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DARPG to collaborate with J&K Govt in implementation of e-office in Civil Secretariat

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SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 05: Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) will be collaborating with the J&K Government to implement e-office in Civil Secretariat, improving public service delivery and strengthening of the grievance redressal mechanism in Jammu and Kashmir among other good governance initiatives.

Advisor to Governor, K Skandan and Chief Secretary B V R Subramanyam today discussed the DARPG collaboration roadmap with the visiting team of DARPG headed by Additional Secretary, Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions, DARPG, V Srinivas at the Civil Secretariat here.

Principal Secretary, Planning Development and Monitoring Department, Commissioner/ Secretary, School Education, Commissioner/ Secretary, Information Technology, Secretary, Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Secretary, GAD, Secretary, ARI & Training Department, Joint Director, J&K IMPARD and other senior officers were also present in the meeting.

 

Srinivas gave a detailed presentation on the areas of specialization of DARPG and the proposed engagements of DARPG with the J&K Government. He said previously DARPG has also collaborated with the state in projects like Visitor Management System in Civil Secretariat, E-Assembly and the ongoing automation of Jammu Development Authority and now DARPG is looking ahead to collaborate with J&K Government in initiatives like E-Office in Civil Secretariat, Pension And Pensioners Welfare, CPGRAMS, strengthening of J&K IMPARD, capacity building training programmes, conferences/ seminars on good governance and documentation of governance success stories.

He said that after assessing the priorities and the requirements, a roadmap will be finalized within the next two weeks and shared with the J&K Government, for which they will again visit the state later this month.

Advisor Skandan urged DARPG to conduct an assessment of the various e-service initiatives of the J&K Government so that these can be further improved.

Regarding Grievance Redressal, Chief Secretary observed that similar to CPGRAMS; J&K has a robust grievance redressal mechanism in place wherein public grievances are received and uploaded on the online Grievance Redressal Portal and being resolutely monitored by the
Governor’s Grievance Cell till their redressal/closure. However, Government would like to see it strengthened further with support of DARPG.


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Union Minister R K Singh to visit Kashmir to review development work in power sector

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New Delhi: Union Power and New and Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh will visit Kashmir tomorrow to review different development projects in the power sector in Jammu and Kashmir.

After the abrogation of Article 370, this will be the first visit of R K Singh to Kashmir.

Singh in an exclusive interview to ANI said that NHPC will provide jobs to 150 local skilled people. Powergrid Corporation is going for campus selection from different technical institution in Valley. Powergrid Corporation also takes up school smart learning programme.

“From this year, people in Kashmir will not face a power crisis in the winter season. The ministry is working towards providing 24×7 power supply to the Valley.

Secretary of power and Jammu and Kashmir administration will call a meeting of all contractors and ensure that works under various central government scheme progresses fast and are completed within the given timeline.

The government of India is spending more than 300 crores to provide uninterrupted power supply during the winter season in Valley,” he told ANI.

He further said that the Power Finance Corporation and Rural Electrification corporation will spend 20 crores on skill development in Kashmir.

The minister also said that 100 MW rooftop solar plant in Ladakh region and Leh district will be lighting with green energy.

Singh has given instructions to officials that a comprehensive power plan should be prepared within a time frame so that entire J-K and Ladakh doesn’t suffer power shortage.

After the abrogation of Article 370 that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir, 10 central government ministeries have made massive and speedy development plans for J-K and Ladakh. The power ministry is one of those 10 central ministries which has made mega development plan for entire region.

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Expansion of Election Department: SAC approves creation of 127 posts

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SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 16: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik approved creation of 127 posts of Election Assistants in the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer.

The posts include 50 posts of Election Assistant (Senior Scale) in Level 4 (Rs 25500-81100) and 77 posts of Election Assistant (Junior Scale) in Level 2 (Rs 19900-63200).

Creation of posts will help to implement the various initiatives of the Election Commission of India like ERONET, BLONET, District Contact Centre and other new initiatives, besides, addressing the promotion issues of the departmental candidates.

With the positioning of incumbents against these posts, the Election Department will be better equipped to provide efficient and timely services to the electors of J&K to complete time bound assignments like updation of electoral rolls, enrolment of new voters, weeding out bogus/duplicate voters, providing of EPIC cards etc.

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Will visit Jammu and Kashmir if required: CJI

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Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Monday said that if required he will visit Jammu and Kashmir High Court to take stock of the situation amid allegations that people are unable to approach the court. “If a need arises, I may visit Jammu and Kashmir High Court to take stock of the situation,” he said while hearing a plea on the restrictions since the abrogation of Article 370.

The CJI also asked the Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court to send a report on the matter. “It is a serious issue,” the court observed after child rights activist Enakshi Ganguly submitted that litigants are not able to approach the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

Earlier today, the Supreme Court had asked the Central government to file an affidavit on the petitions challenging the abrogation of the provisions under Article 370. Last month, Parliament had passed the Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganization) Act, 2019, bifurcating the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir with legislature and Ladakh without it.

Following this, a batch of petitions were filed in the top court challenging it.

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