J&K: Srinagar And Jammu Mayors Get ‘Minister Of State’ Status
A security personnel stands guard near a blocked road during restrictions following the abrogation of the provisions of Article 370, in Srinagar. (Source: PTI)

J&K: Srinagar And Jammu Mayors Get ‘Minister Of State’ Status

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The mayors of Srinagar and Jammu municipal corporations have been granted status equivalent to that of a minister of state, according to an official order.

The order, issued by Additional Secretary Subash Chhibber on Tuesday, stated that the hospitality and protocol department shall make necessary insertion in the Jammu & Kashmir State Warrant of Precedence with the approval of the competent authority.

"Sanction is hereby accorded to the grant of status equivalent to Minister of State to the Mayors of Srinagar Municipal Corporation and Jammu Municipal Corporation within their territorial jurisdiction," the order said.

The elections for the municipal corporations were held in four phases in October last year after a gap of 13 years.

People's Conference leader Junaid Maattu and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Chander Mohan Gupta are the mayors of Srinagar Municipal Corporation and Jammu Municipal Corporation, respectively.

On Aug. 5, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance scrapped Article 370 that granted administrative autonomy to Jammu & Kashmir. It also passed the J&K Reorganisation Bill, 2019, to bifurcate the state in two union terrotories of J&K and Ladakh.

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