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Focus should shift to harnessing renewable energy: Advisor Kumar

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Srinagar, Jul 19: Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar today reviewed the functioning of Science & Technology department and the initiatives taken to harness all forms renewable energy in the state. He said the dependence for our power needs should be shifted by generating power form Solar, Wind and other renewable sources.

K Vijay Kumar while chairing a meeting which was attended by Secretary Science & Technology, Fayaz Ahmad, CEO JAKEDA and other senior officers and Engineers of the department enquired about the performance made under various projects being initiated by the department in the state with details of feedback on the completed works.

During the meeting, a presentation was made and informed that Science and Technology department has two important verticals, the Jammu & Kashmir Energy Development Agency (JAKEDA) and Science & Technology Innovation Council (ST&IC) having separate mandates.

 

While discussing the efforts undertaken by JAKEDA to tap the energy potential from all kind of renewable sources in the state including Solar, Hydel and Wind, the Advisor was briefed about the projects taken up to harness all these forms of renewable energy.

With regard to Solar Power Projects, it was given out that J&K state has been allocated a collective target of 1150 MW to be achieved by the end of 2022 out of which 450 MW have to be achieved through Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Power. It was informed that Ministry of Non-renewable Energy, GoI is providing 70% subsidy to the domestic consumers & institutions registered under societies act and maximum of 60 % to the government institutions.

CEO JAKEDA said that it has empaneled various firms as vendors through tendering process for installations of Rooftop Solar Plants ranging from 1 KW to 500 KW capacity.

The Advisor enquired about the progress made in this regard and the cost details of Rooftop Photovoltaic (RTPV) and numbers of RTPV provided to domestic and government institutions.

K Vijay Kumar asked JAKEDA to discuss this with various government institutions especially educational and health where Rooftop Solar Plants can be installed for generating power for their own consumption.

About 250 Off-grid Solar Power Plants ranging 5-150 KW capacity at various locations which includes district/sub district/community health/ educational institutions of the state. It was told that 91000 Solar Home Lights in un-electrified villages/hamlets under Remote Village Electrification Programme of MNRE have been distributed besides, 30000 home lights in other areas under the JNNSM.

Under PMDP, it was apprised that the agency has also identified 13 sites (each of upto 10 MW station capacity) with an aggregate capacity of 114.5 MW for development of Small Hydro Power Projects. Various issues pertaining to these projects were discussed in detail including fund availability for the execution of the works.

The progress for setting up of Mega Size Solar Power Plants in the state was also deliberated upon. The Advisor asked for taking up the issue with various departments having land with them which can be utilized for setting up of these Mega Solar Plants.

Pre-feasibility analysis done for the sites at four locations in Basohli Tehsil of Kathua district could be developed in first instance for the purpose, CEO JAKEDA informed.

With regard to development of Mini Hydel Projects, the Advisor was informed that the agency had the mandate for implementation of Mini Hydel Projects (MHPs) upto 2 MW. 4 MHPs are in the advanced stages of construction and the tentative dates of commissioning. Further, JAKEDA has awarded 35 Mini Hydel Projects to be developed by IPPs in phased manner.

 


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Maharaja’s atrocities will always haunt Kashmiris: Er Rasheed

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Srinagar, July 19: Reacting to a comment by Vikram Aditya Singh-Congress leader and Maharaja’s grandson, for insulting martyrs of July 13, 1931, AIP President Er Rasheed said that the statement made is shameful, distortion of the facts and misleading.
In a statement issued on Friday, Rasheed said that Singh must collect the courage and apologize for the huge atrocities his grandfather committed on innocent Kashmiris. He said “those praising Maharaja must not forget that Maharaja had bulldozed basic rights of citizens, snatched their religious freedom and given liberty even to his Chowkidars to murder and rape anyone they would wish. From Maharaja to his ordinary Chowkidars everyone would treat state like its concubine and their process of looting even day to day edibles of common masses was far worse than today’s gangsters. Those who were martyred on 13th July 1931 will remain, national heroes, till doomsday and every year on 13th July Maharaja’s dark era will be condemned.”
He said history can never forgive Hari Singh for the massacre of Nov 1947 by his army killing lakhs of Muslims in Jammu province. The state-sponsored genocide was the beginning of demographic changes in the state.
Rasheed asked NC and PDP to collect the courage and apologize for supporting Vikram Aditya Singh in recently concluded Parliamentary elections. He added that Singh’s statement insulting martyrs has exposed not only the dual face of Congress but that of NC and PDP as well.
Rasheed added that history will always remember the martyrs of 13th July 1931 who had a vision, conviction, commitment and courage to sacrifice their lives against Maharaja’s autocracy and thus created a history by bringing awareness among masses that how much mighty any autocratic ruler maybe, he has to surrender before the will of masses. Rasheed also condemned the incident in which a prominent citizen was crying for not being allowed to carry forward the dead body of his father by the security forces on the national highway, the spokesman of the party said in a statement issued to media.

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NC dubs remarks as ‘horrendous, uneducated’

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Srinagar, July 19: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Friday rejected the remarks on the 1931 martyrs by some quarters as horrendous and obnoxious, saying the day marked the open revolt against a despotic, pitiless and tyrant autocratic government.
Reacting sharply to the obnoxious remarks emanating from some untutored sections against the martyrs of 1931, party spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said such brutish assertions against the martyrs who laid their lives for the dignity and self respect shows the disdain the scions of erstwhile autocrats hold for the cherished values of democracy. “The party had on various occasions rejected such assertions from time to time as having emanated from the untutored and communal elements. The uprising of 1931 was that of an oppressed against the oppressors, of defenseless against the armed, of poor against the landed gentry. The day marked the commencement of a peaceful struggle by the unarmed people against the then anti-Muslim and anti people government.”
“A ruthless autocratic government that taxed almost everything under sky, leaving just water and air for free for the poor masses. Such uncouth and untaught assertions of erstwhile autocratic scion cannot help him exonerate his family from unleashing the worst torments on the people of Kashmir in the shape of forced-labor (Begaar); the taxes were even levied on the cattle, marriages, and houses. The autocratic regime deputed revenue teams who used to collect revenue in kind for which sepoys were disputed to villages that used to create havoc in the villages. The revenue was collected with such severity and harshness that the cultivators had to sell even their belongings including cattle and sheep,” he added.
He said the worst feature of the worst attribute of the Dogra rule was its communal outlook. “It discriminated the Muslims on the basis of their religion and also interfered in their religious affairs. The Muslims were particularly marginalized. There was no Muslim representation in government offices. There was not a single Muslim gazetted officer in most of the departments, like defense, hunting, scientific research, libraries, archaeology, and agriculture. Major Muslim mosques were converted into Stables and stores,” he said adding, “It was due to the supreme and sacred sacrifice of the martyrs of 1931 that the state finally got the freedom after 118 years. And it was Sher e Kashmir Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah who painstakingly strived towards the fulfillment of the mission of martyrs of 1931. The coming generations will continue to draw inspiration from the martyrs of 1931. The supreme sacrifice of the martyrs will continue to guide our party in all its future endeavors.”

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DGP releases ‘Beyond Alcoholism and Drug Addiction’

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Srinagar, July 19: Director General of Police Dilbag Singh Friday released a book titled “Beyond Alcoholism and Drug Addiction” written by Ajay Vaid at Police Headquarters, Srinagar.
On this occasion the DGP said that the narrative of the book is the need of the hour. He said that J&K Police has already tightened the noose on the menace of drugs, many steps are being taken to fight the drugs. He said that this book not only provides information about the drug abuse and its effects but also informs that addiction is a treatable disorder.
DGP congratulated the author and said that this book would be useful for all those who are taking initiatives to curb the menace.
Written by Ajay Vaid, the book has been prepared to create knowledge and awareness about alcoholism and drug addiction. The book provides certain ways and means as how to face addiction and manage to keep away from it.
This is the author’s 3rd book. Earlier, he has written a book on ‘Tourism Destinations in India’ in 2011 and the 2nd book he has written is on ‘Exams, Job, Career and burning environment issues’ in the year 2012.
On the occasion ADGP (Headquarters) PHQ A. G. Mir and AIG (Prov. & Tpt.) PHQ Mubassir Latifi were also present on the occasion.

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