Central panel to submit its report to MHA next month

UMER MAQBOOL. Updated: 2/17/2020 9:23:48 AM Front Page

Murmu to get report on manpower division

SRINAGAR: A high-level committee set-up by the Union Home Ministry to decide on distribution of assets and liabilities between the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh would submit its report next month to the Union Home Ministry and Lieutenant Governer of J&K UT.
The panel headed by former defence secretary Sanjay Mitra is expected to submit its recommendations in the first week of March.
“We will submit our report next month. Our six-month tenure is ending on March 8,” Arun Goyal (former IAS officer), who is member of the panel, told The News Now.
He said the committee will submit its report on all matters, except manpower, to the MHA.
“The report on manpower would be submitted to LG of J&K UT,” he said.
Nearly a month after the Parliament approved bifurcation of erstwhile State of J&K into two Union Territories, the ministry of Home Affairs constituted a three- member committee to work out distribution of assets and labilities between the successor UTs.
After assigned the task, the panel members visited J&K to seek information from different departments about their moveable and immoveable assets, liabilities, manpower and Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs).
In the past five months, the committee members also held meetings with officers of J&K and Ladakh UTs at JK House New Delhi to get feedback about different aspects encompassed in their mandate.
The panel members were also in Jammu for three days from February 10 to get feedback from departments before finalizing their recommendations.
Sources indicated that the panel is likely to recommend deputation of some staff for a certain period from J&K UT to Ladakh UT to overcome shortage of manpower there .
“The panel may also recommend that some moveable asset and heavy machinery in J&K UT should be handed over to Ladakh UT,” sources disclosed.
The panel is also expected to recommend representation in Board of Directors of Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) and financial institutions to Ladakh UT.
“The committee is likely to recommend some equity to Ladakh region in these institutions,” they said.
The panel will also give Ladakh region a share in assets of Jammu and Kashmir in other states and UTs, sources disclosed.

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