3 important bills passed by Governor on Sunday
         Date: 10-Dec-2018
 
 
The State Administrative Council (SAC), under the chairmanship of Governor Satya Pal Malik in its meeting on Sunday. SAC approved the bill on “tackling benami transactions” in Jammu and Kashmir, ‘Jammu and Kashmir Governor’s Special Security Force Bill, 2018’’ and Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Bill- 2018.  
 
 
Jammu and Kashmir prohibition of benami property transactions bill, 2018
 
 
The ‘Jammu and Kashmir prohibition of benami property transactions bill, 2018’ aimed at creating the necessary infrastructure for law enforcement agencies and permitting the authorities to “attach and confiscate any benami property”. It contains the penal provision of a jail term of not less than one year that is extendable to seven years and the fine equivalent to 25% of the property can also be imposed. The ‘Jammu and Kashmir Governor’s Special Security Force Bill, 2018’’, “The Bill contains provisions related to the constitution and regulation of a separate security force in Jammu and Kashmir for providing proximate security to the Governor, members of his immediate family and matters connected therewith”, the spokesman mentioned.
 
Jammu and Kashmir Governor’s Special Security Force Bill, 2018
 
 
“The legal framework related to constitution and regulation of a separate security force in Jammu and Kashmir for providing proximate security to the chief minister, members of his immediate family and other connected matters, is contained in the Jammu and Kashmir Special Security Group Act, 2000. There is no provision contained in the said Act related to matters, for providing proximate security to the governor of state and his immediate family members. A need has been felt to have an effective mechanism in place for constitution and regulation of a separate security force in the state of Jammu and Kashmir for providing proximate security to the governor and his family members”.
 
The Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Bill- 2018
 
 
The Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Bill- 2018 “seeks to introduce such provisions in the Code of Civil Procedure, Samvat, 1977 which will help in the disposal of cases in a time-bound manner. These provisions relate to fixing time-frame for filing a written statement and forfeiture of the right of a defendant to file written statements after the prescribed period,” mentioned the official spokesman.
 
Major Decisions
 
 
The other major decisions taken by SAC during this meeting were streamlining the teaching cadre in Jammu and Kashmir, sanction to establishment of a separate nuclear medicine department in government medical college Jammu and dispensing with an oral test for selection against the newly created posts of veterinary assistant surgeons.
 
Streamline the teaching cadre in Jammu and Kashmir
 
 
The Governor administration on Sunday approved the action plan recommended by a committee constituted vide government order number 1263-GAD of 2018, dated 13.08.2018. The official spokesperson said this decision would streamline the cadre of Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) teachers by transitioning them in the regular cadre of teachers and meeting the salary deficit of SSA and RMSA teachers, which is over Rs 1400 crores per annum, out of the state budget. The SAC approved creation of a separate cadre of teachers who will get pay scale of Rs 29200-92300 (L-5) under 7th pay commission from 1.09.2018 in the school education department. The action plan envisages formal merger of 526 posts of headmasters and 3132 posts of subject-specific masters created under RMSA with headmasters and masters in the SED, conversion/up-gradation of existing 4522 direct quota vacant non-teaching posts in different categories as teachers, creation of 28,363 supernumerary posts of teachers with the stipulation that these shall subsist till completion of appointment/transition of eligible RReTs as regular teachers, and thereafter shall cease to exist on the adjustment if these supernumerary posts against normally arising vacancies.
 
Separate nuclear medicine department in government medical college Jammu
 
 
The creation of a separate nuclear medicine department was aimed at strengthening the cancer care services at the tertiary-level. The official spokesman said the ministry of health and family welfare, government of India—under the centrally-sponsored scheme ‘national programme for prevention and control of cancer, diabetes, CVD and stroke— sanctioned two state cancer institutes’ in J&K—one in SKIMS Soura and other in GMC Jammu. “SKIMS Soura has received the first installment of Rs 47.25 crore for establishment of the SCI. To make SCI functional at GMC Jammu, the establishment of nuclear medicine department was mandatory so that funds under various components of the scheme are sanctioned by the government of India, including for procurement and installation of PET scan machine in GMC, Jammu,” the spokesman said. In order to enable maternity centre at Zakura Srinagar to function on 24×7 basis with improved facilities, the SAC approved additional 14 posts of various categories. It also approved up-gradation of sub-centre at Utterbani, block Purmandal, Jammu to the level of primary health centre along with creation of 09 posts of various categories. “Utterbani is a religious place where a large number of pilgrims visit throughout the year particularly during the Amavasyas (every month), KumbMela, ChetraChoudhas (annually) and Maha Shiv Ratri. On an average, 300-350 pilgrims visit the holy shrine on daily basis,” the spokesman said. “Owing to the religious significance of the place and rush of pilgrims and public, there was a persistent demand from the locals to upgrade the said sub-centre to the level of PHC, which the SAC approved today”.
 
Only written test for 400 posts of Veterinary assistant surgeons
 
 
The SAC has approved the proposal for taking only written test for selecting the individuals on newly created posts of veterinary assistant surgeons to weed out corruption and bringing more transparency in it. The SAC has already sanctioned 400 posts of veterinary assistant surgeons in the animal and sheep husbandry department in its meeting held on 12 September 2018 and section of the same would take place through JKPSC in a phased manner.