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SAC meets, takes key decisions : One-time cash relief to WPRs approved

Srinagar, Sep 26: The State Administrative Council (SAC), which met here on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Governor,  Satya Pal Malik gave its nod to the adoption and notification of the scheme for West Pakistani Refugees (WPRs), which includes mode of its execution & disbursement of financial assistance.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India in June, 2018 conveyed its approval to the proposal for providing one-time financial assistance amounting to Rs. 5.50 lakh per family to 5764 families of West Pakistan Refugees settled in J&K State.


The expenditure incurred on this scheme would be borne by Government of India. The amount of Rs. 5.50 lakh per family will be disbursed directly into their Bank Accounts based on the authentication by the State Government.

The Divisional Commissioner Jammu has been designated as Nodal Officer for the smooth implementation of the scheme after proper verification of families of West Pakistan Refugees.

The Scheme shall be executed through Deputy Commissioners (DCs), who for this purpose shall be declared as ‘Designated Authority’ in the district. There shall be a Designated Committee comprising DC as chairman and Assistant Commissioner Revenue, SDM, Tehsildar concerned and any other member(s) to be co-opted by the Committee. The WPRs shall be asked to produce requisite documents to establish their claim as West Pakistani Displaced Persons of 1947 or soon thereafter.


Nod to 177 posts of Panchayat Inspectors

Srinagar, Sep 26: In order to provide impetus to the implementation of development schemes/ programmes across the newly created 177 CD Blocks in the State, the State Administrative Council (SAC), which met here today under the chairmanship of Governor,  Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the creation of 100 posts of Panchayat Inspector, G-I and 77 posts of Panchayat Inspectors, G-II.

The much-needed initiative would make these 177 CD Blocks fully functional. Presently, in the newly created blocks, only Village Level Workers (VLWs), Multi-Purpose Workers (MPWs) and Gram Savikas are available for assistance of the Block Development Officer (BDO) and in the absence of adequate number of posts of Panchayat Inspectors, the hierarchical structure of the Rural Development Department remained highly skewed.

With the creation of these 177 posts, all CD Blocks in the state of J&K will have a Panchayat Inspector. This also increases the promotional avenues for lower staff.

As Panchayat elections in the State are going on and with the State Government intending to empower Panchayats both financially as well as administratively, availability of Panchayat Inspectors, who are the custodians of the Panchayat properties and records, attains additional significance.  In addition to this a large number of State/Centrally Sponsored Schemes are being implemented in the Blocks including MGNREGA, Prime Minister Awas Yojana (PMAY) and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBM), which further necessitates strengthening of the Rural Development institutions in terms of adequate manpower.  This is a step in that direction.