Note on the new arrangements for
the administration of the Jammu and Kashmir State.
The State Council is abolished.
The powers of the State Council will
be assumed by His Highness the Maharaja on the following conditions
That His Highness will exercise his
powers under the advice of the Resident; that he will take no step of importance,
without consulting him; and that he will follow his advice whenever it
may be offered;
That the annual budget will be prepared
and passed in consultation with the Resident, and that expenditure not
provided for therein shall only be incurred after his previous approval.
The previous sanction of the Resident shall also be 'necessary to any reappropriation
when the sum to be reappropriated from or to any single head of expenditure
amounts to or exceeds Rs.10,000 either by itself, or when added to previous
reappropriations made during the same year to or from the same head:
Chief Revenue Officer.
Chief Judicial Officer.
Chief Engineer, Public Works Department.
Engineer-in-Chief. Railway Department.
Engineer-in-Chief, Electric Engineering
Superintendent of Customs and Excise.
Director of Sericulture.
that the officials of the Kashmir administration
holding the appointments named above shall only be appointed or removed
with the concurrence of the Government of India;
that the Maharaja shall appoint a Minister
with the previous approval of the Government of India, by whom the business
of all departments shall be laid before him;
that each departmental budget estimate
shall be submitted to the Maharaja who, after consolation with the Maharaja
and the Resident as in (ii) above, shall submit it for the final sanction
and approval of His Highness;
that subject to the proceeding rules,
His Highness the Maharaja shall have power to veto or alter any orders
passed by the head of a department, and may through the Minister call for
an revise any proceedings in any department of the administration;
that all appointments and removals of
gazetted officers shall be made by order of His Highness the Maharaja on
due cause shown;
that an English translation of the proceedings
and orders of the Maharaja or the Minister in the following classes of
cases shall be forwarded fortnightly for the Resident's information:
orders modifying the annual budget for
the year as finally passed by the Maharaja;
orders involving alienation of the revenue
or remission of taxation;
orders involving the appointment or
removal of gazetted officers;
orders effecting the new Railway or
Electrical Engineering Department;
orders passed on the assessment reports
of the Settlement Department, or on their reports on Rev rue-free Holdings,
Jagirs, Muafis, Inams, & c;
orders passed on the proposals made
by the Sericulture Committee or the head of the Sericulture Department;
orders passed in regard to annual or
periodical contracts given by the State;
orders appertaining to the administration
of the frontier.
The powers of Members in charge of,
and Head of Departments and the regulation of work between the various
Departments have already been clearly defined in State Resolutions, and
no change shall be made until the necessity for such change has been established.
That the existing arrangements in Regard
to the allowances enjoyed from the State revenue by the Maharaja shall
The Minister shall have general control
of all Departments, and be the channel of communication for them between
the Residency and His Highness the Maharaja;
The appointment of Minister in charge
of the Foreign Department will be created with the proviso that the officer
selected for the post shall be acceptable to both His Highness the Maharaja
and his Prime Minister;
The rules of business already in force
end '-standing orders" for the Army shall be adhered to until any necessity
for their modification is shown, with the exception that all matters hitherto
referred to the Council shall in future be refer- Or red to the Durbar
through the Prone Minister;
No existing Resolution of the State
Council shall be cancelled or modified until final orders to that effect
have been passed by the Durbar in consultation with the Resident; and