SRINAGAR, JUNE 28: Governor, Shri N N Vohra on Thursday chaired the 1st meeting of the State Administrative Council (SAC) constituted on 21st June, 2018, after proclamation of Governor’s Rule in the State.
Advisors to the Governor, S B B Vyas and Vijay Kumar besides Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam attended the meeting.
The SAC deliberated upon the various proposals submitted by Administrative departments for its consideration and approval.
Raising of two Border Police Battalions
In a significant decision meant to benefit the youth in particular residing near the International Border/LoC, the SAC accorded sanction to the raising of 02 Border Battalions one each for Jammu and Kashmir regions, along-with the creation of 2014 posts of various ranks. The 1402 posts of Constables available in these two Border Battalions would be filled from amongst the youth residing within 0-10 KM from IB/LoC. The remaining 600 posts will be filled by recruitment from across the State.
The decision of establishment of two Border Police Battalions will positively impact upon the lives of thousands of youth residing in border areas of the State. The residents of border areas have been highlighting the issue of their under-representation in the State Police Force and have persistently demanded raising of adequate number of Border Police Battalions, with a provision of exclusive recruitment for the border residents.
The SAC further directed the Home Department to complete the recruitment to these Border Battalions through a transparent recruitment process within the next six months and the status be placed before the SAC then. Funds to the tune of Rs 162 Crore, shall be made available for creating the requisite infrastructure for these Battalions and another Rs 36 Crore shall be required annually for meeting the recurring expenses towards salary etc.
Construction of Individual & Community Bunkers along IB/LoC
The SAC took note of the status of the construction of 12165 Individual and 1347 Community Bunkers along the IB/LoC being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 415 Crore.
The SAC further directed the Home Department to take appropriate measures to ensure that Community Type Bunkers, upon completion, are handed over to the District Administration concerned for optimum utilization and adequate maintenance.
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has accorded sanction to the construction of 1431 Community Type Bunkers and 13,029 Individual Type Bunkers for safety and security of the residents in five border Districts of Jammu division viz Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Rajouri and Poonch.
A Divisional Level Committee has been constituted to supervise and review the progress of construction and also furnish physical and financial progress reports on monthly basis.
Enhancement of financial assistance
The SAC accorded sanction to the enhancement of financial relief, from existing Rs 3000 per month to Rs 4000 per month w.e.f June, 2018 in respect of World War-II Veterans and Widows of such Veterans. The decision will benefit nearly 380 Veterans and Widows.
Creation of 32 additional posts for Health Institutions
The SAC accorded sanction to the creation of 32 additional posts of various categories for the recently upgraded three health institutions including 16 posts for Sub District Hospital (SDH) at Hazratbal in Srinagar, 8 posts each for Primary Health Centre (PHC) at Domana in Jammu and PHC at Devar in Kupwara. The availability of additional manpower will further improve the patient care in these health institutions.
Use of Forest Land for developmental purposes
The SAC gave major impetus to developmental activities in the State by providing forest clearance to various developmental projects in the road, railways, transmission, health, drinking water and other sectors involving 153.18 Ha of forest land spread across the State. The proposals were recommended by the Forest Advisory Committee (FAC), headed by the Chief Secretary in its 105th, 107th and 108th FAC meetings.
Among other projects, the SAC accorded approval to the prestigious project of AIIMS at Vijaypur, Ring Road Srinagar, 14 projects of PMGSY, 02 projects pertaining to GREF and the Army. Another project which was cleared was regarding the laying of 132 KV transmission line from Grid Station Katra to Gran (Reasi) for Konkan Railways.
The FAC in its 105th meeting had approved diversion of forest land for development works viz Road from Pathwar to Thathi (Jammu), Road from Chalog to Dhaman (Basholi), Road from Purana Tulail to Dangithal and from LO – 26 to Safaid Aab (Bandipore), Road from Dhaino to Papriya (Batote), Road from Malla to Jogwan (Jammu), Ring Road Srinagar City and Tunnel T-6 to T-12 on Katra Dharma Section (Mahore) etc.
The FAC in its 107th meeting had approved diversion of forest land for development works viz construction of road from Juthal to Manoh (Jammu), road from Mankal to Mudva (Langate) and for the purpose of laying of 132 KV D/C Transmission Line from Grid Station Katra to Gran (Reasi) for Konkan Railways etc.
The FAC in its 108th meeting had approved diversion of forest land for development works viz widening of CL-9 road Dogra Mandir Parole Janial Bamial to NHDL (Kathua), Road from Panssa to Prankote (Reasi), Road from Cherji to Sumnabhatta (Kishtwar), Road from Shivas (Sohal) to Ongayee (Kishtwar), Road from Pethgam to Renai (Kishtwar), Road from Sohal to Kaban (Kishtwar), Road from Jangalwar to Sarsi (Kishtwar), Road from Kachnambal to Wangath via Baba Nagri (Sindh Forest) and Road from Bhargran to Behota (Batote) etc.
Further, the SAC directed the Forest, Ecology and Environment Department undertake a comprehensive physical and financial audit of the CAMPA works through the Monitoring and Evaluation wing in the PCCFs office.
Valley prepares for snow
Srinagar, Jan 18: With the MeT department’s weather advisory predicting moderate to heavy snowfall from January 19 to 23,The Kashmir Monitor spoke with various people at Lal Chowk to find out how Valley is gearing up for the tough week ahead.
“I have stockedup grocery items for a week in my home,” Pedestrian, Basharat Jabeen
Keeping in mind, the work would be slow in next few days, I decided to give off to our employees. For home, I have brought extra groceries and necessary food items for children. Owner, Caliph Restaurant, Mushtaq Ahmad
Apart from grocery items, I brought extra coal and fire wood for heating purposes–Alluchi Bagh resident, Fazal Ahmad
Have covered water pipes and hoses with the wool insulations and plastic to ensure running supply of warm/cold water pedestrian.Besides, I have also purchased extra battery for inverteras there is no guarantee of power supply during snowfall.Aquib from Mazhama
I purchased extra cooking gas cylinder as an alternative, incase of power supply is not restored immediately. Besides, have also purchased some cough syrups and antibiotics. Rasiq Manzoor, Sonwar resident
Brought groceries for a week– Saliq Parvaiz Rangreth resident
Govt keen to tap Ladakh’s immense tourism potential: CS
Leh, Jan 18: Chief Secretary, B.V.R Subramanyam Friday said that Leh district of frontier Ladakh region possesses immense tourism potential and the Governor’s administration is keen to upgrade its tourism-related infrastructure to attract increased tourist footfall to the region.
The CS made these remarks at a meeting with Executive Councillors of LAHDC, Leh headed by Chairman and CEC, JamyangTseringNamgyal here.
Expressing happiness over the increasing trend of tourist inflow to Leh, touching around 3 lakh mark last season with 50,000 foreigners, the Chief Secretary stressed on LAHDC Leh to work out a master plan for guiding tourism sector towards inclusive and sustainable development of the district.
On the occasion, CEC Namgyal thanked Chief Secretary for his intervention in fulfilling long pending demands of Leh district including sanctioning of Cluster University for Ladakh, Khaltse Degree College, filling up of 33 posts of Medical Officers and up-gradation of SNM Hospital from 150 to 300 bed capacity.
A charter of demand and issues were taken up with Chief Secretary by CEC, Deputy Chairman and Executive Councillors, like inclusion of villages along ALC bordering China in Changthang region under reservation policy for recruitment to various posts, grant of 10% SDA in favour of State Government Employees serving in Leh for which the State Government has in principle agreed.
Besides, special consideration for regularization of casual labours of PWD Circle Leh and PDC Leh in view of the peculiar working condition in the District, inclusion of left out villages in BADP schemes, creation of posts in LREDA.
They further sought creation of separate Hydraulic PWD Circle, Leh and three more Hydraulic Special Sub Divisions, creation of 124 posts of Bhoti and Arabic teachers, up-gradation of PHCs of Nyoma and Khaltse to SDH, creation of posts for Nubra Development Authority, PRC signing authority for Khaltsi and Liker Sub Divisions, financial support for organic project of Leh district and release of funds from higher education to EJM College Leh, establishment of Ice Hockey Academy at Leh.
Responding to the demands, the Chief Secretary assured to give due consideration to all the projected demands.
Principal Secretary, Planning & Development RohitKansal, Deputy Chairman Gyal P Wangyal, Executive Councilor for Agriculture, PhuntsogStanzin, Executive Councilor for Health TseringSandup and DC/CEO, LAHDC, Leh AvnyLavasa were also present in the meeting.
Hurriyat (g) protest against prolonged detention of Hurriyat leaders
Srinagar, Jan 18: Hurriyat (g) Conference leaders and activists on Friday held peaceful protests after congregational Friday prayers in Hyderpora about the prolonged detention and the “ill-treatment” meted out to Hurriyat leaders especially deteriorating health condition of Hurriyat leader Peer Saifullah in Tihar jail.
In a statement issued to the media, the spokesman said that Hurriyat Conference leaders and activists including Abdul Ahad Parra, Bilal Sidiqui, Molvi Bashir Ahmad Irfani, Syed Imtiyaz Hyder, Mohammad Yasin Ataie, Syed Mohammad Shafi, Khawaja Firdous, Mohammad Maqbool Magami, Arshid Aziz, Mubashir Iqbal, Showkat Ahmad Khan, Imtiyaz Ahmad Shah, Rameez Raja, Abdul Hameed Elahi and Abdul Rashid Lone organized a peaceful protest at Hyderpora Srinagar against the inhuman attitude meted out towards the political prisoners in and outside state especially in Tihar Jail.
Hurriyat leaders while condemning the pro-long detention of political prisoners said that suppressing even the pro-freedom voice and curbing their peaceful activities is no bravery but shameful, which government itself is responsible for the consequences.
While demanding the immediate release of all political prisoners including leaders lodged in and outside state particularly in Tihar Jail include Shabir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, Dr. Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, Shahid-ul-Islam, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Syed Shahid Yousuf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, Asia Indrabi, Nahida Nasreen, Fehmeeda Sofi. Hurriyat leaders said that by pushing people to wall Delhi will achieve nothing; they should face the political leaders and workers on political turf.
Hurriyat Leaders appealed Amnesty International, Asia Watch, and other international organization for human rights to break the silence and take cognizance of the plight of people in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and urged to fulfil their obligations in accordance with human rights specified for the political prisoners.
Meanwhile, All Parties Hurriyat Conference has strongly condemned the raids on the houses of Muslim League leader Rafiq Ahmad Ganie and political activist Sabzar Ahmad of ArinhalBijbihara and said that Jammu and Kashmir have been turned into a police state, where political leaders and activists are regularly harassed by the men in uniform.