Vohra assumes functions of Govt, keeps Assembly under suspended animation

Sanjeev Pargal
JAMMU, June 20: Following nod from President Ram Nath Kovind to imposition of Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir from abroad, Governor NN Vohra today issued a proclamation assuming functioning of the Government of J&K and keeping the Legislative Assembly under suspended animation.
Soon after taking the charge, Vohra held high-level review of security situation and functioning of the Government in Srinagar, the summer capital of the State, and issued major instructions to the administration seeking compliance of some of them by tomorrow morning.
“I’m satisfied that a situation has arisen in which the Government of the State can’t be carried on in accordance with provisions of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir. Therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 92 of the State Constitution and of all other powers enabling me in that behalf and with the concurrence of President of India, I assumed all functions of the Government and all powers vested in or exercisable by anybody or authority (other than the powers vested in or exercisable by the High Court) in the State,” a Proclamation issued by Vohra, said.

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It added that the Legislative Assembly of the State will remain under suspended animation till such time as this Proclamation is revoked or varied in this regard by a subsequent Proclamation.
“In the exercise of the powers of the Legislature to make laws under or by virtue of this Proclamation, I will prepare such Bills as I may deem necessary,” the Governor said.
On finances, the Government will have powers to sanction grants in advance in respect of estimated expenditure or grants in respect of supplementary or additional expenditure till the Proclamation is in force, approve grants for meeting any expected demands and exceptional grants which don’t form part of the current service of the financial year.
Soon after assuming powers, the Governor held high-level meeting with top officers of civil and police administration to review security situation and developmental works in the State.
Vohra was reported to have directed the administration to ensure prompt, efficient and accountable functioning and speedy delivery of public services.
He sought report from the Administrative Secretaries on seven issues by 11 am tomorrow.
The issues included finalization of Recruitment Rules, updation of seniority lists in a time bound manner, compassionate appointment cases under SRO-43 of 1994, regularization cases of casual/seasonal workers in terms of SRO-520 of 2017, any order issued by the Departments on 19/6/2018 i.e. the day Mehbooba Mufti resigned as the Chief Minister after withdrawal of support by the BJP, details of APRs pending with Reviewing/Accepting Authority and list of officers/officials, who haven’t filed Annual Property Statement.
Vohra directed that no officer/Head of Department will leave the station without seeking prior permission from the competent authority.
At security review meeting, the Governor called for constant surveillance of the ground situation and directed that immediate action must be taken on reports received from any quarters regarding any problem arising from security management. He directed Chief Secretary BB Vyas to closely monitor and ensure prompt redressal of all difficulties and grievances related to the needs of people and, besides, see that there is no delay in the implementation of welfare measures and development works on the ground.
Vohra stressed the need of cohesive action being taken to enforce constant vigil on the IB and LoC, effectively maintaining internal security and ensuring the safety of protected persons, sensitive establishments and installations. In this context, he asked representatives of all the security forces and agencies to identify all existing gaps and ensure coordinated action on the ground for providing prompt and strong counter terror responses on all fronts.
Referring to a recent incident, the Governor stressed the need of prompt action being taken to ensure the safety and security of the people at large by making fullest possible use of all available technologies.
The meeting also reviewed important security related issues with regard to Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra which is scheduled to commence on June 28 and identified certain issues which shall be dealt with on most urgent basis.
The meeting was attended by Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh, Northern Army Commander, BB Vyas, Chief Secretary Dr SP Vaid, Director General of Police, Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to Governor and RK Goyal, Home Secretary among others.
The Governor also held a meeting with all the Administrative Secretaries and the senior most police and Forest Service officers during his first visit to the Civil Secretariat after the imposition of Governor’s rule in the State earlier today.
The Governor directed Administrative Secretaries and DGP to ensure that all Government functionaries attend office punctually and their presence is daily monitored through the Bio-metric attendance system; Administrative Secretaries shall personally review and ensure prompt and efficient delivery of various public services to the people of the State; complaints regarding delays, irregularities and corruption must be dealt with most sternly and those responsible should be proceeded against without any fear or favour.
The Governor asked the Administrative Secretaries to send him reports regarding the up-to-date progress of Prime Minister’s Development Programmes-2015; causes of delay in the enactment of State legislation on the analogy of the Central Disability Act 2016; reasons of failure to implement the required measures for the conservation and cleanliness of the Dal lake; implementation status of all flagship Central Schemes; status of construction of bunkers in villages located along the IB and LoC; timely payment of relief to the victims of border firing at IB/LoC; status of preparations for holding Panchayat and Municipal elections; position regarding stocking and supply of food and other essential commodities by Food and Civil Supplies Depart-ment; to-date status regarding the writing of Annual Perf-ormance Reports and filing of Annual Property Returns by State Government officers; implementation status of LED Bulbs distribution all over the State for securing economy in the use of electricity; to-date position regarding compassionate appointment cases under SRO-43; implementation status of the Non-Functional (Monetary) Scheme (NFS) for KAS officers; action taken with regard to the payment of salaries and issues faced by the SSA teachers and other issues.
The Governor asked Chief Secretary to have prepared by tomorrow the department wise lists of all pending cases and forward the same to him with his remarks regarding the reasons for delay. He asked the Chief Secretary to ensure that every important matter was timely disposed of and all cases which required higher level approvals should be sent to the Governor.
Vohra directed the Administrative Secretaries to ensure the timely utilization of all available resources, particularly the funds available under the State Plan and the various Centrally Sponsored Schemes.
Meanwhile, Northern Command chief Lt Gen Ranbir Singh met the Governor and briefed him on security situation.