Officers of special secretary/ additional secretary being assigned task after LG’s directions; To share feedback with DIPR
In a significant development, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has directed the authorities in Jammu & Kashmir Union Territory to nominate nodal officers in each administrative department for responding to media reports pertaining to their department.
An official communique, a copy of which is in possession, the General Administration Department (GAD) has directed the administrative secretaries that the LG has desired that nodal officers are nominated in each department for responding to various media reports and for furnishing factual position in respect of such issues to the directorate of Information & Public Information (DIPR) for publication through various means of media.
“Accordingly, the undersigned is directed to request all the administrative secretaries to nominate nodal officers(not below the rank of special secretary/ additional secretary) in their departments for the purpose and share detail with the Information department and the General Administration Department,” reads the communiuqe from G.L. Sharma, deputy secretary, GAD to administrative departments.
The letter was written to administrative secretaries on March 23, 2021.
Subsequently, the departments have begun the process of appointing nodal officers for responding to media reports about functioning of their departments.
So far, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture Production and Farmers Welfare Department Industries and Commerce department, Transport department and others have nominated nodal officers for the assignment.