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.
Advisor Ganai for improving quality of education in Govt schools
SRINAGAR, JULY 18: Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai today urged the Principals and Headmasters serving in Education Department to improve the quality of education in Government run schools by drawing upon the wealth of their knowledge and experience. The Advisor made these observations while chairing a meeting with General Line Teachers Forum who apprised him about various issues faced by the teachers and educational institutions.
Elaborating on the issue, the Advisor said that Government understands that the head of institutions are required to take care of all the administrative work and may not have much time at their hands to take regular classes, however, to achieve the academic excellence, especially in Government run schools, everyone including principals and headmasters, need to extend their helping hand.
He said that the Principals and Headmasters usually have years of teaching experience and wealth of knowledge and by volunteering to take one or two classes in their institutions, they will not only send a good message among the staff members but will enable the students to avail the benefit from their immense knowledge.
Ganai further added that the teaching will help the Principals and Headmasters to stay in touch with their specialized subjects, and most importantly would enable them to encourage other staff members to give their best.
Earlier, the delegation of the General Line Teachers Forum during their interaction with the Advisor sought immediate redressal of the promotion stagnation issue in the department. They informed that there are many among them who despite getting recruited through proper channel have not received their due promotions for years.
The delegation also suggested for creation of “Teachers Welfare Fund”, adding it could be on the pattern of the welfare fund created in police department, where the employees can themselves contribute on monthly basis.
Besides, they also demanded for creation of lecturer and master grade posts for teaching newly introduced subjects in the education department.
Students, teachers should be ambassadors for cleanliness drive: DSEK
SRINAGAR, JULY 18: Students and teachers should be ambassadors for maintaining cleanliness in the schools in particular and society in general. This was stated by Director School Education Kashmir Dr. G.N. Itoo during a function organized by Field Outreach Bureau, Ministry of Information, and Government of India, unit Srinagar in collaboration with Directorate of School Education Kashmir, SMC Srinagar and Directorate of Urban Sanitation in which he was participating as a Chief Guest.
The function was attended by Commissioner Municipality Riyaz Ahmad Wani, Head of RNU, Radio Kashmir, Srinagar Mushtaq Ahmad Tantray, Joint Director Trainings Mehboob Hussain, Field Outreach Bureau, Ministry of Information, Field Officer Mr. Sikandar Qureshi and BDO Srinagar and Qamarwari Muhammad Akbar.
He said that in order to create awareness about cleanliness among the students in schools the Department has constituted up Nature Clubs in every Higher Secondary School. He further added that cleanliness has been kept as a mandatory component of the Education Planner. He directed all the Head of the Institutions to dedicate 5 minutes in the morning assembly for creating awareness about cleanliness among the students.
Speaking on the occasion Commissioner Municipal Corporation Srinagar Riyaz Ahmad Wani announced Rs 50,000 for making Drum Compost Unit at GHSS Kothibagh. He stressed upon all to make this programme a success and appreciated the role of School Education Department in making this programme effective on ground level.
DSEK requested Municipal Commissioner to construct sanitary complexes in rented schools of Srinagar so that students of these schools can get this facility. He also requested for making toilets for specially-abled children.
Earlier a Provincial Level Painting Competition organized by Directorate of School Education Kashmir was held at GHSS Kothibagh in which 30 students from 10 Districts of Kashmir Division participated. Shah Faisal from BHSS Pulwama bagged 1st position, Sama Masoodi from GHSS Sopore bagged 2nd position and Ayesha Samad from GHSS Langate was awarded 3rd position. These students were felicitated in the function by DSEK and other dignitaries.
Soz welcomes SC direction for separate law for curbing lynching menace
SRINAGAR, JULY 18: Welcoming the Supreme Court’s direction for a separate law for curbing lynching menace in the country, senior Congress leader and former union minister Prof Saifuddin Soz on Wednesday said it was a great relief to people, particularly to down trodden, including minorities.
In a statement issued, Prof Soz said, “The Supreme Court’s judgment on widespread menace of lynching in the country, asking the Central government to initiate immediate steps for enactment of a separate law for punishment for this crime, has come as a great relief to the people of India, particularly, to the downtrodden including minorities.”
He said it is a measure of great relief when the court described the situation in the country as extremely bad and observed strongly that there can be no shadow of doubt that the authorities have the principal obligation to see that vigilantism, be it cow vigilantism or any other vigilantism, does not take place.
“It is further a matter of great relief to the nation that the Supreme Court has passed this strong judgment at a time when Parliament is in session”, he said in the statement.
He alleged that if the government had paid any attention initially, it would not have become a widespread menace
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