Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government has officially renamed Public Health Engineering and Irrigation and Flood Control (PHE I-FC) Department as ‘Jal Shakti Department’.
An order issued in this regard, reviewed by The Kashmir Walla, by Additional Secretary General Administration Department, Rohit Sharma, on Friday, also garv sanction to the rechristened department at Serial 27-A in the First Schedule of the J-K Government Business rules.
The Friday’s order was issued in pursuance of the Administrative Council decision of 5 February.
The development has invoked sharp criticism as well, including from former Chief Minister of J-K, Omar Abdullah.
“‘Jal Shakti Department’. Can’t improve the quality or availability of clean drinking water so let’s just waste everyone’s time by playing the name change game. Glad to see the administration taking such far reaching decisions that will greatly improve people’s lives,” he wrote on Twitter.