Srinagar: The Jammu & Kashmir Finance department Thursday issued formal orders for the apportionment of assets, rights, liabilities and posts of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir between the union territories of J&K and Ladakh, respectively.
As per the order a copy the apportionment has been made as per the figures that stood on 31 October 2019 and as per the recommendations of the advisory committee on the apportionment of assets & liabilities of erstwhile Jammu & Kashmir.
In the companies/ corporations and entities pertaining to the domain of the Finance Department, 20 per cent of the equity and 20 per cent of the loans extended by the erstwhile government of Jammu and Kashmir have been notionally/ temporarily transferred to the Union Territory of Ladakh.
The order states that immoveable assets of the Jammu and Kashmir State Financial Corporation and Jammu and Kashmir Grameen Bank Limited, located in Ladakh, shall be transferred to an entity as and when it is set up by Ladakh administration as appropriate.
“Further, the employees of the two corporations posted in Ladakh or otherwise shall be given the option to work in Ladakh or in any entity to be set up by Ladakh administration. Based on such option their services will be placed at the disposal of Ladakh or any entity designated by it,” the order states.
It further states that these companies shall continue their operations for both UT’s till and if transferred to a designated entity in Ladakh.
“The Ladakh administration will have one representative on the Board of Directors of J&K Grameen Bank. The exercise for seeking options and transferring staff of the Grameen Bank to Ladakh or to its designated entity shall be completed by the next Board meeting,” it states.
As per the order, the Jammu & Kashmir State Financial Corporation (JKSFC) has been renamed as The Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh Finance Corporation under the provisions of section 3A of SFC Act, 1951.
“20 per cent of the equity and 20 per cent of the loan extended by the erstwhile government of J&K to the J&K State Finance Corporation is apportioned in favour of UT of Ladakh. This Joint Corporation will have one Director from Ladakh in its Board of Directors,” the order states.
As per the order, the Jammu and Kashmir Bank Ltd will continue its operations as is going in both the UTs and J&K will continue to have a majority shareholding in the Bank.
“51 per cent of the shareholding in the Bank will remain with J&K. The remaining 8.23 per cent shareholding in the Bank (approximately 13.89 per cent as on 31.10.2019 of the existing shareholding of the erstwhile State of Jammu & Kashmir), is transferred to Ladakh,” the order states.
It further states that one post of Director on the Board of the J&K Bank is earmarked for Ladakh. “A reasonable proportion of employees of the Bank will be recruited from Ladakh, details of which shall be worked out by the Bank.”
The order states that the apportionment of the immovable and moveable assets located inside the erstwhile State of Jammu & Kashmir is also made as per the provisions of the SO 339.
“All immovable assets belonging to the erstwhile government of J&K, excluding those belonging to Corporations/ Boards/ Other entities, except where explicitly provided for, stand apportioned to J&K and Ladakh respectively on an ‘as is where is’ basis,” the order states.
It states that all moveable assets belonging to the erstwhile government of J&K, excluding those belonging to Corporations/ Boards/ Other entities, which are location specific such as office equipment, laboratory equipment, office supplies, records, etc, except where it is explicitly provided for, stand assigned on an ‘as is where is’ basis.
The apportionment of movable assets will be made based on their locations in both the UTs.
The order further states that all unpaid liabilities/ bills shall be discharged, after due process and scrutiny by the respective UTs, where the works and projects were executed or expenditure incurred.
“Investments in capital works/ projects indicated in the statement of Financial Assets under ‘Other Capital Expenditure’, amounting to Rs. 1956 crores stand transferred to Ladakh,” the order states.
It states that the funds and pension liabilities stand apportioned as required, following the actual allocation of employees between J&K and Ladakh.
“Financial liabilities of Rs. 2504.46 crores stand transferred to Ladakh at 2 per cent of the total liabilities. The Book value of capital assets of the erstwhile state of J&K are hereby transferred on a notional basis to Ladakh on the principle of ‘as is where is’ basis,” the order states