New Delhi: The government has constituted
two special task forces for Jammu and Ladakh regions to
examine the allocations in terms of infrastructure needs and
make suitable recommendations to overcome the deficiencies.
While Abhijit Sen, a Planning Commission member, will
be leading a task force on Jammu, Narendra Jadhav, another
Planning Commission member, will be the chairperson of the
team on Ladakh, an official notification said Wednesday.
It said the two task forces have been constituted
keeping in view the immediate objectives to maintain peace and
order and defuse the situation through confidence building
The decision on forming of three task forces was taken
at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security headed by
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on September 25.
The terms and references of the two task forces would
be to identify the special development needs of the region and
suggest measures to address them and to examine allocations to
the regions in terms of infrastructure needs. They will make
suitable recommendations to overcome the deficiencies.
The task forces have been given three months to submit
Besides Sen, the other members for Jammu task force
are Joint Secretary, (Plan Finance-I), Ministry of Finance,
Department of Expenditure, Divisional Commissioner (Jammu), Dr
Najeeb Jung, Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia University
and Dr Amaresh Dubey, Prof of Economics, Centre for the Study
of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, JNU. Joint
Secretary (Kashmir), Ministry of Home Affairs will be the
Besides Jhadav, the task force on Ladakh will comprise
Joint Secretary, (Plan Finance-II), Ministry of Finance,
Department of Expenditure, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir,
Prof Akhtar Majeed, Director, Centre for Federal Studies and
Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Hamdard University, Dr
Navnita Chadha Behera, Department of Political Science,
University of Delhi as members and Director (Kashmir),
Ministry of Home Affairs as Convener.
The task forces may co-opt officers of the state
government and such other officers of the Central and State
Governments as and when necessary. They include Commissioner
and Secretary to state government, Principal Secretary,
Planning, Development and Ladakh Affairs and Principal
Secretary to the Chief Minister.
The notification said the task forces shall be
provided with all possible assistance by Ministries and
Departments and other agencies under the Central and State
Governments to facilitate its task.
The chairperson and members shall be treated as state
guests during their period of stay and work in the state.
The non-official members shall be entitled to sitting
fees in addition. Travel and transportation facilities shall
be as admissible to the highest grade of government employees.