June 2018 News

Vohra Takes Charge After Imposition Of Governor's Rule

20 June 2018
Rising Kashmir

Srinagar: Governor Narinder Nath Vohra Wednesday took charge of the State after the President accorded consent for imposition of Governor's rule in Jammu Kashmir after the fall of PDP-BJP coalition government in the State following withdrawal of support by the rightwing party. President Ram Nath Kovind approved imposition of Governor's rule in the State with immediate effect. This followed the report sent by State Governor N N Vohra to him last night after fall of government in the State. It is for the fourth time that J and K was placed under Central rule in the last one decade-all under the tenure of Vohra, who was made the Governor in June 2008. This is the eighth time in the last four decades that the state was kept under Governor's rule. Immediately after receiving President of India's approval, Governor N N Vohra issued the proclamation to impose Governor's Rule in the state under section 92 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir today. Vohra also placed the legislative assembly in suspended animation till the proclamation of Governor's rule is revoked or varied by a subsequent proclamation, according to a gazette notification. The six-year term of the current Assembly ends in March, 2021. Vohra said a situation has arisen in which the government of the state cannot be carried on in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir. 'Now, therefore, in exercise of powers conferred by Section 92 of the state Constitution and of all other powers enabling me in that behalf, and with concurrence of President of India, I hereby proclaim that I assume to myself all the functions of government of the state 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,' the proclamation read. After taking charge of the State, Vohra held series of meetings with civil and security officials in civil secretary to review pace of developmental works and security scenario of the State. Vohra held a meeting with all the Administrative Secretaries and the senior most police and forest service officers at Civil Secretariat here. It was Governor's first visit to the Civil Secretariat after the imposition of Governor's Rule in the State earlier today. Vohra directed Administrative Secretaries and DGP to ensure that all Government functionaries attended 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. He 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 Department; to-date status regarding the writing of Annual Performance 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. Governor asked Chief Secretary to prepare by tomorrow department wise lists of all pending cases and forward the same to him with his remarks regarding the reasons for delay. He asked 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. Governor expressed concern and directed 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.