The administration of Jammu & Kashmir Union Territory, on Monday, amended its warrant of precedence, placing chairpersons of district development councils equalent to administrative secretaries and inspector generals of police (IGPs).
According to the Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the warrant of precedence issued by J&K’s Hospitality and Protocol department, DDC chairpersons have been placed at serial number 26 in the protocol list.
They have been placed alongside administrative secretaries, divisional commissioners, IGPs, joint secretaries to the Government of India and officers of equivalent rank, officers of the rank of Major-General or equivalent rank.
Their deputies, who figure at serial number 27 in the revised warrant of precedence, will have protocol equivalent to the vice -chancellors of universities within the state/UT.
The DDC members have been placed at the bottom in the warrant of precedence and have equivalent protocol to the block development council chairpersons, presidents of municipal councils and municipalities, district magistrates, officers of the rank of brigadier and equivalent, major head of departments and district and sessions judges. They figure at serial number 28 in the list.
The warrant of precedence of J&K UT is the protocol list (hierarchy of important positions) in which the functionaries, dignitaries and officials are listed according to their rank and office.
The government amended the warrant of precedence nearly two weeks after constitution of district development councils in all 20 districts of the UT.
According to sources, the chairpersons will get a honorarium of Rs 35000 per month while vice-chairpersons and members would respectively get Rs 25000 and Rs 15000 per month.
“The orders for the same are being issued,” sources said. (KNO)