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For languishing, unfunded projects, no further time, cost overrun allowed: Admn

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Srinagar, Sep 13: Principal Secretary Planning and Development Department, Rohit Kansal chaired a meeting of Administrative secretaries of various department to finalize the action plan for completion of languishing projects.
The meeting was attended by Commissioner Secretary PWD, Khursheed Ahmad Shah, Commissioner Secretary Higher Education, Sarita Chauhan, Secretary PHE/I&FC Farooq Ahmad Shah, Secretary Youth Services and Sports, Sarmad Hafeez, Director General Planning, Shahzada Bilal and other senior officers of various departments.
The meeting discussed threadbare the way out to complete the pending projects for want of funds.
Rohit Kansal said the government had recently accorded sanction for the establishment of JK Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation (JKIDFC) with an authorized capital of Rs 50 lakhs for raising loans from financial institutions including state/nationalized Banks for completion of unfunded and languishing infrastructure projects in the state which are priority for the Governor’s Administration.
He asked the administrative secretaries of the concerned departments to prepare a detailed project wise schematic break-up of all such schemes as are proposed to be funded under the program and make a list of such projects in the order of priorities so that these projects can be completed to avoid further delays.
He also asked the administrative secretaries to ensure that the project is free from all encumbrances before it is considered for approval.
The Principal Secretary said that all the pending projects should be strictly completed within the specified time as per the timelines submitted and agreed to in the High-Powered Committee. He said no further time or cost overrun shall be allowed under any circumstances on such projects.
He said that irrespective of mode of execution, all remaining works in such projects shall be allotted and executed through a fully competitive, transparent e-tendering process, if not already awarded through a similar process and under execution.
He also directed the concerned departments to ensure and certify that the contract with the executing agency has a clear provision that in case the timelines for completion are not met, the executing agency will have to pay a penalty at a pre-determined rate on account of delayed completion.


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Ensure resolution-based grievance redressal, not mere reporting: Vyas to Officers

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Srinagar, NOV 19: Taking a strong exception towards routine handling of public grievances by reporting departments and need to bring in a change in attitude of mere reporting by the officers to resolution-based redressal of grievances Advisor to Governor, B B Vyas, today stressed upon the officers to look for solutions in absolving public issues to bring succor to the aggrieved.

He said this while interacting with public delegations and individuals here at Governor’s Grievance Cell in Church Lane, Sonawar.

During the said interaction, the Advisor was apprised about various issues and problems faced by the people in the region.
Among various issues brought to the fore, people from municipal areas also thanked the Advisor for bringing an end to their long pending grievances pertaining to drainage and other issues in their areas.

On the occasion a delegation from Kashmir Chamber of Commerce headed by Sheikh Ashiq thanked him for resolving their tax issues with regards to the goods that were damaged in 2014 floods.

The delegation also brought to the notice of the Advisor loss occurred in the horticulture sector due to recent snowfall and requested him to look into the issue of compensation to the apple growers who have suffered immense loss. They also requested for implementation of insurance for crops.

Some of the other main issues that were flagged during the interaction include those relating to power viz installation of electric transformers, construction of roads and drains, encroachment of state land, etc

A delegation of residents from Kulgam, informed the Advisor about difficulties they face due to non-availability of proper road in their area and requested him to help sanction construction of the road which would go a long way in bringing relief to the people.

Welfare Committee from Sector A of Mustafa Abad, HMT apprised the Advisor about the need for having a proper drainage system in the area.
People also informed the Advisor to look into redressing the difficulties they have to face due to shortage of electricity during winters. Request for increasing power supply to certain areas was also brought up during the interaction. The delegation of residents’ form Lolpora, Kunzar also requested for additional transformers for the area.

Various officials from government departments also met Advisor Vyas and requested him to help find a solution to their grievances.

A delegation from Revenue Department requested for resolution of the issue of regularization of their service. While as a delegation from State Technical Employees and Agriculture Departments informed about delay in Departmental Promotions. Another delegation of RDD class 4th employees of Kashmir division apprised him about various departmental issues. The delegations from FCS&CA, Link Workers of NHM, 10+2 lecturers and others also met the Advisor.

Around 50 delegations and individuals from various districts of Kashmir Division apprised the Advisor of their grievances and sought his intervention in ensuring outcome-based redressal of the same in a time-bound manner. This was Advisor Vyas’s second public grievance redressal camp in Srinagar after the secretariat moved to Jammu.

The Advisor gave a patient hearing to all the delegations and assured them of redressing their genuine grievances at an earliest. He also issued on spot directions to the concerned officers asking them to take cognizance of the pertaining issues and redress the same forthwith. On the occasion, Advisor Vyas directed the concerned officials to find a permanent resolution to certain issues that are faced by people on regular basis.

Later, the Advisor also chaired a meeting of officials to discuss the issues with regards to the construction of dewatering station in Noor Bagh, which is a long pending demand of the residents of Noor Bagh.

The meeting was attended by Director ERA, Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control Department and PHE, SE Sewerage and Drainage, officials from SMC and other concerned officials.

Saying that the construction of dewatering station is of greater significance for the people of Noorbagh, Vyas gave directions to the officials with regards to identification of land and required funding for the project. He directed the concerned officials to visit the area and inspect the feasibility for the construction.

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Budget 2019-20: Principal Secy Finance begins pre-budget discussions

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JAMMU, NOV 19: The Finance Department today formally set into motion the process for preparation of the State Budget 2019-20 by holding the first intra-departmental consultation regarding resource mobilization.

Principal Secretary Finance, Navin K Choudhary chaired a high-level meeting with the senior officers of the Finance Department at Civil Secretariat here this afternoon in this regard.

Commissioner, State Taxes Department, M Raju, Commissioner Excise, Talat Parvez, Director General Funds Organization, J&K, K K Gupta, Director Finance (Budget), Imtiyaz Ahmad, Additional Commissioner, State Taxes Department, P K Bhat, Additional Commissioner, State Taxes Department Jammu, Shahid Saleem and other senior officers of various wings of the Finance Department were present at the meeting.

This was the first meeting of a series of intra and inter-departmental pre-budget consultations to be convened by the Principal Secretary Finance to finalize the budget proposals for the next fiscal. The entire exercise of department-wise pre-budget consultations is likely to be completed by the end of next month.

Navin took a holistic review of the revenue realization targets achieved for the current financial year and the estimates for the next fiscal. He called for putting in place a comprehensive mechanism to prevent misuse of tax exemptions and incentives to the disadvantage of the State.
Navin said the endeavor of the Governor’s Administration is to facilitate industrial activity, businesses and trade and boost local production to prevent draining out of resources.

He said the Finance Department has already advanced the budget presentation to January to streamline the public expenditure, ensuring effective management of resources and timely completion of the developmental projects.

Navin said the Department has also put various expenditure reforms in place including adoption of Budget Estimation Allocation Management System (BEAMS) to minimize human interface in the allocation of resources.

He said BEAMS has also helped in bringing better cash management, financial reporting and monitoring system and eliminated misclassification by minimizing human errors.

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Chief Justice administers oath to new Judge of JK High Court

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JAMMU, NOV 19: Chief Justice, Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Justice Gita Mittal, administered oath of office to Justice Rajesh Bindal as Judge of the J&K High Court at a swearing-in-ceremony organized here today.

Chief Justice congratulated the new Judge and wished him a successful tenure ahead.

Justice Bindal, a senior Judge, has been appointed as Judge of J&K High Court following his transfer from the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
Justice Bindal was administered the oath after the High Court’s Registrar General Sanjay Dhar read out the Warrant of Appointment issued by the President of India. He also read the Letter of Authorization issued by Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, authorizing Chief Justice of the High Court of

Jammu and Kashmir, to administer the oath of office to the newly appointed Judge.

The oath ceremony was attended by Justice DSThakur, Justice TashiRabstan, Justice Sanjay Kumar Gupta and Justice Sindhu Sharma, Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam, Advocate General DCRaina, Principal Secretary Home, RKGoyal, Law Secretary, Abdul Majid Bhatt, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Sanjeev Verma, IGP, Jammu, Dr SDSingh, Principal District and Sessions Judge Jammu, Vinod Chatterjee Koul, besides former Judges, President Bar Association Jammu, BSSlathia, Officers of the registry, senior advocates and office-bearers of High Court Bar Association.

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