much in the media. Apart from this, Cabinet approved creation of various categories of posts within the sanctioned strength of the Forest Protection Force as per the following details.
Downgrading and change of nomenclature of 30 existing posts of Deputy Director (DCF), in the pay scale of Rs 15600-39100+ GP 6600, to Deputy Director (ACF), in pay scale of Rs 9300-34800+GP 4800. Change in the nomenclature of 30 posts of Assistant Directors, in the pay scale of Rs 9300-34800+GP 4280, from existing 60 posts as Assistant Director-Grade-I. Downgrading and change in the nomenclature of 30 posts of Assistant Director, in the pay scale of Rs 9300-34800+GP 4280, from existing 60 posts as Assistant Director-Grade-II, in the pay scale of Rs 9300-34800+GP 4200.
Creation of 30 posts of Assistant Director-Grade-II, in the pay scale of Rs 9300-34800+GP 4200, by upgrading 30 posts of FPF Inspector, out of the existing 150 posts, in the pay scale of Rs 5200-20200+GP 2800. Creation of 232 posts of FPF Dy. Inspector, out of the existing 150 posts, in the pay scale of Rs 5200-20200+GP 2400, by upgrading 232 posts of FPF Guard, out of the existing 988 posts, in the pay scale of Rs 5200-20200+GP 1900.
Creation of 3 posts of Section Officer, in the pay scale of Rs 9300-34800+GP 4600, by upgrading 3 posts of Junior Assistant, out of the existing 106 posts, in the pay scale of Rs 5200-20200+GP 1900. Creation of 7 posts of Head Assistant, in the pay scale of Rs 9300-34800+GP 4200, by upgrading 7 posts of Junior Assistant, out of the existing 106 posts, in the pay scale of Rs 5200-20200+GP 1900.
Cabinet further accorded sanction to the creation of 59 posts of various categories in the office of the Advocate General, J&K. The posts include 5 posts of Sr. Scale Stenographer (9300-34800+GP 4600), 02 posts of Section Officer (9300-34800+GP 4600), 07 posts of Legal Assistant (9300-34800+GP 4280), 10 posts of Jr Legal Assistant (9300-34800+GP 4200), 04 posts of Head Assistant (9300-34800+GP 4200), 06 posts of Jr. Scale Stenographer (9300-34800+GP 4200), 05 posts of Sr Assistant (5200-20200+GP 2400), 15 posts of Jr Assistant (5200-20200+GP 1900) and 05 posts of orderly (4440-7440+GP 1300).
Cabinet accorded sanction to the creation of 8 posts of Research Assistant to assist the High Court Judges in discharging their judicial function on a consolidated remuneration of Rs 15000 per month. Cabinet also approved the proposal to allow the CA&PD department to grind 75% Wheat into Atta, out of the total allocation of Wheat for distribution among the consumers.
Under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), Wheat is supplied at a highly subsidized rate of Rs 2 per Kg; however, NFSA does not provide grinding charges for Wheat and when the CA&PD department supplied Wheat to the rationees, a certain section of rationees especially in urban areas were reluctant to receive Wheat instead of Atta.
State Cabinet on 11th April, 2016, took a decision to allow the CA&PD department to supply Atta instead of Wheat to the consumers and for the purpose department was authorized to charge Rs 1 per Kg Atta from the rationees, on account of grinding, transportation and handling charges. Earlier, CA&PD department was grinding Wheat into Atta in the ratio of 60:40, which has now been enhanced to 75:25, to meet the demand of the general public.