J&K govt clears passage for setting State Election Commission

Clearing decks for setting up of State Election Commission in Jammu and Kashmir, the state cabinet today approved amendments in the Panchayati Raj Act.

Last Updated: Dec 10, 2010, 21:59 PM IST

Jammu: Clearing decks for setting up of
State Election Commission in Jammu and Kashmir, the state
cabinet today approved amendments in the Panchayati Raj Act.
"The state cabinet which met here today under the
chairmanship of the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah approved
amendments in Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1998, by
which setting up of State Election Commission has been
recommended," an official spokesman said.

After the approval, the draft bill to amend the Act
will be introduced in the State Legislative Assembly during
ensuing session for its passage.

The draft bill had been prepared on the recommendation
of an expert committee which was constituted on August 18,
2009 in consultation with Law and Finance Department after
demands from the public and various political parties for
amendments in the Act.

The Expert Panel was headed by Minister for Rural
Development and Panchayati Raj Ali Mohammad Sagar.
In another decision, the Cabinet also approved one
post of Additional Advocate General (AAG) with its Headquarter
at New Delhi and Additional Standing Counsel for the state at
the Supreme Court.

It also approved the extension in the services of IAS
officer and Commissioner Sales Tax, Bashir Ahmed and
re-employment of former Deputy Director, District Motor
Garages Leh, Abdul Hakeem.

PTI