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Comm Secy Forests chairs SFC Steering Committee Meeting

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SRINAGAR, JULY 14Commissioner Secretary to Government Forests Ecology & Environment Department Saurabh Bhagat today chaired the 21stSteering Committee Meeting of J&K State Forest Corporation, which fixes norm/schedule of rates for lumbering operations and reserve rates for auctioning of timber.
The meeting was attended by PCCF/MD, J&K State Forest Corporation Suresh Chugh, PCCF (T) Manoj Pant, CCF Kashmir, CGM (S&M) SFC, CGM (P&P) J&K SFC, CGM North, SFC, Director Finance, FA&CAO, SFC.
At the outset Commissioner/Secretary, Forests advised the officers of J&K State Forest Corporation to make the Corporation financially more sound and profitable. He emphasized on need for rationalization of timber rates in different zones which are presently very low as compared to the market prices of timber. He said that Corporation should bring in new technology to work in a transparent and efficient manner.
Managing Director, J&K SFC gave a brief about present schedule of rates for lumbering operations, reserve prices of timber and working of SFC. He said that SFC has a limitation of working at a maximum of 80.00 lakh cft   annual marking of only dry and, fallen trees as per Hon’ble Supreme Court orders. He further informed that the Corporation has sold about 24.84 lac cft of timber to 60,990 bona-fide users after taking over of more than 870 sale depots spread throughout the State.
During 2017-18 SFC has taken over 77.39 lakh cfts of markings, extracted 40.58 lack cfts of (converted) timber and has sold 41.62 lakh cft in open public auctions in various timber sale depots at Jammu and Srinagar.
The Commissioner/Secretary was also apprised about the procedure right from marking, extraction to the sale of timber. He appreciated the efficient and transparent timber delivery system of SFC after taking over the timber sale depots.
Later in the day Commissioner/Secretary, Forests inspected Shalteng Sale Depot, where he was apprised about auction procedure of timber and importance of Shalteng Sale Depot. He was informed that Shalteng depot is one of the main revenue generating sale depots of Corporation and during last year more than Rs. 15.00 Crores worth timber was auctioned in this Depot.
The Commissioner/Secretary later launched home delivery of timber by SFC vehicles from Fair Price depot Shalteng at no profit no loss basis. He also interacted with consumers who had purchased timber from Fair Price Depot, they were satisfied by the service provided by SFC to deliver the timber at their doorsteps.
The Managing Director, J&K SFC apprised Commissioner/Secretary Forests about constraints of Corporation but assured that if the rates of timber in concession zones are rationalized, SFC can earn a profit for Government.
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Adv Ganai urges stakeholders to work for developing robust education system

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Srinagar, Mar 21: Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai on Thursday urged the stakeholders— including private schools to work efficiently for providing quality education to the student community at all levels.

Speaking to scores of delegations during a day-long public hearing under the aegis of Governor’s Public Grievance cell, here at Church Lane, Ganai emphasized that robust education sector was vital for overall growth of the state.

During the camp, the Advisor met around 40 delegations and scores of individuals from across the Kashmir division—who apprised him with various issues and problems faced by them.

 

A delegation of Private School Association of Jammu and Kashmir led by its president, GN War appraised the Advisor about various initiatives in the private schools. He sought education-friendly decisions from the government to encourage education providers. The delegation suggested that there was a dire need of establishing State Education Council—which could work for the betterment of the educational sector in the State.  

Lauding the efforts of the private schools, Ganai said that it was commendable the way private schools stakeholders were providing quality education despite many odds. He said that Jammu and Kashmir could become a hub of educational activities only when all the stakeholders would come forward and work for the betterment of educational sector.

The Advisor also received feedback from the delegation about the facilities available in their schools.
Interacting with delegation, Ganai urged them to observe ‘Punctuality Week’ in schools from 1 to 6 April.  He said the schools need to be made a place where the children are willing to go and attend their classes regularly.

Meanwhile, several other delegations including delegation from Pahoo Pulwma, Soibugh, Budgam, Anjuman Falah Islam, Harwan, Srinagar, delegations of FOs from Department of Horticulture, Delegation of Sarpanchs, Delegation from NGO Sunrise, Delegation of PhD scholars of Department of Linguistics, University of Kashmir. Deputations from various areas including Soura, Bandipora, Sopore, Ganderbal among other areas also called on the advisor and apprised him about various issues of their areas.

Ganai said that Governor’s Administration was taking every possible step to ensure quality education was provided to students at all the levels—including the students from far off areas.
After listening to the delegations, Ganai directed the concerned officials to reach out to the people and address their issues at an earliest.

Earlier, a delegation of All Jammu and Kashmir (Hajj and Umrah) Private Tour Operators met Advisor Ganai—appealing him to enhance the quota for the State.
Ganai assured that some positive developments in this regard would follow soon. He informed delegation that he would personally take up the matter with the concerned union ministry and address their grievances.

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Aspirants demand postponement of KCS Judicial (Main) exam

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Srinagar, Mar 21: KCS judicial exam aspirants demand postponement of main examination which is scheduled to commence from 23rd march on the grounds of the sub-judice matter of the selection process which has created uncertainty over the fate of the examination and disturbed aspirants’ preparation.
Aspirants maintained that the process of examination is challenged in Jammu wing of High Court and the honorable court held that the selection process is subject to the outcome of the writ petition. The court sent a notice to JKPSC to file objection to the issues raised by the petitioners.
“JKPSC has changed the rules of the examination in the middle of the game which is against the Supreme Court judgments. JKPSC in its date sheet notification for main examination dated 29-12-2018 makes no mention of the question paper-cum answer books where as a separate notification dated 01.02.2019 whereby it has been decided that the question paper-cum answer books shall as far as practicable be used henceforth for the competitive examinations. The aspirants came to know of this change in the rule by the Instructions on the Admit cards issued in March”, an aspirant told Kashmir News Service (KNS).
The aspirants maintained that JKPSC is pushing them into a depression hole. “We have prepared in accordance with the earlier examination pattern. In the earlier pattern a candidate was not bound to write in a limited space and continuation answer sheets were provided. It is a natural principle that a new rule has a prospective effect and not a retrospective effect. Giving the rule retrospective effect is ultra-vire and is challenged in the court of law”, said another aspirant.
Controller of examination, JKPSC, Shabir Hussain Keen said, “We will file objections in HC and prove the fairness of the selection process there. As of now there will be no deferment in the already notified dates for the examination and the aspirants should instead focus on their studies.”
Pertinently, JKPSC has been in the controversies for most of the recruitment processes be it KAS, 10+2 lecturer, Assistant Professor or KCS judicial examination. In the recent KAS controversy JKPSC is dragged to HC and SC for the faulty digital evaluation which was not supported by the rule of law. More than 500 cases are pending in HC and SC against the commission.

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PC leader Salam Ud Din Bajad joins NC

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Srinagar, Mar 21: Noted broadcaster, Former Deputy Director General Doordarshan Kendra Srinagar, Chief Editor Nawa-e-Qoum and PC 2014 Baramulla LS candidate Salam Ud Din Bajad on Thursday joined Jammu and Kashmir National Conference.
Welcoming former Broadcaster into the party fold, party vice president Omar Abdullah said, “Our party stands for equitable development approach for meeting the needs of under-served communities through policies and programmes that reduce disparities by fostering development towards creating strong and vibrant communities.”
Party vice president, while welcoming the new entrant said, “The party will surely benefit from Bajad sahib’s experience in public life.”
Senior leaders Muhammad Ramzan choudhary, Muhammad Akbar lone, Nasir Aslam Wani were also present on the occasion.
Bajad is also Secretary Gujjar Desh Charitable Trust Sunjuwa By pass Jammu and also a trustee of J&K Peoples Educational Trust. He is also associated with many social and literary organizations.
Meanwhile in a separate function at party head quarters Nawa- e –Subha, Srinagar, party general secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar welcomed the new entrant into the party fold. Among others Qaisar Jamheed Lone, Javed Dar, Ghulam Hassan Rahi was also present on the occasion.

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