J&K Admin Council approves 5 Spl Courts for trials under NDPS Act

Jammu, Headed by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Council on Wednesday approved creation of five Special Courts along with posts for trial of offences under NDPS Act along with supporting staff and infrastructure, one each in districts of Anantnag, Baramulla, Jammu, Pulwama and Srinagar in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor; Atal Dulloo, Chief Secretary; Mandeep Kumar Bhandari, Principal Secretary to Lieutenant Governor attended the meeting.
This has been done in compliance to the orders of High Court in case titled Thana Singh vs Central Bureau of Narcotics and High Court J&K in case titled Arshad Ahmad Allaie Vs UT of J&K.
A resolution of Committee of Judges of J&K High Court have recommended that Special Courts must be created at-least in those districts where pendency of NDPS cases is more than 500 which has also been approved by the Chief Justice. The step will have annual financial implications of Rs.4.65 Cr for the UT.
In a separate decision, the Administrative Council accorded approval to 50 percent hike in honorarium in favour of 2417 Rehbar-e-Khel(s) (ReK) physical education teachers of Youth Services and Sports Department.
Earlier a High Powered Committee under Chief Secretary constituted for the purpose in the year 2021 have recommended hike in honorarium at 50% in favour of these Rehbar-e-Khel teachers.
The enhancement of honorarium in favour of ReKs will encourage them for further promotion and popularization of sports activities in the schools of UT of J&K.
However, the Administrative Council also approved filling up of left over vacancies in paramedical institutions after centralized counseling by Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE) is over.
The Administrative Council approved filling up of left over seats for admission to M.Sc/ B.Sc Nursing, Post Basic B.Sc Nursing, B. Pharmacy Course and various Paramedical Courses in the Government run institutions and Private Institutions in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir by the Institution itself, on merit basis strictly as per the eligibility criteria and Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) framed by the Government, after centralised counseling by the Jammu and Kashmir Board of Professional Entrance Examinations is over.
This has been necessitated because of the fact that majority of such seats in the Private as well as Government Nursing and Paramedical Institutions remain unfilled and a representation in this regard was submitted by the promoters of the institutions.
By virtue of SAC decision dated 30-7-2019, Health and Medical Education Department issued SRO-505 of 2019 dated 20-8-2019 vide which admission to Nursing and Paramedical courses offered by Government/ Private Institutions/ Universities were to be made by J&K BOPEE on merit basis. Subsequently vide SRO-640 of 2019 dated 24-10-2019, the notification SRO-505 of 2019 dated 20-8-2019 was to take effect from academic session 2020-21.
Admissions were made by J&K, BOPEE but majority of seats in Government/Private Institutions remain unfilled.
The case was examined and the model in State of Punjab was also studied. Thereafter the Health and Medical Education Department took a decision to frame SoPs in consultation with Registrar, J&K, Paramedical Council.
In consultation with GAD and J&K BOPEE, H&ME Department submitted the instant proposal for the approval of Administrative Council.