DRSC reviews functioning of Estates Deptt


100 kanals acquired at Sidhra for constructing residential qtrs

Pampore residential quarters to be handed over shortly

SRINAGAR: Department Related Standing Committee (DRSC) of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council held a meeting under the chairmanship of MLC Mr. Sajad Ahmad Kichloo to review the functioning of Estates Department.

Members of the Committee, MLC Mr. Showkat Hussain Ganai, Mr. Javid Ahmad Mirchal, Mr. Sham Lal Bhagat and Mr.Jugal Kishore attended the meeting and gave their valuable suggestions for further improving its functioning.

Principal Secretary, Estates Department Mr. B. B. Vyas gave detailed presentation about the planning, expenditure, procurement procedure, accommodation for legislators, VIPs, officers etc criteria for providing allotment and categorization of political leaders/legislators.

It was informed in the meeting that the department is providing accommodation to about 4000 move employees at Jammu. It was also informed that 105 media persons in the state have been provided accommodation in twin capital cities.

Dwelling on future plan of the department, Mr. Vyas said that the department has acquired 100 kanal land at Sidhra Jammu for construction of residential quarters for move employees. It was also informed that in Pampore, 400 residential quarters are being constructed out of which 48 quarters are ready for occupancy.

The Principal Secretary further said that the government has a plan to demolish the old residential quarters of Estates Department in Jawahar Nagar, Srinagar with the aim to construct multi-storey residential quarters.

It was further informed that the department is framing a new policy for allotment of residential quarters. The new guideline for procurement is also under the consideration of the government.

Later, Chairman of the Committee Mr. Sajad Ahmad Kichloo also visited the Legislative Council Secretariat Hall and instructed the concerned officers to renovate the Council Hall before start of the ensuing Legislature Session.

Among others, Director Estates Department Dr. G. N. Itoo, Deputy Director Estates, Srinagar Mr. Waseem Raja, Deputy Director Estates Jammu Mr. Satish Sharma, Managing Director and General Manager of SICOP, Xen of Estates department Srinagar and Jammu besides Secretary Legislative Council and other senior officers of the Council Secretariat were present in the meeting.