Govt appoints Nodal Officers to monitor, supervise implementation of schemes for border residents

Directions issued for furnishing monthly progress reports

Mohinder Verma
JAMMU, Aug 7: In order to remove all the hurdles and ensure that benefits of various schemes percolate to the border residents in a time bound manner, the Government has appointed Nodal Officers at the State, Divisional and District levels with the direction to furnish monthly progress reports. Moreover, a board has been constituted for completion of recruitment process for two Border Battalions sanctioned by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs by the end of current year.
Official sources told EXCELSIOR that Raj Bhawan has received several complaints regarding delay in disbursement of relief under various schemes to the victims of cross-border firing and shortcomings in the implementation of Border Area Development Programme (BADP), a scheme of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, because of lack of coordination between the concerned agencies.
Keeping these aspects in mind and to ensure increased focus on implementation of various welfare programmes with regard to border residents, the Government has appointed Nodal Officers at State, Division and District levels.
Additional Secretary to Government, Home Department Nagendra Singh Jamwal has been nominated as State level Nodal Officer while as Assistant Commissioners (Central) with the Divisional Commissioners of Jammu and Kashmir have been nominated as Divisional level Nodal Officers.
Similarly, Assistant Commissioners (Revenue) of Kathua, Samba, Jammu, Rajouri, Poonch, Baramulla, Bandipora and Kupwara have been nominated as Nodal Officers for these districts.
These Nodal Officers will monitor, supervise and coordinate with various agencies/departments with regard to implementation of various schemes aimed for the welfare of the border residents residing between Zero to 10 kilometres of distance from the border.
“The Nodal Officers shall ensure disbursement of relief as admissible under various Government schemes payable due to cross border firing and monitor the construction of individual and community type bunkers”, read the order issued by R K Goyal, Principal Secretary to Government Home Department.
Moreover, these Nodal Officers will be responsible for ensuring strict implementation of Border Area Development Plan and handle any other matter to be assigned by the Home Department, Divisional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioner concerned from time to time.
These Nodal Officers have been asked to maintain close liaison and take steps to resolve issues arising from time to time in consultation with departments concerned.
The District level Nodal Officers will furnish a monthly report to the Divisional level Nodal Officer concerned, who would, in turn, furnish a consolidated monthly report to the State level Nodal Officer by 10th of succeeding month. Moreover, the Divisional Commissioners will periodically review the status of implementation with the assistance of the Deputy Commissioners and as necessary, project unresolved issues at the appropriate level.
“The Nodal Officers at District, Division and State levels will function under the overall supervision of Deputy Commissioner, Divisional Commissioner concerned and Principal Secretary Home respectively”, read the order.
Meanwhile, in order to fast-track recruitment for two Border Battalions for border districts of the State, a Police Recruitment Board has been constituted. The Board will make selection of eligible candidates against the post of Constables of two Battalions created vide Government Order No.855-Home dated June 29, 2018 through a Transparent Recruitment Process.
The Board has been asked to make recruitment to the posts of Constables in accordance with the procedure and the guidelines of Union Ministry of Home Affairs conveyed vide Communication No.13030/1/ 2018-K.II dated March 8, 2018.
The Board has been directed to complete the recruitment process within six months from the date of issuance of Government Order No.855-Home dated June 29, 2018, which means by the end of current year. The recruitment restrictions in these Battalions shall be limited to the posts of Constables only.
The Board will supervise the first three phases of recruitment—physical endurance test, physical measurement tests and written test and the recruitment process falling under direct quota will be approved by the Government.
IGP Armed Jammu Danesh Rana is the Chairman of the Police Recruitment Board while as DIG CKR Srinagar Vidhi Kumar Birdi, SSP CO IRP-7th Battalion Rahul Malik, SSP Crime Jammu Ramesh Kumar Jalla, SSP CID Headquarters Sheikh Junaid Mehmood, Jatinder Singh Johar, CO JKAP 8th Battalion and Assistant Director Sher-e-Kashmir Police Academy Udhampur Stenzin Nurboo are its members.