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Government fails to appoint head of J&K Water Resources Regulatory Authority since five months

Last Updated on May 28, 2022 at 1:14 pm

Jammu and Kashmir government has failed to appoint the new chairperson of Jammu and Kashmir Water Resources Regulatory Authority. As a result, J&K Water Resources Regulatory Authority is having no head since January.

It is pertinent to mention that former Chairman of Central Water Commission G S Jha was appointed Chairperson of Jammu and Kashmir Water Resources Regulatory Authority on October 22, 2020. Similarly, in the month of April 2021, the Government appointed A Paramesham, Chairman Krishna River Management Board and Kishore Chandra Naik, former Chairman, Central Ground Water Board were appointed as Members of the Authority.

In the month of January G S Jha completed his tenure but government has yet not made any steps to fill the post till now. As per reports, Jal Shakti Department needs to start the steps and take up the matter with the government for appointment of new Chairperson but concerned officials are showing lackadaisical approach towards it. Also, A Paramesham, who is still having tenure in the Authority, has decided to resign because of some personal reasons and despite being aware of this aspect no effort has been made by the Government to appoint new Member, as per Daily Excelsior.

The Administrative Council headed by Lieutenant Governor on March 30, 2021 approved the proposal of the Jal Shakti Department to create 19 posts in the J&K Water Resources Regulatory Authority. Though some Engineers were deputed by the government in the Authority yet maximum of the sanctioned posts are still vacant and shortage of manpower is creating hindrances in the working of the Authority which has been vested with the responsibility to regulate water resources within the territorial jurisdiction of the Jammu and Kashmir UT, ensuring judicious, equitable and sustainable management, allocation and utilization of these resources, fixing the rates for use of water, and all other connected matters.