J&K Cabinet met 137 times in 5 yrs

Some decisions include holding panchayat polls, youth schemes

In the past five years since Omar Abdullah took over as Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir on January 5, 2009, the state Cabinet has held 137 meetings in which it made 1,147 decision related to various official matters.

An official spokesperson on Monday said some of the decisions taken by the state Cabinet in the last five years were to empower people, bring transparency and upgrade the delivery of public services include the approval to holding of panchayat elections, and launch of Sher-i-Kashmir Employment and Welfare Programme for Youth.

The decision also included appointment of the state chief information commissioner and state information commissioners, approval to Sixth Pay Recommendations in favour of state government employees, exploitation of Geo-Thermal Energy in Ladakh, construction of two-room housing complex for Kashmiri Pandits at Jagti, scheme for empowerment of women, J&K Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Bill 2010, J&K Heritage Conservation Bill 2010 and Amendments to J&K Tourist Trade Act 1978.

“The Cabinet also approved development of Retli Power Project and enhancement of its generation capacity from 690 mw to 850 mw, 450 mw Baglihar Hydro Electric Project-II, unbundling of HT/LT system in Power Development Department, Policy for development of solar power. The Cabinet also approved historic J&K Public Services Guarantee Act (PSGA),” he said.

For proper implementation of the PSGA, the chief minister, has constituted a top level monitoring cell in the general administration department and is regularly monitoring the status of implementation and benefits of the Act which is unique of its kind in the state.

“The state Cabinet also approved creation of special court for trial and disposal of cases investigated by CBI in the state. It also approved J&K State Hydro Electro Project Development Policy 2011. It also approved J&K Hindu Marriage Rules 2012 and the J&K Marriage Laws Amendment Bill 2012,” the spokesman said.

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