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Panels formed to draw roadmap, modalities for DDC polls

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Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Tuesday constituted an apex-level and two divisional committees to draw a roadmap for conducting district development council elections in the Union Territory, a spokesperson said.

According to an order by the General Administration Department (GAD), the ‘terms of reference’ of the apex panel will be to draw a roadmap and detailed schedule for conduct of the elections on the basis of inputs from the divisional committees and upon assessment of the ground-level situation.

Based on an assessment of manpower, security, logistics, transport, equipment and all other requirements, the division-level committees shall submit an outline of the possibilities and constraints to the apex-level committee, it said.

The apex-level committee shall submit its report to the administration by October 27. The committee shall be serviced by the Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj.

As per the order, the Apex Level Committee will have Principal Secretary, Home Department as the Chairman and Director General of Police J&K, Additional Director General of Police (CID) and      Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, representative of Transport Department not below the rank of Additional Secretary as members, while Secretary, Department of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj will be the Member Secretary.  The Committee may also have one co-opted member.

The Divisional Level Committee(s) for Kashmir will have Divisional Commissioner Kashmir as the Chairman, Inspector General of Police Kashmir as the Member, Director Rural Development Kashmir as the Member-Secretary and any other Member as co-opted by the Committee.

The Committee for Jammu Division will have Divisional Commissioner Jammu as the     Chairman,  Inspector General of Police Jammu as the Member, Director Rural Development Jammu as the Member-Secretary, besides any other person as co-opted by the Committee as the Member.

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