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Srinagar, July 17: Governor N. N. Vohra reviewed the implementation of important schemes in the Power Sector in a meeting held today at Raj Bhavan.
B. B. Vyas, Advisor to Governor;   B.V.R. Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary;  K.B. Agarwal, Financial Commissioner, Housing and Urban Development Department; Navin Kumar Choudhary,  Principal Secretary Finance; Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary Planning; Shailendra Kumar, Principal Secretary Industries and Commerce;  Sh. Hirdesh Kumar, Commissioner Power Development Department; Sh. Shahid Anayatullah, Commissioner Revenue; senior executives of Central PSUs – PGCIL, RECPDCL, RECPTCL – and officers from State PSUs – JKSPDC, CVPPPL-and senior officers of the Power Development Department participated in the meeting.
Hirdesh Kumar made a detailed presentation on the position of energy access and availability and the demand and supply position of Power in the State. He also gave a picture of generation, transmission and distribution plans of the State; implementation status of various Hydro electric projects being implemented by JKSPDC and CVPPL. The meeting was informed that 380 projects worth Rs. 8000 crore have been sanctioned under Centrally Sponsored Schemes of DDUGJY, IPDS, RGGVY-II and PMDP, of which work on 149 projects have been completed and in 127 projects work is in progress. Of the 380 projects, tenders for 361 have already been floated and for the remaining 19 works, tenders shall be floated within 15 days. These works largely belong to development of 1000 MW Pakal Dul Hydro Electric Project, 220 KV Srinagar-Leh Transmission Line, 32 projects of Inter-state Transmission System, 273 projects of strengthening of distribution network in the rural and urban areas across the State and advance technology intervention projects including smart metering/ pre-paid metering and smart grid project.
Power Secretary also gave the to-date status of electrification and informed that all the villages in the State, except 38,8000 households, stand electrified as per the standard definition. Governor directed that all works pertaining to electrification of the un-electrified households, categorised under different Centrally Sponsored Schemes, should be prioritized and if need arises, these works should be taken up departmentally to ensure that all these households are electrified before the targeted date of 31st December, 2018.
Governor directed that the work on smart /pre-paid metering and smart grid projects should be immediately tendered and installation of the envisaged nine lakhs smart pre-paid meters should be completed on priority to reduce the huge AT&C losses, improve collection efficiency  and reduce the ACS-ARR gap to meet the targets under the UDAY Scheme.
Governor directed that the revised estimates of Leh-Nobra Transmission Line, Kargil-Zanskar Transmission Line and LILO at Rajouri- Poonch from 400 KV Samba-Amargarh Line should be immediately firmed up and submitted to the concerned authorities for approval. He directed Chief Secretary to ensure that J&K State Electricity Regulatory Commission is immediately constituted to examine the issues of revision of tariffs and decision on tariff petitions.
Governor directed that the work should be expedited on all the projects covered under Centrally Sponsored Schemes for their timely completion and directed the Power Development Department to bring all important outstanding issues before the next SAC meeting.


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Adv Ganai urges stakeholders to work for developing robust education system

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Srinagar, Mar 21: Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai on Thursday urged the stakeholders— including private schools to work efficiently for providing quality education to the student community at all levels.

Speaking to scores of delegations during a day-long public hearing under the aegis of Governor’s Public Grievance cell, here at Church Lane, Ganai emphasized that robust education sector was vital for overall growth of the state.

During the camp, the Advisor met around 40 delegations and scores of individuals from across the Kashmir division—who apprised him with various issues and problems faced by them.

 

A delegation of Private School Association of Jammu and Kashmir led by its president, GN War appraised the Advisor about various initiatives in the private schools. He sought education-friendly decisions from the government to encourage education providers. The delegation suggested that there was a dire need of establishing State Education Council—which could work for the betterment of the educational sector in the State.  

Lauding the efforts of the private schools, Ganai said that it was commendable the way private schools stakeholders were providing quality education despite many odds. He said that Jammu and Kashmir could become a hub of educational activities only when all the stakeholders would come forward and work for the betterment of educational sector.

The Advisor also received feedback from the delegation about the facilities available in their schools.
Interacting with delegation, Ganai urged them to observe ‘Punctuality Week’ in schools from 1 to 6 April.  He said the schools need to be made a place where the children are willing to go and attend their classes regularly.

Meanwhile, several other delegations including delegation from Pahoo Pulwma, Soibugh, Budgam, Anjuman Falah Islam, Harwan, Srinagar, delegations of FOs from Department of Horticulture, Delegation of Sarpanchs, Delegation from NGO Sunrise, Delegation of PhD scholars of Department of Linguistics, University of Kashmir. Deputations from various areas including Soura, Bandipora, Sopore, Ganderbal among other areas also called on the advisor and apprised him about various issues of their areas.

Ganai said that Governor’s Administration was taking every possible step to ensure quality education was provided to students at all the levels—including the students from far off areas.
After listening to the delegations, Ganai directed the concerned officials to reach out to the people and address their issues at an earliest.

Earlier, a delegation of All Jammu and Kashmir (Hajj and Umrah) Private Tour Operators met Advisor Ganai—appealing him to enhance the quota for the State.
Ganai assured that some positive developments in this regard would follow soon. He informed delegation that he would personally take up the matter with the concerned union ministry and address their grievances.

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Aspirants demand postponement of KCS Judicial (Main) exam

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Srinagar, Mar 21: KCS judicial exam aspirants demand postponement of main examination which is scheduled to commence from 23rd march on the grounds of the sub-judice matter of the selection process which has created uncertainty over the fate of the examination and disturbed aspirants’ preparation.
Aspirants maintained that the process of examination is challenged in Jammu wing of High Court and the honorable court held that the selection process is subject to the outcome of the writ petition. The court sent a notice to JKPSC to file objection to the issues raised by the petitioners.
“JKPSC has changed the rules of the examination in the middle of the game which is against the Supreme Court judgments. JKPSC in its date sheet notification for main examination dated 29-12-2018 makes no mention of the question paper-cum answer books where as a separate notification dated 01.02.2019 whereby it has been decided that the question paper-cum answer books shall as far as practicable be used henceforth for the competitive examinations. The aspirants came to know of this change in the rule by the Instructions on the Admit cards issued in March”, an aspirant told Kashmir News Service (KNS).
The aspirants maintained that JKPSC is pushing them into a depression hole. “We have prepared in accordance with the earlier examination pattern. In the earlier pattern a candidate was not bound to write in a limited space and continuation answer sheets were provided. It is a natural principle that a new rule has a prospective effect and not a retrospective effect. Giving the rule retrospective effect is ultra-vire and is challenged in the court of law”, said another aspirant.
Controller of examination, JKPSC, Shabir Hussain Keen said, “We will file objections in HC and prove the fairness of the selection process there. As of now there will be no deferment in the already notified dates for the examination and the aspirants should instead focus on their studies.”
Pertinently, JKPSC has been in the controversies for most of the recruitment processes be it KAS, 10+2 lecturer, Assistant Professor or KCS judicial examination. In the recent KAS controversy JKPSC is dragged to HC and SC for the faulty digital evaluation which was not supported by the rule of law. More than 500 cases are pending in HC and SC against the commission.

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PC leader Salam Ud Din Bajad joins NC

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Srinagar, Mar 21: Noted broadcaster, Former Deputy Director General Doordarshan Kendra Srinagar, Chief Editor Nawa-e-Qoum and PC 2014 Baramulla LS candidate Salam Ud Din Bajad on Thursday joined Jammu and Kashmir National Conference.
Welcoming former Broadcaster into the party fold, party vice president Omar Abdullah said, “Our party stands for equitable development approach for meeting the needs of under-served communities through policies and programmes that reduce disparities by fostering development towards creating strong and vibrant communities.”
Party vice president, while welcoming the new entrant said, “The party will surely benefit from Bajad sahib’s experience in public life.”
Senior leaders Muhammad Ramzan choudhary, Muhammad Akbar lone, Nasir Aslam Wani were also present on the occasion.
Bajad is also Secretary Gujjar Desh Charitable Trust Sunjuwa By pass Jammu and also a trustee of J&K Peoples Educational Trust. He is also associated with many social and literary organizations.
Meanwhile in a separate function at party head quarters Nawa- e –Subha, Srinagar, party general secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar welcomed the new entrant into the party fold. Among others Qaisar Jamheed Lone, Javed Dar, Ghulam Hassan Rahi was also present on the occasion.

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