Jammu, Jan 31: Four major rivers, Jhelum, Chenab, Indus and Ravi in Jammu and Kashmir have been declared “national waterways” by the union government, paving the way for inland navigation on them to boost water transport and tourism, the state government has said.
“The Union government has declared four rivers namely Chenab, Indus, Jhelum and Ravi as national waterways, which would be developed in a phased manner,” Minister for Public Health Engineering, Irrigation and Flood Control, Sham Lal Choudhary said.
He said the state government was examining the feasibility-cum-detailed project report of Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) prepared for inland navigation and construction of horizontal and vertical terminals across these waterways.
“The development of these national waterways will boost the Inland Water Transport, besides, exploit the tourism potential on the national waterways of the state and improve the socio-economic profile of people of these areas,” he said.
Choudhary, speaking on a discussion on the demand for grants of PHE, I&FC departments in the Legislative Assembly last night, said under the Rs. 399.29 crore Comprehensive Flood Management Plan for river Jehlum, Phase-I, an amount of Rs. 177.20 crore has been utilised against the released amount of Rs. 196.12 crore.
He said a dispute with the Punjab government in connection with the construction of Shahpur Kandi Barrage has been resolved and a fresh agreement has been ratified by both the governments.
“To take the project forward, formulation of DPRs of Comprehensive Flood Management Plan of river Jehlum Phase-II worth Rs. 1684.60 crore under PMDP has been entrusted to WAPCOS, an empanelled agency of Union Ministry of Water Resources and it has been directed to complete it within three months,” the minister stressed.
To meet future flood challenges in the Jammu region, the Flood Protection to River Chenab project at a cost of Rs. 2,314 crore has been conceptualised and the DPR has been submitted to the Union government, he added.
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.