Hill Councils Of Ladakh Seek More Administrative Control Over Officers

Hill Councils Of Ladakh Seek More Administrative Control Over Officers

11 July 2013
The Daily Excelsior
Mohinder Verma

Jammu: In a significant development, the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Councils of Leh and Kargil have jointly sought more administrative control over the officers posted in the respective districts and Ministerial powers for the Chief Executive Councilors and Executive Councilors by carrying out necessary amendments in the LAHDC Act. The consensus between Hill Councils of Leh and Kargil in this regard was arrived at in the latest round of discussion held at Kargil few days back. The high-level meeting was attended by Chief Executive Councilor of LAHDC Leh, Rigzin Spalbar, his Kargil counterpart, Kachu Ahmed Ali Khan, Member Parliament, Ghulam Hassan Khan, MLC Narboo Gyalsan and some Executive Councilors of both the Councils. “In the meeting, it was unanimously felt that unless both the Councils make collective efforts the issues pending with the Government regarding empowerment cannot be taken to the logical conclusion”, official sources told EXCELSIOR. It was also observed that though on the directions of the Chief Minister, some issues were redressed at the administrative level yet several vital issues remain unresolved for which necessary directions are required to be issued from such a forum, which has complete representation from the Ladakh region. Accordingly, the Hill Councils have urged the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah to immediately convene meeting of Ladakh Affairs Minister, all MLAs, MLCs, MP from the region and all concerned in order to strengthen and empower these autonomous bodies. “Both the Hill Councils are in the favour of conferring powers of the Ministers to the Chief Executive Councilors and Executive Councilors for their respective departments”, sources privy to the decisions taken in the joint meeting said, adding “the Hill Councils have unanimously decided to press the Government for giving powers to the CECs for imposing penalties on the erring officers after formal departmental inquiry”. They further said, “there is also a collective demand for giving sufficient powers to the CECs and ECs to either review or accept the Annual Performance Report of the district officers”, adding “for other block level officers, the Hill Councils are demanding vesting of powers in CECs and ECs to accept ACRs”. Seeking bifurcation of the powers of the Deputy Commissioners-Chief Executive Officers of the Hill Councils by way of separating the powers of District Magistrate-Collector, the Hill Councils have decided to urge the Government to confer powers of Commissioner Secretary to Secretary-CEO in order to take decisions in respect of LAHDCs. “The Hill Councils have also decided to seek 5 Sections comprising of one Section Officer, two Senior Assistant and two Junior Assistants to be under the control of Executive Councilor Incharge of the Department. Similarly, they are going to demand 5 Under-Deputy Secretary level officers above the Section Officers”, sources added. It has unanimously been decided by the Hill Councils that their consent should be taken before posting of Deputy Commissioner, Superintendent of Police, Superintending Engineer, PWD in Leh and Kargil besides they must have role to play in the posting of the officers other than District Officers, sources said. “The Hill Councils have already submitted a joint memorandum to the Chief Minister seeking pension to Chairman-CEC and the Executive Councilors on the pattern of Legislators. Moreover, there is also a common demand that nominated councilors should not be given voting rights for electing or removal of the Chairman-CEC”, sources informed. The other demands, which were unanimously agreed to in the joint meeting, are grant of Divisional Status to Ladakh and creation of police range, immediate functioning of recently created Sub-Transmission Division of the Power Development Department, enhancement of Plan Allocation and filling up of posts of private secretary to CECs.