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Engage youth, skilled man-power in dev works: Div Com to CEs

Reviews status of works in PDD, PHE, R&B, I&FC, UEED, RDD

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Srinagar, Sep 1: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan Saturday directed all Chief Engineers (CEs) and concerned officers to engage local youth and local skilled man-power in developmental works so that all the developmental projects and water supply schemes will be completed in a stipulated timeframe.

The Divisional Commissioner made these directions while reviewing the status of developmental works of PDD (Power Development Department), PHE (Public Health Engineering), R&B (Roads & Building), I&FC (Irrigation & Flood Control), UEED and RDD (Rural Development Department) and difficulties in executing them.

It was informed that all departments have sufficient stock of materials which will be used in developmental works.

 

The Divisional Commissioner asked all CE’s to chalk out the works calendar and engage local labourers besides local skilled man-power from the catchment areas as per requirement and kick-start all hampered developmental works immediately.

He also directed engineers to opt manual tendering process for new contracts so that all developmental works are completed before the onset of winter.

All Deputy Commissioners were directed to monitor the progress of developmental works in their respective districts on daily basis and send the weekly report to the Divisional Commissioner’s office for further course of necessary action.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal, Chief Engineers of PDD, PHE, R&B, I&FC & UEED, Director Rural Development Department and other senior officers of divisional administration were present in the meeting.


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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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