Srinagar, Jan 28: Minimum temperature in Jammu city dropped further on Sunday while it continued to remain several notches below the freezing point in Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region, the Met Office said.
“Jammu city recorded 4.1 degrees Celsius as the minimum temperature on Sunday. Kargil was the coldest in state where the minimum temperature dropped to minus 16, followed by Leh at minus 11.9,” a Met department official said.
The official said the weather would remain dry during the next 24 hours but rainfall is expected from Monday evening in the state.
There has been no snowfall in Kashmir ever since the 40-day long period of harsh winter cold called the ‘Chillai Kalan’ started on December 21.
This has caused concern as the perennial water reservoirs of Kashmir situated in the mountains get replenished during heavy snowfall, to sustain various water bodies during the summer months.
As cold, dry weather continued, Srinagar city recorded minus 4.8 degree Celsius, Pahalgam minus 5.6 and Gulmarg minus 8.6 as the night’s lowest temperatures.
Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine base town Katra recorded 5.1 degrees Celsius, Batote 1, Bannihal minus 2.2, Bhaderwah 0.6 and Udhampur 1.3 as the minimum temperature on Sunday.
Three militants killed in Pulwama gunfight
Pulwama:Three militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. According to the Kashmir Zone Police, arms and ammunition have been recovered from the site.
Identities and affiliations of the militants are being ascertained and search in the area is underway. The encounter began in the outskirts of Pulwama today evening. The security forces had launched a cordon and search operation in Pulwama following inputs about the presence of militants
Govt employees of J&K, Ladakh to get salaries as per 7th pay commission
The government employees of the new Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh — will get salaries and other benefits as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission from October 31, officials said on Tuesday.
The Union Home Ministry has issued the necessary orders in this regard.
Home Minister Amit Shah has approved the proposal of payment of all 7th CPC allowances to the government employees of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh, which shall come into existence from October 31.
The central government had on August 5 announced the abrogation of the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and its bifurcation into two UTs.
FC Finance discusses budget proposals for J&K, Ladakh with Admin Secretaries
Srinagar, Oct 21: Financial Commissioner Finance Department, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta today held extensive discussions with the Administrative Secretaries of various departments regarding budget proposals for the financial year 2020–2021 for Union Territory (UT) of Jammu & Kashmir and UT of Ladakh, which will take the formal shape on October 31.
The budget was discussed with around a dozen departments including Finance, Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries, PDD, Horticulture, PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Home, Health & Medical Education and other departments.
While chairing separate meetings with various departments, Dr Mehta was informed about the strategies conceived by these departments for the financial year 2020-2021 and the major projects that will be under taken by the concerned departments. Threadbare discussions were held on the functioning of these departments and their future requirements.
The Administrative Secretaries put forth the budget proposals along with their view points on the future action plans with regard to their targets and improving infrastructure for better delivery of services. They also briefed the Financial Commissioner about the status of various on-going projects in their respective departments.
Dr Mehta advised all the departments to ensure proper projection of their requirements and focus on outcomes.
Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education; Principal Secretary Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries and Transport Department; Principal Secretary Home; Commissioner Secretary PHE; Secretary Horticulture; Secretary PDD; Secretary State Water Regulatory Authority; Director Health Services (Kashmir); DG Prisons; DG Budget; Chairman J&K Bank; heads of various departments; officials of Finance department and other concerned attended the meetings.
Besides, various departments from Jammu attended the meeting through video conferencing.