New designation for the DDC chairman’s announced by the administration
By: Muzamil Bhat CK
After the protests by DDC members and their meeting with LG Manoj Sinha, JK government, has now amended the earlier order and have placed the DDC chairman’s at par with status of a mayor.
The DDC members were demanding for the chairman post a status equivalent to a cabinet minister and were also demanding for better perks for all of them. Governor had assured them that he would take care of all their grievances and there was no need for them to go for protests.
Meanwhile KNO in its report on the amendments to the earlier order about the status of DDC chairman has said in its report that Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday amended its warrant of precedence, placing the chairpersons of district development council equivalent to that of mayors within their respective territorial jurisdictions.
In an order, a copy of which lie with the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the government placed the DDC chairpersons equivalent to mayors at serial number 19A in the amended warrant of precedence.
“In supersession of all previous orders issued on the subject, it is hereby ordered that the Warrant of Precedence forming Annexure to this Government Order shall be observed at all ceremonial functions/occasions of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir,” the order states.
As per the order, DDC vice-chairpersons have been placed at serial number 26 and have been placed equivalent to all Administrative Secretaries, Divisional Commissioners, IGPs, voteef Conservator of Forests, Joint Secretaries to the Government of India and officers of equivalent rank and officers of the rank of Major General or equivalent rank within their respective jurisdictions
As per the order DDC members have been placed at serial number 28 and equivalent to District Magistrates, officers of the rank of Brigadiers and equivalent, major heads of department, conservator of forests and district & session Judges.
Chairpersons of Block Development Councils, Presidents of Municipal Councils and Municipalities have also been placed at serial number 28 in the warrant of precedence
“The order in this Table of Precedence is meant purely for Govt. and Ceremonial occasions. Persons in the Table of Precedence will take rank in order of the number of the articles. The entries in the same article are arranged alphabetically. Those included in the same article will take precedence inter se according to date of entry into-that article,” reads the order.
With inputs from KNO