March 25:Governor N N Vohra Thursday accorded assent to the Jammu and Kashmir Law Officers (Appointment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 2016.
The salient features of these Rules are: for appointment of an Additional Advocate General, a person must have at least 10 years of practice as an Advocate and at least 08 reported judgements to his credit in which he has contributed to the growth of law and is an income tax payee, an official spokesperson said this evening.
For appointment of a Deputy Advocate General a person must have at least 08 years of practice as an Advocate and at least 05 reported judgements to his credit in which he has contributed to the growth of law and is an income tax payee.
For appointment of an Advocate-on-Record in Supreme Court of India a person must have at least 07 years of practice as an Advocate in the Supreme Court of India out of which 03 years should be as an Advocate-on-Record and should be an income tax payee.
For appointment as Government Advocate/ Standing Counsel, a person must have atleast 05 years of practice as an Advocate. It may be mentioned that in absence of any Rules governing the appointment and conditions of service of these Law Officers, all appointments on these positions in the past years were being done on an adhoc basis.
He also accorded assent to the “Jammu and Kashmir State Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple disabilities Bill, 2016”. This Act, which would benefit a sizeable population of persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation, and Multiple Disabilities, aims to empowering persons with such disabilities; extending support to registered organizations to provide need based services to families of persons with disabilities; promoting measures for care and protection of such persons and realization of equal opportunities; protection of rights and full participation of persons with disabilities.
Besides empowering persons with such disabilities to live independently, this Act will enable the State Government to ensure timely interventions and mediations for mitigating their genuine problems. A nominee of the department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India, has been included in the Board of Trustees for supporting the State Trust in its formative years with regard to its management and operations.
Governor N.N. Vohra also accorded assent to the “Jammu and Kashmir Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2016”. The amendments to this Act has enabled usage of Electronic Voting Machines for conducting elections to the Urban Local Bodies. It is relevant to mention here that the State Administrative Council, in its meeting held on 11th March, 2016, had approved the Housing and Urban Development Department’s proposal regarding the amendment of this Act.