Govt sets-up State, Divisional-level Panels for general elections

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 24: The State Government today set up State and Divisional-level Committees to begin preparations for general elections, which will project all requirements including manpower, security, transport, equipments etc.
An order to this effect was issued today by the General Administration Department.
The State level Committee will be headed by Principal Secretary, Home Department as Chairman.
Members of the State-level Panel included Director General of Police, Principal Secretary to Government, Transport Department, Financial Commissioner, Revenue, Commissioner/Secretary to the Government, Revenue Department, Additional Director General of Police (CID), Divisional Commissioners of Jammu/Kashmir and any other officers as may be co-opted by the Committee.
There will be two Divisional-level Committees, the Government order said.
The Committee for Kashmir Division will be headed by the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir as its Chairman, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir as its member and any other officer, who may be co-opted by the Committee as its member.
The Divisional-level Committee for Jammu will have same composition like that of Kashmir.
It too will be headed by the Divisional Commissioner, Jammu and will have the Inspector General of Police, Jammu as a members. The Committee too can co-opt any other officer as its member.
The State-level Committee has been mandated to project requirements and options for conduct of general elections in the State on the basis of inputs from the Divisional-level Committees.
“It has been asked to make an assessment of the ground level situation taking into consideration security logistical, personnel, equipment and all other requirements,” the Government order said.
The Divisional-level Committees have been asked to conduct assessment of manpower, security, logistical transport, equipment and all other requirements.
The Divisional-level Panels will submit an outline of the possibilities and constraints to the State level Committee, the order said.
The Divisional-level Committee has been asked to submit its report to the Government by January 15 while the State level Committee will submit its report by January 31.
The general elections in the State are scheduled to be held in April-May as five year term of Lok Sabha will end on May 26, 2019.
Sources said the reports by the Committees will help the Government make preparations for the elections.