PROCEEDINGS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF KARNATAKA

 

Sub: - Reconstitution of Board of Chief Engineers- regarding.

Read: -i) Government Order No.PWD 203 SPG 71, dated.30.5.74;

           ii) Government Order No.PWD 115 SPG 75, dated 3.4.75;
          iii) Government Order No.PWD 185 SPG 76, dated.17.5.77;
          iv) Government Order No.PWD 709 SPG 76, dated.17.3.78.

           v) Correspondences ending with letter No.BCES/60/81-82,                        

                         Dated 27.1.81 of the Secretary, Board of Chief Engineers. 
          vi) Government Order No.PWD 152 SPG 81, dated 27.11.81.
         vii) Government Order No.PWD 167 SPP 86, dated 5.7.89.

Preamble: -

            The Board of Chief Engineers was constituted by the Public Works and Electricity Secretariat as per Government Order dated 30.5.1974 read at (1).  The Government Orders have been amended from the time to vide the Government Orders read (ii) to (vi) and the Board of Chief Engineers has been reconstituted, considering the changes taking place.

2.         The Additional Secretary to Government, Public Works and Electricity Department (Irrigation) was made the Chairman and the other Chief Engineers, Director, KERS, Director, Technical Education, Special Officer, PWD Finance Cell and Joint Secretary to Government, Planning Department were made Members of the Board of Chief Engineers.    

3.         The Board of Chief Engineers presided over by the Additional Secretary to Government, Public Works and Electricity Department (Irrigation) deliberated on various important matters both administrative and technical connected with the developmental works/ procedures etc. and made recommendations to the Government for consideration and implementation by issue of Government Orders where-ever feasible.  The necessary Government Orders have been issued only by the Public Works and Electricity Department with the approval of the Secretary, Public Works and Electricity Department. 

4.         Later on, Secretariat work pertaining to Electricity Department i.e., Karnataka |Electricity Board and Karnataka Power Corporation was transferred to the Department of Energy and Science & Technology.  The Additional Secretary to Government, Public Works and Electricity Department (Irrigation) was re-designated as Secretary-II, Public Works Department (Irrigation) and Secretary to Government, Public Works & Electricity was designated as Secretary -I, Public Works Department. The Command Area Development was also added onto both the Secretaries.  Thereafter Secretary-I, Public Works Department was designated as Secretary-I, Public Works & CAD and Secretary-II (Irrigation) was designated as Secretary-II, Public Works & CAD (Irrigation). The Secretary-II, Public Works & CAD (Irrigation) continued to Chair the Board of Chief Engineers meetings and was required to forward recommendations of Board of Chief Engineers to Secretary-I, Public Works & CAD for consideration and issue of necessary Government Orders where ever feasible.  All important files concerning administration and policy matters were submitted by the Secretary-II, Public Works & CAD to Secretary-I, Public Works & CAD and Government Orders were issued with the approval of the Secretary-I, Public Works & CAD Department.

5.      When the Board of Chief Engineers was constituted and reconstituted by various Government Orders, the Special Secretary to Government, Public Works and Elecy.  Department (Irrigation) and later on Secretary-II, Public Works and CAD (Irrigation) were functioning as Chairman of the Board of Chief Engineers and used to send the recommendations of Board of Chief Engineers to Secretary-I, Public Works & CAD for consideration and issue of Government Order where-ever feasible.  AS he was from PWD and as he was not issuing any Government Oders directly his presence as Chairman of the Board of Chief Engineers, did not amount to any commitment on the part of the Government, during the proceedings as the recommendations had to be sent to Secretary-I, PWD for examination and issue of Government Order where ever feasible.

6.      With the issue of Cadre and  Recruitment Rules of Irrigation Department vide G.O.No.PWD 167 SPP 86, dated 5.7.89 the designation of the Secretary-II, PWD & CAD (Irrigation) was changed as Secretary, Irrigation Department and the staff of PWD are posted on deputation to   Irrigation Department.  Secretary Irrigation Department has also been issuing Government Orders independently in respect of matters pertaining to Irrigation Department.

7.      Recently a number of Engineers-in-Chief have been appointed and they have been representing to include them in Board of Chief Engineers.

8.            As the Board of Chief Engineers is an important Committee, it is necessary to make all Chief Engineers and  Engineers-in-Chief in PWD or on deputation in other departments as members and make it a broad based committee.

9.            The Board of Chief Engineers cannot be presided over by a Secretary to Government, as the deliberations discussions and decisions will be a commitment for Government.

10.           Now the Irrigation Department is also separated and is headed by an independent Secretary designed as Irrigation Secretary.

11.              There it is necessary to appoint the senior most Engineer-in-Chief other than the two Secretaries and Managing Director, Karnataka Power Corporation as Chairman of the Board of Chief Engineers.  In case the Chairman could not be present in any meeting due to some reasons it shall be presided over by the next senior most officer present (Engineer-in-Chief or Chief Engineer).  The Board of Chief Engineers may deliberate on all administrative and technical matters pertaining to PWD, Irrigation Department, Zilla Parishats, Boards and Corporations where engineering works are executed, and send the recommendations to the concerned Secretaries or consideration and issue of Government Orders where-ever feasible. 

      In view of all these developments, the question of reconstitution of Board of Chief Engineers was engaging the attention of the Government for some time.

GOVERNMENT ORDERS NO.PWD 107 CRM 92 BANGALORE DATED.25-05-1992

       After careful consideration of all aspects and detailed examination of the developments, stated in the preamble Government are pleased to reconstitute the Board of Chief Engineers with immediate effect as shown below:
            1.      Sri.N.R.Venkateshaprasad, Engineer-in-Chief Chairman

2.      All  Engineer-in-Chiefs (Except Managing  Director, KPC, Secretary, PWD and Secretary, Irrigation) and Chief Engineers  of  PWD and Irrigation  Department  and in Boards and Corporation

Members
            3.   Special Officer, PWD Finance Cell  Member
            4.   Joint Secretary Planning Department   Member  

5.      The Chief Engineer, Communications and Buildings (South) Bangalore shall be The Member Secretary of the Board of Chief Engineers.  

 
        The Board of Chief Engineers shall meet regularly once in two months at Bangalore.  
        A meeting notice shall be sent to all the Members atleast 10 days in advance with detailed agenda and notes.  
       The recommendations of the Board of Chief Engineers shall be sent to concerned Secretaries of the Government within one month after the meeting.  
       The Secretary, Board of Chief Engineers may invite the concerned Secretaries of Government as invitees whenever important matters pertaining to their Department is proposed to be discussed in the meeting to got their guidance/advice or opinion in the matters.  
        The Secretaries of the concerned Departments and the Members of the Board of Chief Engineers are free to suggest any important matters both administrative and technical for inclusion in the agenda and for discussion in the Board of Chief Engineers.  It is binding on the Secretary, Board of Chief Engineers to include all the subjects in the Agenda for discussion as desired by the Members or Secretaries to the Government.  

BY ORDER AND IN THE NAME OF GOVERNOR OF KARNATAKA

                                                       Sd/-                    

(K.B.GOPALAKRISHNA)

Under Secretary to Government,

Public Works Department (Comm-I)

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