Jammu, Jun 14: Union MOS in Prime Minister’s Office Dr Jitendra Singh on Thursday batted for ‘campus secretariat’ exercise in the state of Jammu and Kashmir as it has been undertaken in the North Eastern states.
“Although it is a prerogative of the state government but I feel that it is a citizen friendly approach in the government,” Dr Singh replied to a query on proposal of ‘campus secretariat’ in Jammu and Kashmir on the pattern of North Eastern States.
Darbar Move is more than 150 year old exercise in Jammu and Kashmir as in summers, the government shifts to Srinagar and in winter it functions in Jammu.
Amount worth crore from the state exchequer is being spent every year on Darbar Move exercise.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah however, had also termed the bi-annual shifting of state capital as a ‘necessary evil’, and advocated a reverse ‘darbar move’ so that the government stays with the people when they are facing hardships due to extreme weather.
“It is a healthy idea and will surely be given a due thought,” said Dr Singh and added that if it can be brought into force in the North Eastern states then whey cannot be tried in Jammu and Kashmir.
The exercise of ‘campus secretariat’ is only to provide governance to the people at their doorstep rather than forcing them to run for their works done, he said.
Meanwhile in announcement of five Government Medical Colleges to be constructed in the state, he said, “all the Government Medical Colleges should have been taken up because the first year of academics, does not require much infrastructure.”
“We have an experience of starting GMC way back in 1970 at Bakshi Nagar in Jammu,” said Dr Singh.
Pertinent to mention here that the Centre has fixed Rs 945 crore for five Government Medical Colleges to be set up in Jammu and Kashmir.
The foundation stone of two was laid last year by the Union Minister for Health and Medical Education Jagat Prakash Nadda and the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in Kathua and Doda districts.
All five Medical Colleges were allocated 100 MBBS seats each that would increase tally of the Medical seats in Jammu and Kashmir by 500 after two years.
The five new Medical Colleges of Jammu and Kashmir, would come up at Doda, Kathua and Rajouri (Jammu region), Anantnag and Baramulla (Kashmir division).
Singh also said that due cognizance would be taken by the Centre about a proposal for grant of land to Jamiat Ahle Hadees in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Due cognizance will be taken whatever comes to light. I am sure the Government has already taken cognizance of it as I am not directly dealing with it,” Singh said.
The Minister said he felt the Union Home Ministry would have taken cognizance of it, if there is any pitfall. He was replying to a question that the Mehbooba Mufti Government, BJP’s alliance partner, was in the process of granting a huge plot of land to Jamiat Ahle Hadees.