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Governor chairs 1st SAC meeting






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.



Congress alone can defeat fascist forces: Mir




Srinagar, April 25: Maintaining that Congress party was fully capable enough to defeat the communal & fascist forces both in the country and state hell bent upon to abrogate Special Status granted to J&K, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) & party candidate from Anantnag parliamentary constituency G.A. Mir has said that Congress is fighting present elections against the divisive forces and communal agenda of BJP-RSS.

Mir also hit out at “opportunist parties” PDP, BJP and others for misleading people on various sensitive issues concerning J&K for electoral gains, saying that the policy of falsehood & deceit adopted by these opportunist parties has made the lives of people in Kashmir impossible and sought people’s support to put an end to the drama being staged by PDP, from time to time to generate sympathy after failing people on all fronts.

This was stated by G.A. Mir while addressing various public meetings at Panzgam Nad, Varel Kund in Devsar Assembly Constituency in District Kulgam and appealed the people to remain vigilant about the designs of PDP and other opportunist parties who were fully dependent on falsehood and deceit to exploit people to serve their vested interests, but at the same time, he (Mir) felt confident that people of south Kashmir and elsewhere in J&K have realized as to what PDP was doing to mislead them again.


He was accompanied by Senior Congress Leaders Haji Ab. Rashid Dar, Mohd Amin Bhat, Hilal Ahmad Shah, Vinod Koul, Farooq Ahmad Bhat, Adv Hashim and others.

Asserting that it is the Congress, which can protect the Special Status of the J&K State and will ensure equitable development of all the three regions, G. A. Mir lashed out at BJP Chief Amit Shah over repeatedly raking up the issues of Article 370 in his election rallies aiming to mislead people on this count, the fact of the matter remains that BJP cannot even touch it, as that, the Article 370 works as a bridge between State & the Centre, besides that, it has the emotional binding with the people in J&K. Whatever Narinder Modi or Amit Shah say in their rallies for public consumption was far from reality. Both (Modi & Amit Shah) want to change the narrative, which will be defeated tooth and nail, G.A. Mir said.

He said the communal and fascist forces were hell bent upon to divide the people of JK on religious and regional lines, but the Congress being the only unifying force in the Country and State will thwart their designs.

Mir also hit out at PDP for ensuring inroads to BJP RSS in the State and said many right thinking people had advised PDP leadership not to align with the BJP on the basis that this party has remained hell bent upon to abrogate special status for gaining political mileage in the Country, but the PDP leadership turned deaf ear and compromised on their core agenda for the sake of coming into the power, which has disappointed people at large scale, G.A. Mir added and appealed the people to use the opportunity of the present elections to defeat the political exploitation & deceit on the part of PDP and others.

Mir also said PDP was fully responsible for prevailing situation in valley especially in south Kashmir, besides loss of lives and regular incidents of violence because of its betrayal and political exploitation.

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Govt directs hospitals to display rate list of tests, lab investigations




Srinagar, April 25: Government has issued a circular to all hospitals and health institutions directing them to display rate list of all available diagnostic tests and lab investigations for easy access of people.

“It is impressed upon all the Heads of Hospitals/ Health care institutions to clearly display/indicate the various radiological examinations/lab. investigations/other tests conducted/available along with the rates chargeable within their respective laboratories/Hospitals, at designated areas and conspicuous places in clear fonts in English/Local language for the information of General Public,” reads the circular.

“These Instructions shall be followed in letter & Spirit,” it added.


The orders in this regard were issued by the Commissioner/Secretary Health and Medical Education Department following several complaints that certain basic tests/investigations are being denied/ not carried out in health care Institutions of the State on one pretext or the other.

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MCC an excuse to avoid redressal of burning issues: Rasheed




Srinagar, April 25: Asking state administration not to forget its duties towards common masses, AIP president Er Rasheed has sought immediate redressal of burning issues pertaining to common masses.

While interacting with people during his day-long visit in Kupwara Constituency Er Rasheed alleged that so-called model code of conduct has become an excuse and silly argument to those officers who don’t want to deliver and treat themselves beyond accountability.

Er Rasheed said, “Be it power crises or restoration of drinking water supply and other basic immunities, most of the officers have just one line answer that there is a model code of conduct in place. It is disgusting and shameful that the damaged transformers are lying in PDD workshops since months and concerned authorities don’t pay any heed towards genuine grievances of masses. The functioning of education, health and other prestigious sectors has been kept hostage to the model code of conduct. While there is no model or moral code of conduct for the corrupt Bhabus, even routine files of the common man are being thrown to the dustbin with the excuse that there is a model code of conduct in place.”


Er Rasheed urged the governor to take serious note of sufferings of masses and ensure that all essential services run without any interruptions and excuses.

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