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Govt mulls restructuring of corporations

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Srinagar, Sep 27:  Advisor to Governor, K Skandan, Fridaychaired Board of Directors (BoD) meetings of J&K State Industrial Development Corporation Limited (SIDCO), J&K Minerals Limited, J&K Cements Limited and JK Handicrafts here.

The meetings were attended by Finance Commissioner Finance, AK Mehta, Principal Secretary Industries and Commerce, Naveen Kumar Choudhary, MD SIDCO, MD JKML, MD JKCL, MD JKHC, Director Industries Kashmir, Director Industries Jammu and other concerned.

The concerned officers informed the meetings about the status of the functioning of their respective Corporations.


During the meeting, the Advisor while discussing the Action Taken Reports and agendas directed the concerned to complete annual audit reports at the earliest, besides compilation of profit and loss data.

He also suggested restructuring of some Corporations for better utilization of human resources.

At SIDCO BoD meeting, the Advisor directed the MD to constitute a three member committee to review infrastructure requirements of Industrial Estates in J&K.

The meeting was informed that the Corporation has developed 13 Industrial Estates comprising a total land bank of 26352 kanals, where 2755 units have been established.

It was given out that during the financial year 2018-19, several projects have been completed at a project cost of Rs 14,311.76 lakh while the Corporation has earmarked/allotted 877 kanals of land.

In another BoD meeting of JKML, the Advisor was informed that the Corporation has taken safety as priority for Mines Managers/ concerned officers. On regular basis officials are deputed to attend the safety training programmes / workshops to keep them abreast with latest developments in safety procedures and practices, he was told.

It was said that the Corporation has taken-up the matter of training of Mine Managers with Director General Mines Safety Dhanbad(DGMS).

The BoD meeting was also informed the Production of Gypsum has increased from targeted production of 10,000 MTS to 20,000 MTS per month and has further increased to 27,000 MTS per month in the first quarter of 2019-20. With regard to extraction from Lime Stone Quarry (LSQ) Khrew Pulwama, it was given out that once production starts it is expected to generate additional revenue of Rs 70 lakh per month.

Similarly in 101st BoD meeting of JKCL, the Advisor was informed that an amount of Rs 18.88 crore has been approved against 300 TPD Clinker grinding cum Packing unit at Samba and Rs 4 crore for construction of office complex at Panderathen under languishing projects.

Later, the Advisor chaired 124th BoD meeting of J&K Handicrafts (Sales & Export) Corporation Limited (JKHC).

The meeting was told that the Corporation is in process to renovate and remodel its other branches which have been approved under Project ‘TAMIER’ for which administrative approval has been received for an amount of Rs 468.99 lakh. The full amount has been placed at the disposal of M/S SICOP being agency for the up-gradation, the meeting was told.



Vijay Kumar appointed senior security adviser in home ministry

Press Trust of India



New Delhi, December 6: Former adviser to the Governor of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, K Vijay Kumar, has been appointed as a senior security adviser in the Union Home Ministry headed by Amit Shah, an official order said.

The 1975-batch officer of the Indian Police Service will “advise the ministry on security-related matters of Union Territory of J-K and Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-affected states,” the order said.The appointment order issued by the Union Home Ministry on December 3 stated that 67-year-old Kumar would be in the position for a period of one year from the date of his taking charge.

Kumar has served as the Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Director of the National Police Academy in Hyderabad and his most talked-about stint was as the chief of the Tamil Nadu police special task force that killed forest brigand Veerappan in 2004.After his retirement from service and as DG, CRPF, in 2012, Kumar was appointed senior security adviser (LWE) in the Home Ministry then headed by Rajnath Singh.

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Centre plans to build 11 new airports in J&K, 2 in Ladakh

Press Trust of India



New Delhi, Dec 5: As many as 11 airports in Jammu and Kashmir, and two in Ladakh have been put up for bidding under the fourth round of the regional air connectivity scheme, according to a release.

So far, 688 routes have been awarded to various air operators under the Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) that seeks to connect unserved as well as underserved destinations and also make flying more affordable.

The civil aviation ministry announced the fourth round of UDAN bidding on Tuesday and the focus is on North East Region, hilly states, J&K and Ladakh.


Under UDAN 4.0, the ministry has put on offer bids for 11 unserved airports in J&K and 2 underserved airports in Ladakh region, as per the official release issued on Thursday.

The 11 airports in J&K are Akhnur, Chamb, Chushal, Fukche, Gurex, Jhangar, Miran Sahib, Panzgam, Poonch, Rajouri and Udhampur.

The two aerodromes in Ladakh are at Kargil and Thoise.

“The objective is to establish strong air connectivity and to boost the tourism sector,” the release said.

J&K and Ladakh are now union territories.

For UDAN 4.0, initial proposals can be submitted till January 1, 2020, and counter proposals till January 13.

The declaration of selected airline operator and issue of letter of award (LoA) would be done on January 31, 2020.

Among other incentives, the ministry would be extending additional viability gap funding of around 25 per cent to the participating airlines under UDAN 4.0.

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Post offices in JK fully functional: Prasad




New Delhi, Dec 5: The total number of post offices in Kashmir is 698 and all are currently functional, the Minister of Communications and electronics and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, said on Thursday.

Replying to a query in Rajya Sabha, Prasad said there was no suspension of postal services in Kashmir post August 5.

“However, to regulate the inward mail traffic and electronic money orders, the Department of Posts temporarily suspended booking and transmission of Speed Post, Registered Post and Parcels from August 5 to August 18 and booking of electronic money orders to Kashmir from August 13 to August 27 August, on account of operational reasons, the minister said.


Department of Posts resumed inward mail services to Kashmir from the rest of country from August 19 and electronic money orders from August 28.

He also said that the government took various steps for functioning of the Post Offices to service courts and other institutions. Both wings of the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir that is Jammu wing and Srinagar Wing and all the District Courts in Jammu, Kashmir regions have been functioning normally before and after August 5.

He said that mail vehicle schedules of Kashmir have been rescheduled to forward mail bags to all the post offices during early hours of the day to avoid any damage or loss to mail vehicles, mail bags and staff. This enabled delivery of mail in all delivery areas.

The minister stressed concerned authorities have been requested to activate mobile and landline numbers of Post offices and Postmasters to provide basic postal services.

Special mail arrangements have been made with Jammu & Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation, to carry mail bags from August 18 onwards from Jammu to Srinagar.

“Monitoring of daily operations of post offices through daily reports from all the postal divisions was made and basic postal operations have been ensured for public. Pay and allowances to staff of Kashmir working in the Department of Posts are being paid regularly,” the minister said.

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