Issuance of PACs,: Power Revision in delegation of powers approved
Srinagar, Sep 26: In order to simplify and streamline the process involved in the sanction of Power connections, the State Administrative Council (SAC), which met here on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Governor Satya Pal Malik approved revision/enhancement in the delegation of powers for issuance of Power Availability Certificate (PAC) and Power sanctions at various level.
Accordingly, Assistant Executive Engineer (E) will have the power to sanction power load connections upto 25 KW under domestic and commercial category and 25 KVA/HP under Industrial category, Executive Engineer (E) upto 50 KW under domestic and commercial category and 50 KVA/HP under Industrial category, Superintendent Engineer (E) upto 100 KW under domestic and commercial category and 100 KVA/HP under Industrial category.
Chief Engineer (E) will have the power to sanction Power load connection for all loads under domestic category and upto 500 KW under Commercial and upto 500 KVA/HP under Industrial category.
The Designated Committee headed by Development Commissioner (P) will have the power to sanction power load connection upto 1000 KW under Commercial Category and 1000 KVA/HP under Industrial Category.
Also, all the cases with load above 1000 KW in Commercial categories and 1000 HP in Industrial categories would be referred by the Designated Committee to the Government. In cases of extension of loads, the above limits would apply for the total load viz., sanctioned existing load and additional load. The above delegation would also apply to consumers like State Government, Central Government Department and other State and Central PSUs. However, no sanction would be processed for Industrial loads without valid PAC.
There had been no upward revision in the delegation of powers to sanction loads even though the financial powers of the field officers have been revised by the Government from time to time. The same had become imperative due to expansion in the consumption of power. Also, there had been a persistent demand from the Association of Industries to enhance the delegation of powers for sanctioning of power load connections at various levels for easing the process.
Mediation, conciliation procedures approved
Srinagar, Sep 26: The State Administrative Council (SAC), which met here on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik approved the draft ‘Jammu and Kashmir Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2018’.
Advisors to Governor, B B Vyas, K Vijay Kumar & Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam and Principal Secretary to Governor, Umang Narula were present at the meeting.
The Bill seeks to provide for speedy disposal of the arbitration matters and for providing mediation and conciliation in pending arbitration matters before the court.
There is no provision in the Jammu & Kashmir Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1997 for mediation or conciliation during pendency of petitions under section 9 or section 11 of the Act or during the proceedings for setting aside of award or pendency of appeal.
New sections are being inserted to refer the pending matters to mediation or conciliation with the consent of both the parties and prescribing time-limits in arbitration proceedings. This will be an alternate way of dispute resolution and will speed up the conciliation and arbitration proceedings.
LAHDC (Amendment) Bill-2018 approved
Srinagar, Sep 26: The State Administrative Council (SAC), which met here today under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik gave approval to the draft ‘Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018’.
The Bill is aimed at making Development Councils of Leh and Kargil highly empowered to exercise administrative and financial powers without any obstacles and to address the concerns, requirements and aspirations of the people living in the remote areas of Ladakh Region.
The amendments in the existing provisions of the Act gives more powers to the LAHDC to levy and collect local taxes and fee within the jurisdiction of the Council on the analogy of Local Bodies and deposit the same in the Council Fund to be operated by the Council. The amendment gives more control to the Council over the functioning of various departments in the districts and more administrative control over the staff. Besides, all such properties like public buildings, public roads etc constructed out of the Council Fund shall belong to the Council.
State Government shall allocate to the Council all funds of the districts under any Budget Head of the State, Revenue or Capex and of such Centrally Sponsored Schemes which do not involve direct and designated flow of funds to the executing agencies or beneficiaries to be deposited into the Council Fund. Moreover, allocations which remain unspent at the close of the financial year shall be carried forward as an additional resource available for the budget of the following year.
The amendments also provide for Panchayats to follow the directions of the Council and the Chief Executive Councilor to be the Chairman of all Tourism Development Authorities. The Councils will also have a Deputy Chairman for better functioning. All Government employees working in the area of the Council, in subjects transferred to the Council will be under the Administrative control of the Council including for disciplinary action.
With this amendment, LAHDC will be among the most autonomous councils in the country.