MHA mandates prior approval for J-K Home Secretary appointments

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Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India

SRINAGAR — In a significant move, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Tuesday made it mandatory for the J&K administration to send the proposal for appointment of the Union Territory’s Home Secretary to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for “prior reference”.

As per the news agency KNO, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) today amended the Transaction of Business of the Government of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir Rules, 2019, to make a prior reference to the Central Government in the Ministry of Home Affairs on the matter of the appointment of Union Territory’s Home Secretary.

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Earlier, the Jammu & Kashmir administration was only required to make a prior reference to the Central Government on the proposals for the appointment of Chief Secretary and Director General of Police.

As per earlier rules, J&K Lieutenant Governor shall make a prior reference to the Central Government in the Ministry of Home Affairs or to the appropriate Ministry with a copy to the Ministry of Home Affairs in respect of proposals affecting the relations of the Central Government with any State Government, the Supreme Court of India or any other High Court; proposals for the appointment of Chief Secretary and Director General of Police; important cases which affect or are likely to affect the peace and tranquillity of the Union Territory; and cases which affect or are likely to affect the interests of any minority community, Scheduled Castes or the Backward Classes.

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