SRINAGAR, JULY 04: Governor, N N Vohra on Wednesday chaired the 2nd meeting of the State Administrative Council (SAC) at Raj Bhavan.
Advisors to the Governor, B B Vyas, Shri Vijay Kumar and Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, 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.
Implementation of Shetty Pay Commission
The SAC accorded sanction to the creation of 29 posts of Readers Grade-I, 58 posts of Readers Grade-II, 23 posts of Senior Stenographers and 21 posts of Junior Stenographers in the Subordinate Judiciary to implement the recommendations of Shetty Pay Commission for the staff of Subordinate Judiciary and to implement the directions issued by Hon’ble Supreme Court in this regard.
With the creation of these posts, Jammu and Kashmir has fully implemented the recommendations of the Commission for staff of Subordinate Judiciary which include their career progression and grant of allowances etc. at par with their counterparts in other States.
Enhancement of remuneration of Research Assistants in JK High Court
The SAC accorded sanction to the enhancement of remuneration/honorarium being paid to Research Assistants in Jammu and Kashmir High Court from Rs 15000 to Rs 25000 per month. The move will bring their honorarium/remuneration at par with their counterparts in other High Courts of the country.
Use of Forest Land for developmental purposes
The SAC approved diversion of 29.90 hectares of forest land in various parts of the State for undertaking developmental activities in the railways, roads, drinking water and other sectors.The proposals were recommended by the Forest Advisory Committee (FAC), headed by the Chief Secretary in its 106thmeeting held on 20.04.2018.
The projects approved for use of forest land include construction of foundations of bridges, tunnels etc of USB Railway Line project in Reasi and Mahore Forest Divisions, construction of road from Banjian to Nokanin Billawar Forest Division by PMGSY, construction of 0.25 lakh gallon filtration plant at Chandanwari and 0.40 lakh gallon service reservoir at Nunwan by PHE in Lidder Forest Division, Bijbehara and construction of Operational Track (Road) from Maidan Behak to Ringsar (K17.00 to Km 27) in Kamraj Forest Division.
Procurement of Lake Cleaning machines by LAWDA
In a significant decision, the SAC approved procurement of latest Cleaning machines by J&K Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) for 4 basins of Dal-Nagen Lake, through global tendering process.The matter of augmentation of mechanical resources of the Lakes Authority has been pending for a long time for want of decision making.
The SAC while appreciating the ground realities including excessive weed growth, macrophyte infestation and massive expansion of lily patches in the open water expanse of Dal-Nageen Lake, has promptly responded in the matter raising hopes of lake conservation.
The SAC emphasized that the pristine glory of all water bodies including Dal-Nageen lake has to be restored and every effort shall be made to arrange the financial and mechanical resources for effective and timely management of lake cleaning operations.
It is pertinent to mention that most of the available machines with the LAWDA have outlived their utility life and are being operated beyond their working capacity. The withdrawal and re-deployment of these machines from one to another basin of a 25 Sq. Km lake area has been severely impeding the working efficiency and reducing the net progress.
While recognizing the fact that the procurement of sophisticated top end aquatic machines may take few months, as an interim measure the SAC gave nod to LAWDA for hiring of lake cleaning machines uptoMarch 2019, so that the lake ecology does not get affected adversely due to excessive weed growth and macrophyte infestation.
Public Library at Tujjar Sharief
The SAC accorded sanction to the establishment of public library at TujjarSharief, Zainagir, District Baramulla alongwith creation of 02 posts.A cross section of the society of the area including students, scholars, researchers and general public had been demanding establishment of Public Library at TujjarSharief.The establishment of Library will help students, scholars and researchers as well as retired officers/officials. This will be a Government owned Library with the Library Department.The SAC also directed the Libraries Department to bring a Public Library Policy before it in the next four weeks.
Legislations approved by SAC
The SAC gave nod to the enactment of the ‘The Jammu & Kashmir State Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities Bill, 2018” and ‘The Jammu and Kashmir Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Bill, 2018’.
The Jammu & Kashmir State Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities Bill, 2018 aims at empowering persons with disabilities, to live independently by providing them support, extending support to registered organizations to provide need based services to families of persons with disabilities, promoting measures for care and protection of such persons and realization of equal opportunities, protection of rights and full participation of persons with disabilities. It will leverage various Centrally Sponsored Schemes/ Programmes and will be beneficial for their rehabilitation, education, skill development and effective participation and inclusion in society.
The Jammu and Kashmir Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Bill, 2018 aims to put a check on misleading advertisements for certain purposes of remedies alleged to possess magic qualities which directly or indirectly gives a false impression regarding the true character of the drug or makes a false claim for the drug or is otherwise false or misleading in any manner.In the year 1954, the Government of India passed Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954. The said Act extends to whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir. The State Health and Medical Education Department mooted the proposal for enactment of legislation similar to the Central legislation.
No repression through barrel of gun can yield peace on ground: Soz
Srinagar, Sep 19: Former Union Minister and senior congress leader, Prof Saif-ud-din Soz on Wednesday pitched for initiation of dialogue process, saying that the central government has gone very wrong in not choosing the way for reaching the minds of the people of Kashmir, particularly, the youth who carry unrest in their minds.
“It will be quite wrong for the system not to reach their minds,” Soz said while addressing a presser.
“The anger in their heart and mind has to be understood. It will be futile for the system to take the position that there was no need for any discussion and dialogue with the people who adopt the course of violence,” Soz said as per the statement issued, adding “I have satisfied myself that if the system of governance wants to work for the durable peace, it has to understand the cause of unrest in the minds of Kashmiris. No amount of repression through barrel of the gun can yield peace on ground.”
“This feeling in me got buttressed enormously in recent times through my exchange of ideas with many knowledgeable people. I had a very interesting discussion with Johan Galtung, a Spanish intellectual with enormous knowledge on possible solutions to the conflicts that have afflicted many parts of the world. This exchange was through Skype and mails,” he said.
“Please imagine, why I am telling you this sorrowful tale. It is because I have a strong feeling that Govt. of India had a better course available that would yield positive results i.e. talking to the angry people of Kashmir. Perhaps, the JRL (Joint Resistance Leadership) could talk better, if the talks had opened!,” he said
“One is the urgent need of responding to the RSS’s avowed designs to create a situation of building a Hindu Rastra. The RSS Chief Mohan Bhagvat’s ‘Yakut Bharat’ points to the same situation. This posture of the RSS is extremely relevant to Kashmir,” he said, adding that the mainstream parties should also take full notice of the fact that even the subtle (superficial) situation of distance in approach to political and social issues between the RSS and the BJP has evaporated in recent years and the Indian society has fallen to very bad times, particularly Muslims and other minorities!
“In my opinion, the Kashmir mainstream parties should come full circle on the overtures of the RSS. This has become a crucial imperative for Kashmir as it (Kashmir) is pointedly on its RADAR!,” he said, adding that the second matter relates to the RSS’s open threat to seek revocation of Article 35-A.
Article-35A that provides various privileges to the people of J&K State is being contested by the RSS which is seeking abrogation of this Article through a petition before the Supreme Court of India, he said, adding “You have shown tremendous solidarity for this cause (protection of Article-35A). You rose to the occasion, in every nook and corner of Kashmir. Greetings for that solidarity! Please sustain that interest and enthusiasm. But, then, I would like you to take a little more notice of the RSS.”
“You are conscious of the fact that the RSS has always been consistent on two things. One is its clear angle on Muslims and other minorities; the second is its perception that Kashmir is an integral part of India and it needs no special privileges!,” he said
“To dwell on this subject a little more, I would invite your attention to what Walter Anderson and Shridhar Damle, who are quite conversant with the working of the RSS, have emphasized in their recent book ‘The RSS – A View To The Inside’. They have recorded great praise for the RSS on its phenomenal growth since 1980s and they have also stressed that the RSS is unparalleled as an organization with an almost Pan-India influence and operational footprint. They have, however, found through their credible research that Kashmir Valley is the only place where it has no functional Shakhas or branches,” Soz said, adding that “it is a silver lining for you in your struggle against all shades of parochialism, sectarianism and bigotry.”
“I have a strong feeling that you can rise to the occasion and win the battle!,” he said
Fix transportation rates for Valley’s fruit growers, Veeri urges Govt
Srinagar, Sep 19: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Vice President Abdul Rahman Veeri on Wednesday urged the state government to fix and streamline the transpiration rates for the export of the fruits in Kashmir Valley during the present harvest season.
In a statement, Veeri said that the proper rates of transpiration for the export of fruits especially apples from Kashmir valley needs to be put in place by the government at an earliest so that the growers aren’t made to pay extra amounts by the transporters.
He added that the government without any delay has to fix the rates of the transportation so that the system is regulated and streamlined for the fruit growers who been battling hart to make their products available in the markets situated outside the state of Jammu and Kashmir. “Government must act while bearing in mind that Farmers make up 80 percent of the state’s population and agriculture and horticulture are the backbones of the state’s economy. If the growers are taken for a ride by the transport companies, it will have a direct impact on their livelihood,” Veeri said.
The PDP Vice President added that by the regulation and fixing of the transportation rates, government could extend a helping hand to the orchidists of Kashmir Valley and can equip them to sell their fruits at affordable prices in the outside markets. “There are various measures needed to be taken amid the harvest season in Kashmir by the government and fixing the transportation rates is one among them. It is hoped that the government will come up with the decisive measure soon,” Veeri said.
PDD regularizes 63711 connections under SAUBHAGYA scheme
Srinagar, Sep 19: On the directions of the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan, PDD has regularized 63711 electricity connections under SAUBHAGYA scheme across the Valley.
SAUBHAGYA or Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana was flagged off in September 2017 with the objective of electrifying all left-out households.
It was given out that the approved budget for the implementation of SAUBHAGYA scheme in Kashmir division is Rs 358.95 crore and 98947 electricity connections are pending which will be regularized by November 2018.
To achieve 100 per cent electrification under SAUBHAGYA scheme, Div Com directed all District Development Commissioners (DDCs) of Kashmir Division to start an intense drive with PDD authorities to identify all illegal power connections in their respective districts and regularize them under the scheme.
He also asked them to identify those households who have two or more families residing under single electricity connection.“DDCs will work in co-ordinate efforts to ensure that the beneficiaries are identified in a transparent manner so that the benefit percolates to the genuine and deserving ones,” he added.
Concerned district administrations were also asked to send their complete progress report to the Divisional Commissioners office on monthly basis for the further course of action.
Meanwhile, Chief Engineer PDD informed that new domestic power connections can be availed free of cost under the Saubhagya scheme.
The free connections which also include the provision of free infrastructure under the scheme can be availed up to 30 November 2018.
The general public has been asked to contact the office of the Chief Engineer PDD Kashmir.
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