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.
DGP calls Armed Police as backbone of J&K Police
Srinagar, July 23: Director General of Police (DGP), J&K, Dilbag Singh Tuesday said that Armed Police is the backbone of the J&K Police.
The DGP said this during his visit to Armed Police Headquarters (APHQ), Karan Nagar, Srinagar, where he was received by the ADGP (Armed) J&K S.J.M. Gillani and other officers of the Armed Police Headquarters.
The DGP in his address said that Armed Police is the backbone of the J&K Police with having highest number of personnel on its roll who are doing their duties at multiple places and are entrusted with multiple tasks.
Dilbag Singh complimented Armed Police for handling law & order, security and other multifarious jobs in the State and currently having huge deployment in Amarnath Yatra including the Mountain Rescue Teams (MRTs), and also praised the role of Armed Police in counter insurgency grid.
The DGP while complementing the role of MRTs in rescuing hundreds of the yatries said that Governor Satya Pal Malik and Advisors of the Governor have hailed the role of these MRTs. Their role has been highlighted by the national media and Yatris, he added
The DGP also expressed his satisfaction for safe and smooth conduct of Yatra from both sides for which Armed Police is deployed along with district police of South Kashmir and Central Kashmir. The DGP also underlined the Armed Police for making significant contribution during the Panchayat, Urban Local Bodies and Parliamentary elections. During his address the DGP advised the officers to focus on skill development of the police personnel to further improve their efficiency. The DGP also impressed upon regular welfare measures for the officers/jawans.
While congratulating the Armed Police personnel SgCt. Nazir Ahmad and SgCt. Falil Singh for scaling the Mount Everest and also other personnel who have brought laurels to the Police by winning medals, the DGP impressed that more and more attention must be given to the Central Sports teams.
Earlier, on his arrival the DGP was given a ceremonial guard of honour. Thereafter DGP chaired a meeting which was attended by senior police officers and reviewed the functioning of the Armed Police wing. The meeting which was attended by ADGP CID, J&K Dr. B. Srinivas, ADGP (Armed) S.J.M. Gillani, ADGP Law & Order/Security Munir Ahmad Khan, IGP Armed Kashmir Vijay Kumar, IGP (Pers.) PHQ J.P. Singh and IGP Kashmir S.P. Pani.
ADGP (Armed) J&K S.J.M Gillani briefed the DGP regarding functioning and deployment of the different battalions of the Armed Police. He projected the requirements and plans with regard to the Armed battalions to which the DGP said that they would be sympathetically looked into. ADGP (Armed) J&K during his briefing highlighted that the training, welfare and equipment needs of the force will be taken care of. The ADGP also put forth certain requirements with regard to the body gears of the law and order personnel for their day to day duties.
License to kill corrupt ‘ridiculous’: Geelani
Srinagar July 23: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Tuesday said that the license to kill corrupt people is a “ridiculous” option to weed out the menace.
In a press statement issued here, Geelani said that the ‘arrogance of power, whether individually or collectively, makes one to lose his wits and cross every moral, human, ethical, democratic and constitutional limits.’
He was commenting on the recent statement made by the governor where the latter had suggested militants that instead of killing SPOs and PSOs, they should kill corrupt politicians who have looted the State from so many decades.
“License to kill corrupt people is a unique and ridiculous option to weed out this menace. This is unfortunate that a country, claiming to believe in ‘non-violence’ and proudly labeling itself world’s largest democracy, its official representatives openly encouraging violence only unmasks the real face of proud killers of Gandhi,” Geelani said.
“Although it is a fact that our political vultures/brokers have time and again mortgaged their conscience and honor for their petty personal perks and privileges, but if one goes down the lane in history, they have been encouraged to loot the national assets, in the form of vandalization, political arrogance, executive highhandedness and electrical malpractices,” he alleged.
He said that only and best way to check and root out corruption is to respect the sentiments of the people and ensure their basic and fundamental rights, “otherwise force and might help in thriving these social evils without any accountability.”
The Hurriyat (G) chairman strongly condemned the “venomous and immoral statement of Dogra progeny about 13 July martyrs and said that killer of lakhs of Muslims of Kashmir can’t have a better heir than his own grandson.”
Blaming noble souls, who sacrificed their lives to uphold their faith, Geelani said that it is nothing but outburst of that genetic hatred that his ancestors were proudly symbolic of.
CB probe against Akhtar: Mehboob Beg distances himself from party statement
Srinagar, July 23: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehboob Beg on Tuesday distanced himself from the recent statement sent from the party headquarters over the probe by Crime Branch against Naeem Akhtar.
Earlier, Beg was quoted in a statement issued by PDP, in which the party defended its senior leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar Andrabi, saying the probe initiated against him by the Crime Branch was baseless and motivated.
“I have no idea about the statement. I wasn’t even consulted before issuing this statement in press,” Beg however said while talking to media.
He added that he has also talked to party leaders in this regard and asked why a statement has been issued without taking him into the consideration