Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra has accorded assent to three bills, including one on appointment of Law officers.

The Jammu and Kashmir Law Officers Appointment and Conditions of Service Rules bill mandates that for the appointment of an Additional Advocate General, a person must have at least 10 years of practice as an advocate and at least eight reported judgements to his credit in which he has contributed to the growth of law. He should also be an income tax payee.

For appointment of a Deputy Advocate General a person must have at least eight years of practice as an advocate and at least five reported judgements to his credit in which he has contributed to the growth of law, and an income tax payee.

For appointment of an Advocate-on-Record in Supreme Court a person must have at least seven years of practice as an Advocate in the apex court out of which three years should be as an Advocate-on-Record, and must an income tax payee.

For appointment as Government Advocate, Standing Counsel, a person must have at least five years of practice as an advocate.

It may be mentioned that in absence of any Rules governing the appointment and conditions of service of these Law Officers, all appointments on these positions in the past were being done on ad hoc basis.

Vohra also accorded assent to the Jammu and Kashmir Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

The amendments to this Act have enabled usage of Electronic Voting Machines for conducting elections to the Urban Local Bodies.

It is relevant to mention here that the State Administrative Council, in its meeting held on March 11 had approved the Housing and Urban Development Department’s proposal regarding the amendment of this Act.

The Governor has also accorded assent to the Jammu and Kashmir State Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple disabilities Bill, 2016.

This Act aims to empowering persons with such disabilities; extending support to registered organisations to provide need based services to families such persons;promoting measures for their care and protection, and realisation of equal opportunities and protection of their rights 

Besides empowering persons with such disabilities to live independently, this Act will enable the state government to ensure timely interventions and mediations for mitigating their genuine problems.