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In a first, JK gets IPS officer of AGMUT cadre

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New Delhi, Sep 27: For the first time after the abrogation of Article 370, Centre on Friday approved the appointment of an IPS officer from the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre to Jammu and Kashmir.

“I am directed to convey the approval of the competent authority for appointment of Sagar Singh Kalsi, IPS (AGMUT:2010) in Anti-Corruption Bureau, Jammu and Kashmir on loan basis for a period of one year from date assumption of charge of post” said Rakesh Kumar Singh, Under Secretary, on behalf of Ministry of Home Affairs in a September 27, 2019 dated letter to Chief Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh.

“It is, therefore, requested that Sagar Singh Kalsi may be relieved immediately to enable him to take up in new Assignment in ACB, Jammu and Kashmir,” the letter.

 

Kalsi is the first AGMUT officer after the merger of Jammu and Kashmir cadre into UT cadre. Earlier, Jammu and Kashmir cadre officers used to work for the state only and couldn’t have been transferred outside the state except for central deputation.

Similarly, the government could not have transferred UT cadre officers to Jammu and Kashmir.

AGMUT division deals with all legislative and constitutional matters relating to Union territories, including the National Capital Territory of Delhi.

It also functions as the cadre controlling authority of the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMU) cadre of Indian Administrative Service (IAS)/Indian Police Service (IPS) as also Delhi-Andaman and Nicobar Island Civil Service (DANICS)/Delhi-Andaman and Nicobar Island Police Service (DANIPS). Besides, it is responsible for overseeing the crime and law and order situation in UTs.

The Centre on August 5 had announced the decision to abrogate Article 370 of the constitution which gave special status to Jammu Kashmir. It also announced the decision to bifurcate the state into two Union Territories. (ANI)


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Vijay Kumar appointed senior security adviser in home ministry

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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

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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

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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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