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Jammu, Nov 28: Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar Wednesday asked the State Forest Corporation (SFC) to bring efficiency in its functioning and to improve the financial health of the organization by taking innovative steps.

He pressed on re-skilling of the employees to have proper utilization of human resource available with the corporation.

The Advisor, who is also the Chairman of the corporation made these remarks while addressing the 68th Board of Directors Meeting of State Forest Corporation (SFC) at Civil Secretariat, here today.

 

The BoD meeting was attended by Principal Secretary Planning Rohit Kansal, Commissioner Secretary Forests M K Dwivedi, PCCF J&K Suresh Chugh, Managing Director JKSFC Vasu Yadav, Director General Codes Mohammad Rafi Andrabi, Chief General Manager (P&P JKSFC) A R Mogal, FA&CAO JKSFC Manohar Lal and other concerned officers.

Managing Director JKSFC gave the overview of the corporation along with its financial and physical achievements. He also presented before the meeting various agenda items for the discussion and approval.

It was informed that during 2017-18, 40.579 lakh cft of timber was extracted and sales were made upto 41.623 lakh cft thereby recording sales revenue (Net) to the tune of Rs 18800.52 whereas during the current year upto ending September 2018, 20.672 lakh cft has been extracted recording sales revenue (Net) upto Rs 8519.69 lakh.

The meeting had threadbare discussions on the various agenda items that were proposed before the Board for its approval.

It was decided in the meeting that to ensure transparency in the allotment of contracts except in case of exigencies, all the extraction works are put to tenders through e-tendering process.

With regard to the welfare initiatives for the employees of the corporation, it was approved that for payment of gratuity, the ceiling is revised to Rs 20 lakh with effect from March 29, 2018 bringing it in consonance with the Central Payment of Gratuity Act.

The board also approved increase of 12 percent Dearness Allowance (DA) in two installments of 6 percent each making it to 125 percent from the existing 113 percent, the SFC employees are presently getting.

After having thorough discussion on the available human resource and the jobs assigned to them, the meeting also agreed to re-organization proposal for making it a viable organization. The Advisor also emphasized on re-skilling of the employees making them more efficient and contributing positively for the development of the organization.

The Chairman asked for getting the positive inputs from other SFC’s in the country doing well in terms of extraction and generation of good revenue.

The board also agreed to support the Forest Department to defray the expenditure on account of marking and enumeration.

While discussing the initiatives undertaken by the corporation to ensure its operations through digital platforms, the Advisor asked for doing all the process of extraction digitally thereby ensuring zero leakage. All the services should be made online to achieve better results, he added.

“To achieve efficiency and ensure transparency in the functioning, adoption of IT-enables services is the only way which not only reduces the gaps but also improves the efficiency of any organization”, the Advisor said.

In another important move, the board also approved release of payment to Wakf Board against the stocks of Baba Reshi to the tune of Rs 1.13 crore.

The Board also had brief discussion over exploring the possibilities of medicinal plantation in the state. Forest department and JKSFC both were asked to take collective efforts for seriously looking into and taking help of the experts in the field to guide in this direction.

With a view to enhance the efficiency during extraction operations, the Advisor asked for taking steps to modernize the fleet & machinery of the corporation. “JKSFC should have best and updated machinery which would surely slash down the cost of timber extraction and increase the overall output”, the Advisor said.

During the meeting, several viable suggestions were also floated by the Directors and other concerned officers for overall development of the corporation. The management of JKSFC was asked to redouble their efforts towards making the corporation more profitable thereby making it financially robust.


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KCSDS alleges delimitation Sangh Parivar’s agenda

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Srinagar, June 14: Prominent civil society group, Kashmir Center for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) on Thursday alleged that “delimitation of assembly constituencies was the new agenda floated by Sangh Parivar and its drooling blind followers.”
In a statement issued here, KCSDS spokesperson warned government against any such misadventure as it is goaded on to act by them against all principles of justice in a democracy.
“Aggressive TV debates, columns, opinions and views have started appearing in print and social media providing the new government in effect to turn the numerical majority into a political minority in Jammu and Kashmir,” a statement issue here said.
“Imaginary grounds, bizarre justifications, outlandish claims are peddled to transplant brute majoritarianism in Kashmir to further politically disempower the Muslim majority.” “And yet the government intriguingly comes up with the allegation that it is Kashmiri political parties who are raking up the issue to deceive people.”
The KCSDS spokesperson said that the “delimitation of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly seats will end the partisanship that favors Kashmir. “We want to tell this Government that every day new narratives are manufactured in New Delhi through TV debates and social and print media to dislodge, disempower and denigrate Kashmiris to obfuscate their struggle for their rights,” KCSDS spokesperson said, adding “We are not fond of manufacturing false narratives. We have truth on our side for which we are struggling. We are compelled to respond to the falsehoods being perpetrated every day. We want to live in just peace which could dawn only by restoring people’s rights and not by snatching then under one pretext or the other.”

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World Blood Donor Day: Dulloo inaugurates mega blood donation camp at Srinagar

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Srinagar, June 14: To commemorate the ‘World Blood Donor Day’, Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education Department Atal Dulloo inaugurated a mega blood donation camp here F riday.
The camp was organized by Jammu and Kashmir State AIDS Control Society at Government Medical College, Srinagar in collaboration with the Department of Transfusion Medicine, GMC, Srinagar.
The event was aimed to raise awareness of safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood.
While appreciating the organizers of the camp, Dulloo said that such initiatives help in saving thousands of lives when several people suffer due to lack of availability of blood.
He also appealed the youth to generously donate blood for saving the precious lives.
During the camp, students from Medical College, Islamia College and Amar Singh College Srinagar also donated the blood.
Pertinently, Jammu and Kashmir State AIDS Control Society is celebrating the Day as a month-long activity during which seminars, symposiums, poster competitions will be held across all the educational institutions to create awareness among the masses regarding voluntary blood donation.

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PGRP program concludes

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Srinagar, June 14:- 23rd Postgraduate Research Presentation (PGRP) programme, which was inaugurated by the Governor Satya Pal Malik on 12th June, concluded on Friday at SKIMS auditorium.
During the event outgoing, Post-doctoral, Doctoral and Postgraduate students of SKIMS Soura, SKIMS Medical College Bemina, GMC Srinagar presented research papers on varied topics. 114 research papers were presented this year and the best research papers from Medicine and allied, Surgery and allied were awarded.
On the occasion Ex-Medical Superintended SKIMS & Dean Dr. G J Qadri was present as Chief Guest.
Director SKIMS, Dr. Omar Javed Shah appreciated presence of G J Qadri and recalled his contributions to SKIMS. Dr. O.J Shah urged young doctors to strive for honesty and be dedicated to profession.
Dr. G J Qadri in his address said that PGRPP is a platform for young doctors to present their research work, which is essential to find better ways of treatment. Every medical institute should have three focus areas which include patient care, teaching and research, he added.

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