IN AN try and placate members of the newly elected District Development Councils (DDCs), the J&Okay administration has as soon as once more amended the Warrant of Precedence, putting DDC Chairpersons on a par with Mayors of Srinagar and Jammu cities and forward of MPs and the Chief Secretary.
A month after the Chairpersons of the DDCs protested in opposition to the Warrant of Precedence that positioned them on the similar degree as administrative secretaries however beneath the Mayors of Srinagar and Jammu, the federal government issued a recent Warrant of Precedence to fulfill their demand. “In supersession of all previous orders issued on the subject, it is hereby ordered that the ‘Warrant of Precedence’ forming Annexure A to this Government Order shall be observed for all ceremonial functions/occasions of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir,” reads the order issued by the Hospitality and Protocol division.
While the DDC Deputy Chairpersons have been placed on a par with Inspectors General of Police and Divisional Commissioners, the Chairpersons of the Block Development Council and the Presidents of Municipal Councils and Committees have been placed on par with the Deputy Commissioners.
“We are satisfied with the protocol given to the Chairpersons and Deputy Chairpersons of the DDCs but the protocol given to the DDC members should have been better,” Nazir Ahmad Khan, Chairperson of Budgam DDC, advised The Indian Express. “Our first priority is the security and the accommodation of the members but the government is silent on that.”
Ironically, the federal government has put the DDC Chairpersons two steps forward of the MPs within the amended Warrant of Precedence. The DDC Chairpersons had demanded a change within the construction of the District Planning Committee (DPC), which is headed by the MPs, with the previous as member. The DDC Chairpersons wish to head the DPC as nicely.