Jammu,19 July:To reduce delays in decision-making, Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra has delegated powers to the Chief Secretary and his subordinates in various departments for speedy action on urgent matters.
The decision to decentralise administrative and financial powers was taken during the first meeting of administrative secretaries on 11th July.
The Chief Secretary has been empowered to accord administrative approval to all works and projects costing between Rs five crore and Rs 20 crore with the concurrence of planning and finance departments, an official spokesman said.
He is also authorised to give postings and transfers to officers up to the level of Kashmir Administrative Service officers and equivalent.He is empowered to sanction all kinds of leaves and send officers in the rank of secretaries and above or equivalent for deputation and trainings outside the state but within the country.
Besides the power to approve formulation of departmental recruitment rules (gazetted and non-gazetted), the Chief Secretary can also give relaxation in age, qualification and medical attendance cum allowance rules.
The Chief Secretary has been empowered to accept or reject resignations and voluntary retirement of government employees.He can also impose minor punishments to those guilty in accordance.
Administrative secretaries in different departments have been empowered to accord administrative approval to individual works costing up to Rs five crore.They have also been authorised to release funds as allowed by the finance and planning and development departments.
Administrative secretaries are also authorised to transfer officers in gazetted service carrying pay scale of that of an under secretary or assistant executive engineer. Courtsey DD NEWS