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Bi-Annual Durbar Move:Offices to close in Jammu on Apr 27, reopen here on May 07

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Jammu, Apr 09: In connection with the bi-annual Durbar Move, the Government offices observing five days week shall close at Jammu on April 27, 2018 (Friday) after the office hours and offices observing six days week shall close at Jammu on 28 April 2018 (Saturday) after the office hours. All the offices shall reopen at Srinagar on May 07 (Monday), 2018.
According to an order issued by the Government here today, all the departments shall ensure that records are packed after working hours on last working day.
It has been ordered that the offices moving in camp shall carry only 33% of the strength of staff in that particular office or 10 officials whichever is minimum or as specifically indicated.
All Departments have been asked to depute their advance parties on 23th April, 2018 consisting of one Gazetted Officer and four to five Non- Gazetted employees who will receive the records at Srinagar. The departments shall ensure that boxes are properly locked and their keys reach the advance parties at Srinagar well in time. The SP Security, Civil Secretariat will furnish a list of defaulting departments in this regard to the General Administration Department.
J&K SRTC has been asked to make available sufficient number of buses in good condition for transportation of Kashmir based employees on 28th and 29th April and Jammu based employees on 5th and 6th May, 2018. The booking of buses shall be for the destination of the employees wherever feasible. Tickets shall be issued by SRTC in advance i.e. from April 20th both from Civil Secretariat as well as from the main booking counters of SRTC.
J&K SRTC will also make available trucks for shifting the records from Jammu to Srinagar. The trucks shall be requisitioned by the departments from J&K SRTC and the departments shall draw advance for meeting carriage and package charges. The trucks shall be allowed to enter the Secretariat premises after 5.00 P.M on the last working day. Loading of trucks shall commence on the day following the last working day. Loading of records in the offices located outside the Secretariat premises, observing six days week, shall take place after working hours on the on the last working day. The loaded trucks shall leave for Srinagar on April 29, 2018 in a convoy. J&K SRTC will also ensure that one Crane, two empty Buses and two empty Trucks accompany the convoy on the respective days so that the employees do not face inconvenience due to any break down of buses/trucks on the way. Mobile workshop shall also accompany the convoy.
It has been ordered that the S.P Security, Jammu will supervise packing/ loading of records of the officials located outside the Secretariat from Security point of view and issue clearance certificates to the drivers who in turn will show to S.P. Security Civil Secretariat to allow them to be included in the convoy. The S.P Security, Civil Secretariat will ensure entrance of trucks/records in the Civil Secretariat after proper scrutiny.
It has been ordered that Police shall escort the employees and the records convoy all along the route up to their respective destinations. They will also make sure that the move convoy is given precedence in crossing the Chenani- Nashri and Jawahar Tunnels. Director General of Police, J&K will issue necessary guidelines to the field agencies accordingly.
Health Department has been asked to keep available Medical Aid facilities enroute at various places including Jajarkotli, Udhampur, Chanderkote, Ramsu, Banihal and Qazigund on the days when the employees travel from Jammu to Srinagar. Principal Secretary Health and Medical Education will issue necessary instruction in this behalf to the Directorates of Jammu and Kashmir Divisions accordingly.
The order further reads that no moving employee shall occupy any Government/EP/Municipal residential accommodation except under proper allotment order. However, the move employees can retain the Government accommodation allotted to them at Jammu for bona-fide use of their families under intimation to the Estates department on approved terms and conditions.
The moving employees having Ration Cards at Jammu shall surrender the same to the Director, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department, Jammu and obtain a surrender certificate. The Director, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department, Kashmir shall issue Ration Cards to move employees at Srinagar on the opening of the Offices. The employees who desire to move without families may retain the Ration Cards at Jammu for the Summer Season.
Special Move T.A shall be paid at the uniform rate of Rs. 15,000/-per employee. This shall be drawn and disbursed in advance. Special move T.A shall not, however, be payable to such of the employees who do not move within the prescribed time. Advance pay is also authorized in terms of Rule 14.26 of the J&K Financial code (vol-1) in favour of such of the Non-Gazetted moving employees who may apply for the same which shall be recoverable in installments as per rules.
The Salary for the month of April, 2018 in respect of all the employees working in moving offices shall be drawn on 23th of April, 2018.
It is further ordered that no leave shall be admissible in combination/continuation of move days except in very exceptional circumstances. The concerned Administrative Secretaries shall sanction leave whatever due to the employees on very exceptional circumstances. All the Administrative Departments shall detach the staff if any, attached by them from subordinate offices of Jammu division.
The office timing on the reopening of the offices at Srinagar shall be 9.30 am to 5 pm in respect of Civil Secretariat and heads of department located within the Civil Secretariat premises and 10 am to 4 pm in respect of all moving Departments located outside the Civil Secretariat and observing six days week.


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Disputes, lack of funds keep grid stations projects in limbo

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Srinagar, May 18: Lack of funds and land disputes over towers have been delaying the completion of several grid stations in Kashmir.
There are several grid stations over which works have been started years ago. However, they are facing inordinate delay due to non-completion of construction of transmission towers, and laying of transmission lines.
One such project is Alastang grid station in Ganderbal district, on which work was started nine years ago.
“Although the work on Alastang grid station has been completed, the authorities have failed to resolve the land dispute for setting up towers over the years and connect Alastang with Zainakote grid. Presently this grid station is non-operational,” an official said.
He added that there is an immense load on Pampore and Zainakote power grids from where electricity is being supplied to Srinagar, Ganderbal, and Pulwama districts.
“Ganderbal gets electricity from Zainakote grid station and mostly remains overloaded,” the official said.
“Had the Alastang grid station been completed, it would have reduced the load on two existing power grids and helped the state to upgrade the power supply in the valley,” he added.
Similarly, an official document reveals that construction of grid station at Ahmedpora in Magam too has been put on hold.
“The work will be started as soon as the funds are released,” the document reads.
Completion of other grid stations at Lassipora Pulwama is also facing delay due to lack of funds or government’s failure in resolving the land disputes over towers.
The official said that existing transformers and power lines are also in bad shape. “There are technical snags in electricity due to poor power infrastructure,” the official added.
In a recent meeting, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan directed for effective monitoring of ongoing works on grid stations and strict adherence to the design, drawing and specifications, and use of quality material for creation of durable assets. He has directed the concerned authorities to submit a proposal for arrangements of funds.
“Chief Engineer System and Operations PDD has been directed to pursue the matter with the concerned authorities for release of funds,” a source privy to the meeting said.

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Offices of 12 militant organisations operating from PaK sealed, funding stopped

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Srinagar, May 18: The offices of the 12 Kashmiri militant organizations operating from the Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PaK) have been sealed, reported the newspaper Independent Urdu.
The newspaper reported that offices of all 12 organizations affiliated with the United Jihad Council were sealed, while as, the amount of office expenditure in these organizations has also been completely stopped.
Independent Urdu reported that the action has come in the backdrop of mounting pressure by the Financial Action Task Force or FATF.
This is the first time in last 32 years of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir that Pakistan has sealed the offices and also stopped financial assistance.
Recently, Pakistan took 44 members of proscribed organizations, including Mufti Abdul Raoof and Hamad Azhar — the former believed to be the brother of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) leader Masood Azhar and the latter his son — in preventive detention for investigation.

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Ronaldo donates $1.5 million to fasting Gazans: Report

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Srinagar, May 18: Cristiano Ronaldo has donated $1.5 million to feed people in the besieged Gaza Strip, Palestine, against the backdrop of the holy month of Ramadan, Sputnik News reported.
The Portuguese football star has never hid the fact that he is pro-Palestine, expressing his support for Palestinians several times in the past.
In 2012 the 28-year-old star gave away his Golden Boot Award to the Real Madrid foundation, which subsequently auctioned it off to raise money for building schools in Palestine.
In 2013, he refused to swipe t-shirts with an Israeli player in a display of support for Palestinian rights.
Although he did shake hands, he excused himself by explaining that he could not wear a shirt with that country’s flag, press reported.
The incident occurred at the end of the match between Portugal and Israel for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
A 5-year-old boy Ahmad Daubasha — sole survivor of a Palestinian family attacked by Israeli settlers, was received by Ronaldo in 2016 at the Real Madrid training center, where he photographed himself with the boy, giving him a specially-dedicated t-shirt. The Gaza Strip has been under Israeli land, air and sea blockade since June 2007, greatly impacting living standards, levels of unemployment and increasing poverty.
Palestinians have held weekly rallies along the Gaza border to protest the siege on the enclave and demand the right for refugees to return to their homes they fled during the 1948 creation of Israel.
Pro-Palestinian celebrities range from longtime activists to musicians to younger stars, calling for boycotts of artistic and scientific gatherings, divestment from Israeli businesses, etc.
The Portuguese star is known as one of the most involved in humanitarian work around the world.

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