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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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Investigation started in Jammu cable car incident: DRIL

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Srinagar, Jan 22: The investigation regarding the death of two labourers during the mock-drill of car cable accident in Jammu is underway while as the reports added that the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) were not followed during the mock-drill.

Two labourers died while four others sustained injuries on Sunday evening after a rescue trolley had fallen during the mock drill near the Mahamaya temple.

Talking to a local news gathering agency, Executive Vice President of Damodar Ropeways & Infra Limited (DRIL) said that the investigation into the incident is going on. “Police is investigating the matter. We cannot say anything in this regard until the investigation is completed,” he added.

 

However, reports informed that the SOPs were not followed while conducting the mock-drill ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit for its inauguration.

It added that as per the SOPs, while performing the mock drills, the executing agency needed to inform all other agencies concerned.

“The rescue trolley involved in the incident was meant for a maximum of four people, but there were six in it. Also, all people performing the mock drill should have worn headgear and had to be hooked to the rope,” reports quoting sources said, adding that no safety guidelines were followed during the mock drill, otherwise precious lives could have been saved.

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Mufti-Jagmohan camaraderie proved detrimental for Kashmir: Sagar

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Srinagar, Jan 22: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Tuesday paid tributes to the victims of Gawkadal massacre saying that people have not forgotten the massacre let loose on the civilians on that day.

In a statement issued here, addressing a gathering of party functionaries, and workers of Srinagar District at party headquarter Nawa –e-Subha Srinagar, party’s General Secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar said, “Those who are passing the blame and shedding crocodile tears now on the plight of Kashmiris are the one who actually traded the miseries of the people for grabbing power,” adding that Mufti as home minister trusted Jagmohan on kashmir, what followed is history.

Sagar in the statement said that Mufti through his nominated Governor unleashed havoc in Kashmir and that as home minister of India Mufti presided over 18 massacres in Kashmir including Mashali Mohalla massacre, Islamia college massacre, Chara- e- Sharief massacre, Shopian massacre, Pulwama, Kulgam massacre and Habbak massacre.

 

“Mufti-Jagmohan camaraderie proved detrimental for Kashmir, it is this camaraderie that is credited with unleashing Operation Catch and Kill, crackdowns and other human rights violations. Not just that Mufti extended draconian laws like AFSPA to Kashmir and besides that Ikhwan was also a brain child of Late Mufti Syed,” he said adding, “Continuing with their legacy of political bankruptcy Mufti’s entered into a trade policy with BJP with a sole design to destroy the respect and dignity of kashmiris.”

Sagar maintained what was left of our special status; Mufti a former lieutenant of G M Sadiq took it upon himself to destroy it. “The BJP-PDP coalition opened flood gates for all such forces as are contriving hard to harm our state’s special status.”

He said that Dr Farooq Abdullah owing to communal disposition of late Jagmohan insisted on then government at the centre not to appoint him as state’s governor. “It was late Mufti who nominated him and was instrumental in thrusting him on the state. No sooner did he become Governor, Dr. Farooq resigned as a mark of protest. What followed is written in bold red letters in the annals of history,” he said.

The meet was attended by District president Srinagar Peer Afaq, JKNC Women’s wing president Shameema Firdous, Ali Muhammad Dar, Irfan shah and others.

Sagar maintained that Mehbooba trailing her father path traded the very dignity of chief minister’s post by bald-facedly presiding over the large scale maiming, killings, blinding, nepotism, corruption, human rights violation during her stint as chief minister. “It was for the first time that people were not allowed to pray at Jamia Masid for many months altogether,” he said.

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Tourism deptt organsies first road show of winter in Pune

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Pune: Tourism Department in collaboration with Kashmir Hotel and Restaurant Owners Federation (KHAROF) held an impressive Travel Show in Pune on Monday seeking the cooperation of the travel associations and the media from the city for the promotion of J&K tourism.

Over 150 leading tour operators from the city attended show who also interacted with the members from the KHAROF.

Former Union Minister and Congress leader Jairam Ramesh who attended the show said Kashmir has immense tourism potential and people are most peaceful and loving in nature.

 

“Everyone should visit J&K State and see the nature’s beauty. The beauty also lies in the hospitality of the people who are very warm and welcoming,” he said.

Pune Mayor Mukta Tilak shared her experience of visiting Kashmir.

She said she found it safest place for travellers especially for woman.

“Even if we travel in auto at late evening, we are safe as people of the Kashmir are very good in nature and they take care of the tourists very well,” she said.

She urged the travel agents from Pune to promote J&K in a big way so that the travellers from Maharashtra will also visit paradise on Earth.

Earlier, Deputy Director Tourism Kashmir Riyaz Shah gave a detailed presentation on the tourism products which Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh has to offer.

The seminar is a part of series of road shows the department is organizing to promote J&K for the travellers within and outside the country.

Shah said J&K state is diverse in every aspect – be it leisure, adventure, culture, handicraft, cuisine, landscape, religion, architecture.

“Whatever you name it, we have it. J&K is a complete package. For a traveller, he has everything to see in one state,” he said, adding, “We are home to many famous gardens and heritage sites like Pari Mahal, Hari Parbat fort, Burzuhama ruins over 3000 years old, Mubrak Mandi, Shankar Acharya temple (250 B.C.), one of the biggest sun temples in India Martand Sun temple which was built in the 8th century, the Nara Nag temple ruins, and also famous sufi Shrines like Char-i-Sharief, Mukhdoom Sahaib, Ashmukam, Khankah Mohallah and many more.”

Riyaz Shah said that lot of filmmakers from Bollywood and even South India are shooting in Kashmir and the department is facilitating their shooting permission through single window system.

“Even now Malaysian and Thai films are being shot in Kashmir,” he said.

He also invited corporate houses for conventions and meetings to J&K saying the state has finest properties to hold such events.

President KHAROF Abdul Wahid Malik in his welcome address offered discounted packages for the travellers from Maharashtra.

He said Kashmir has over 60000 bed capacity and KHAROF is one of the largest hotel associations catering to over 24000 bed capacity from budget to star category hotels.

He invited the travellers to visit Kashmir saying the place is not only most beautiful place on the Earth but safest also.

KHAROF also released its annual directory during the show.

Earlier, the Tourism Department and KHAROF addressed media in a separate press conference.

Former KHAROF President Javed Bashir Burza briefed the media about the overall tourism infrastructure development in Kashmir.

Sanjay Nahar, the founder of Sarhad, a social organization dedicated to work in border areas, was also present in the press conference who informed them about the safety of the travellers in Kashmir.

Dr Vishwas Kelkar, president, Travel Agents Association of Pune (TAAP) also spoke on the occasion.

Senior Vice President Syed Masood Ahmad Shah, Secretary General KHAROF Maqsood Misri among other office bearers also participated in the event.

Chairman Pilgrim and Leisure Tour Operators Forum Nasir Shah moderated the show. Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Alliance Manzoor Pakhtoon, Patron Association of Kashmir Tour Operators Nazir A Mir also participated in the show.

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