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SAC approves amendments to J&K Panchayati Raj Act
SRINAGAR, Aug 2: The state administrative council (SAC) approved amendments to the panchayati raj act, 1989 to provide for consultation with Halqa Majlis before preparing the development plan for a panchayat.

The decision is a step towards devolution of more powers to the people who will be empowered to take decisions about their developmental requirements/ area specific activities.

Also, in order to provide continuity to the development of Panchayats and in the absence of Halqa Panchayats, the amendment empowers the concerned BDO to collect fee/ taxes already imposed by the halqa panchayat.

To facilitate the process of early panchayat elections in the state, the SAC approved amendment proposed by department of RD&PR to exclude the sarpanch from the minimum and maximum number of panchs in a panchayat, so that no fresh exercise of delimitation of pplanchayats is required to be undertaken.

SAC also approved the transfer of State land measuring 61 Kanals 15 Marlas situated at Village Bara, Tehsil Vijaypur, district Samba, to the transport department for establishing Inspection and Certification Centre.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), Govt of India has decided to set up a model Inspection and Certification Centre on pilot basis across the country for conducting fitness tests of motor vehicles. One such centre has been decided to be established at Village Bara, Samba. The project shall be executed by the International Centre for Automotive Technology.

The MoRTH, GoI will provide Rs 14.40 crore to the State for the initiative. The establishment of this centre will enable automated fitness testing, improve the quality of vehicles on road and reduce road accidents.

In order to address the increasing power demand and to provide quality power to the residents of downtown Srinagar SAC approved transfer of a piece of land measuring 78 x 33.5 sqm at Jammu & Kashmir Industries (JKI) Residential Sarai, Nowshehra, Srinagar to the Power Development Department (PDD) for construction of a 100 MVA Grid Station.

The development of this Grid Station would fulfil a long pending demand of downtown residents of Srinagar.

News Updated at : Friday, August 3, 2018
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