STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: The Central Government on Thursday constituted the State Level Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) for Jammu and Kashmir. “In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (3) of Section 3 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 (29 of 1986) and in pursuance of the notification of the Government of India, in the erstwhile Ministry of Environment and Forests, No S.O. 1533(E), dated September 14, 2006, the Central Government hereby constitutes the State Level Environment Impact Assessment Authority, Jammu and Kashmir with three members,” reads the notification issued by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India. The State Level Environment Impact Assessment Authority will be headed by Lal Chand as its Chairman while Nazir Ahmed will be its Member and Director, Ecology, Environment and Remote Sensing, Jammu and Kashmir will be its Member-Secretary. “The Chairman and members of the Authority shall hold office for a term of three years from the date of publication of this order in the Official Gazette,” the notification stated and added “The Authority shall exercise such powers and follow such procedures as specified in the aforesaid notification.” “The Authority shall base its decision on the recommendations of the State Level Expert Appraisal Committee constituted under paragraph 5 of this order. “For the purposes of assisting the Authority, Jammu and Kashmir, the Central Government, in consultation with the Government of Jammu and Kashmir, hereby constitutes the State Level Expert Appraisal Committee, Jammu and Kashmir comprising 12 members,” the notification further stated.
Subhash Chandra Sharma will be the chairman of State Level Expert Appraisal Committee while M.A Tak, Braj Bhushan Sharma, Abdul Rashid Makroo, Prof Arvind Jasrotia, Dr. Gulam Muhammad Dar, Irfan Yasin, Prof M. A. Khan, Prof Falendra Kumar Sudan, Prof Anil K. Raina and Prof Shakil Ahmad Romshoo will be its Members and Scientist, Incharge Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System Lab will be its secretary.
“The Chairman and members of the State Level Expert Appraisal Committee, Jammu and Kashmir shall hold office for a term of three years and it shall function on the principle of collective responsibility and the Chairman shall endeavour to reach a consensus in each case, and if consensus cannot be reached, the views of the majority shall prevail,” reads the notification.
“The Government of Jammu and Kashmir shall notify an agency to act as Secretariat for the Authority and the State Level Expert Appraisal Committee, Jammu and Kashmir and shall provide all financial and logistic support including accommodation, transportation and other such facilities in respect of all their statutory functions,” notification stated and added, “The sitting fee, travelling allowance and dearness allowance to the Chairman and members of the Authority and the Chairman and members of the State Level Expert Appraisal Committee, Jammu and Kashmir shall be paid in accordance with the relevant rules of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir.”
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