Srinagar: The administration of Jammu and Kashmir has constituted a high-level panel to make recommendations for renaming schools, colleges and roads after “martyrs and eminent personalities”.
The general administration department (GAD) constituted a committee for making recommendations on the representation and proposals for installation of statues/memorial plaques, naming of roads and buildings and matters connected therewith.
The panel would be headed by the administrative secretary Home and comprise senior bureaucrats of JK administration.
According to the order, administrative secretary, department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, administrative secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department, special director general of police, Criminal Investigation Department, Administrative Secretary, General Administration Department, administrative secretary, Culture department and divisional commissioner(s) would be members of the committee.
The committee has been empowered to co-opt ad-hoc members for any particular proposal and shall be serviced by the general administration department.
It will submit its recommendations to the administration for final decision by the Administrative Council. The administrative council comprises of LG and his advisors and its powers are also similar to the cabinet.
It is worthwhile to mention that JK’s chief secretary Arun Kumar Mehta had directed officials in the last week of July to identify 75 roads and schools which could be renamed after civilians as a mark of respect and appreciation for their distinguished contributions to public welfare.