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JK Cabinet approves empowerment of panchayats

india Updated: Sep 21, 2011 20:09 IST

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday approved the report of a committee on empowerment of panchayats and two Bills, including an amendment to the State Vigilance Commission Act, to be tabled in the coming session of the Legislature.

The decisions were taken at a Cabinet meeting, chaired by chief minister Omar Abdullah, an official spokesman said. The Cabinet approved the report of the committee, headed by chief secretary Madhav Lal, regarding empowerment of the panchayats, he said.

The Cabinet directed the planning and finance departments to issue necessary orders on the lines of recommendations made by the committee for operationalising functions at the three-tier panchayat-level and modalities for release of funds.

The Cabinet also cleared amendments in the Bill for State Vigilance Commission to harmonise it with the Central Vigilance Commission Act, the spokesman said adding the Bill will be introduced in the ensuing session of the state assembly for passage.

The Cabinet also cleared draft of a Bill to be introduced in the coming session for giving property rights to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir state, who live in slums under the Rajiv Awas Yojna.

In another decision, the agreement between a government committee and employees on the payment of arrears on account of the Sixth Pay Commission was also approved.

The Cabinet approved transfer of commissioner-secretary in the labour and employment Department, Farooq Ahmad Pir, as commissioner-secretary, rural development, in place of Yedullah.

Yedullah has been posted commissioner-secretary in the labour and employment department.