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Governor reviews security ahead of Panchayat polls

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Reallocates departments to Advisors

Jammu: Ahead of Panchayat polls, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik Friday reviewed the law and order situation throughout the state and stressed on the need for heightened vigilance.

In a meeting here, Malik took a detailed review of the security management, an official communiqué said.

The governor obtained the sector-wise assessments of the prevailing security situation and arising challenges and emphasised on the importance of maintaining a sustained close watch on the ground situation while appreciating the sustained real-time coordination and synergy between security forces and the civil administration, said the communiqué.

Malik appreciated the manner in which the security forces and the civil administration of Kishtwar district handled the law and order situation in the region post the killing of a senior BJP leader and his brother.

The meeting was attended by Vijay Kumar, Advisor to Governor; Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh, Northern Army Commander; B.V.R. Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Dilbagh Singh,  Director General of Police; Lt. Gen. Paramjit Singh GOC 16 Corps;  Lt. Gen. YVK Mohan, GoC 9 Corps; Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to Governor; VSK Kaumudi, Spl DG CRPF;  B Srinivas ADGP CID; Muneer Khan, ADGP, Security and Law and Order; Kamal N. Choubay, ADG CRPF; Ram Awtar, IG BSF; Maj. Gen. Rajiv Nanda, GoC Delta Force; Sanjeev Verma, Div. Commissioner Jammu, S.D.S Jamwal, IGP, Jammu and officers of State and Central Intelligence Agencies.

Governor reviewed law and order situation throughout the State and stressed the need of a heightened vigil and ensuring the safety of protected persons and the security of all important establishments and installations.

The meeting discussed security arrangements made for the smooth conduct of the forthcoming elections to the Panchayats and the need of a safe environment for the elections. Governor lauded the role of civil administration and the security forces in the incident free conduct of polls to the Urban Local Bodies.

Meanwhile, the Governor today reallocated the Departments to Advisors B B Vyas, K Vijay Kumar, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai and Kewal Krishan Sharma.

As per a notification issued by the General Administration Department (GAD) here this evening, the Planning, Development & Monitoring, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Ladakh Affairs, Election, Disaster Management, Relief Rehabilitation & Reconstruction, Revenue, Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Tribal Affairs, ARI & Trainings, Agriculture Production and Horticulture have been allocated to Advisor B B Vyas.

The Departments of Home, Forests, Ecology & Environment, Health & Medical Education, Youth, Services & Sports, Hospitality & Protocol, Civil Aviation, Estates, Information, Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs Departments have been allocated to the Advisor K Vijay Kumar

Whereas, School Education, Higher Education, Transport, Haj & Auqaf, Technical Education, Floriculture, Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Cooperatives, Tourism, Culture, Social Welfare Labour & Employment have been allotted to Advisor Khurshid Ahmad Ganai.

The Departments of Public Works (R&B), PHE & IFC, PDD, Finance, Housing & Urban Development, Information Technology, Industries & Commerce and Science & Technology have been allocated to Advisor Sharma.

However, as per the order, the papers related to GAD shall be submitted by Chief Secretary directly to the Governor.

“In pursuance of Section-2 of the Jammu and Kashmir Delegation of Powers Act, 2018 (Governor’s Act No. 1 of 2018), and in partial modification of SRO-282 dated 23 June 2018, and read with Notification SRO-293 dated 2nd July 2018, the Governor is pleased to direct that the powers exercisable by a Minister shall be exercised by the Advisors to the Governor in respect of the Departments allocated to them,” the order said.

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