Post of chairman in key commissions lying vacant
Jammu, April 7: Five out of six commissions set up by the Jammu and Kashmir government are "headless" as the post of chairman in these commissions is lying vacant, while all positions were vacant in four of these commissions.
In a written reply to a question by Sat Paul Sharma in the Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed said, "All positions in the Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission, Jammu and Kashmir Accountability Commission, Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission, Jammu and Kashmir State Commission for Women, including that of the chairman are vacant."
He said that in Jammu and Kashmir state commission for Backward Classes, established under the J&K state Commission for Backward Classes Act 1997, the position of chairman was vacant.
In Jammu and Kashmir state electricity regulatory commission, out of the total sanctioned strength of three members including the chairman, the position of two members was vacant.
"The government is committed to reviving all these institutions and provide them with adequate administrative support and manpower for achieving the desired results as per the constitution acts under which these commissions are constituted," he said.
He said that the Jammu and Kashmir state accountability commission has received complaints against eight politicians, where as the State Vigilance Commission received 2,327 complaints against bureaucrats and government employees out of which 1,404 complaints were disposed off and 923 were pending.
On a question whether the government intends to provide adequate staff to the Jammu and Kashmir Accountability Commission and State Vigilance Commission to ensure smooth functioning of these commissions, the chief minister said, "The government has already provided adequate manpower to the State Vigilance Commission by providing 71 posts of different categories".
He said that the government will also appoint chairmen and members of the Jammu and Kashmir State Accountability Commission shortly.