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Governor chairs 2ndSAC meeting

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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.


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NC women’s wing protest against pesky power supply

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Srinagar, Nov 19: National Conference Women’s Wing on Monday took out a protest march from party headquarters Nawa-e-Subah against the pesky power supply and inconsistent water deliverance across the valley.

JKNC Women’s Wing President and MLA Habba Kadal Shameema Firdous who lead the demonstration criticized the governor administration for not rising up to the occasion to mitigate the day to day woes of the people. “The winter has just set in and areas in the city are witnessing massive power outages.

If this is the situation of power supply in the city, the situation in far flung areas can only be gauged,” she said.
Shameema said that the common populace especially the student fraternity are at the receiving end of all this. “The incumbent government, it seems has left citizenry to fend for themselves. They should have upgraded the transmission to meet the ever increasing demands of the people,” she said.

She said the PDP-BJP government didn’t do anything in augmenting the basic infrastructure viz-a-viz power distribution. “A government is supposed to foresee the increasing demands of the people, but to our consternation the former PDP-BJP government was busy blinding and bruising people,” she said.

“No big power project or water supply scheme was commissioned in the state under the former PDP-BJP regime. The state, especially the valley of Kashmir is reeling under somber darkness since government offices moved to Jammu,” she said.

She said National Conference being a people’s representative cannot shut its eyes and ears to the mounting woes of people. “Today we were obligated to take out a demonstration to stir the slumber ridden administration. The erratic power supply, the inconsistent water supplies have aggravated the people up to glottis,” she said.

She said that National Conference is live to the issues of people and that its leadership is raising the issues of people at every forum. “People still remember how fast the administration maneuvered during the Omar Abdullah led government,” she said.

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CB registers case against fraudsters for providing fake appointment letter, visa

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SRINAGAR, NOV19: Crime Branch Kashmir has registered a case against a fraudster and his associate for duping a candidate in Srinagar by providing him a fake Canadian appointment letter, visa and other documents in lieu of money.

According to the details, Crime Branch Kashmir had received an application from Naseer Ahmed Qazi R/O RathporaEidgah Srinagar, stating therein that one Fayaz Ahmed Dar and Chandan Singh Rajput R/O Chandan Villa, New Shimla, Phase 3, Near BSC Sector-3, Plot NO.45 who projected themselves as job providers in abroad to the aspirants and induced the applicant to pay an amount of Rs. 6.0 lacs for providing him a job in Canada.

They provided a Job letter and other related documents which on verification turned to be fake and forged, thereby deceived the applicant and grabbed his hard-earned money.

Subsequently, a preliminary enquiry in to the matter was initiated at Crime Branch Kashmir, which revealed that the suspect Fayaz Ahmed Dar assured the applicant that he will arrange a Job for him in Canada. The applicant was induced to pay an amount of Rs. 25000 as processing fee which he deposited in Account maintained and operated in the name of Chandan Singh Rajput R/O Chandan Villa, New Shimla, Phase 3, Near BSC Sector-3 at SBI Branch Shimla (HP). After that the applicant deposited Rs 50,000, 25000 and 20,000 in the account Number maintained and operated in the name of Fayaz Ahmed Dar in J&K Bank Branch Narbal Budgam, and later the complainant again deposited Rs 2.0 lacs, 3.5 lacs, and Rs. 20,000 in A/C NO. 2016796291 of suspect Chandan Singh. The applicant was provided visa, Identity Card, employment agreement through mail and courier. The Visa document provided to the complainant was verified from Canadian Embassy, but it was reported that the said Visa is not genuine. The accused thereby cheated the applicant and grabbed his hard-earned money in a fraudulent and dishonest manner.

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Aligarh Muslim University shows map of India without J&K

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Aligarh, Nov 19: At the campus of Aligarh Muslim University, a map of India minus the state of Jammu and Kashmir was displayed on a banner. The incident sparked off a controversy, with the university defending the drawing of the erroneous map as a mistake committed inadvertently by the drama society for an anti-partition drama which was supposed to take place at the university.

“The poster was made by the drama society for an anti-partition drama. As soon as the teacher-in-charge got the information, the university took action. We pulled down the posters and postponed the drama,” AMU PRO Shafey Kidwai said.

The university further said that the banners have nothing to do with the politics of the country. However, the banners have been pulled down ever since the controversy erupted. As per reports, the skewed maps were also put up on the main gate of the university.

The posters were also doing rounds in the entire university campus. As per reports, the map of India in the poster included parts of Pakistan while the region of Jammu and Kashmir was also depicted wrongly. The PRO of AMU claimed that the drama which was supposed to take place was based on Asghar Wajahat’s ‘Jis Lahore Nai Dekhya… O Jamya Nai’.

The play was written in 1989 and the drama is about the brutal Partition of India that created Pakistan. It is purportedly against communalism. The drama was to be staged at the university. The posters were prepared by the society and when the teacher was informed of the error in the posters, they were taken down,” AMU PRO added.

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