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In a first, JK to have full-fledged Anti-Corruption Bureau

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SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 24: To tackle and eradicate corruption in the State in a more effective and meaningful manner, the State Administrative Council (SAC), which met here today under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik gave nod for setting up the first-ever “Anti-Corruption Bureau” in the State.
Advisors to the Governor B B Vyas, K Vijay Kumar & Khurshid Ahmad Ganai and Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam were present at the meeting.
Briefing about the significant decision, Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam said the establishment of full-fledged Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) would do away with the shortcomings and multiplicity of roles in the existing anti-corruption mechanism operational in the State.
that ever since the placement of the State under the Governor’s Rule, the Governor’s Administration has been single-mindedly pursuing the agenda for improving delivery of development and governance in a transparent and result-oriented manner.
Keeping this objective in view, he said, the Governor’s Administration has worked out a mission which shifts the focus from outlays to outcomes and improving governance through various initiatives which, inter-alia, include establishment of cells for (a) public grievance redressal (b) monitoring identified mega projects and flagship programmes and (c) setting up of an Anti-Corruption Bureau based on the best models in the country.
Chief Secretary said with a view to providing clean, transparent and people-centric governance to the people, the Governor’s Administration recognized the need to tackle the menace of corruption as critical to good governance in the State. To achieve this, strengthening of the Anti-Corruption Laws and the Vigilance Organization based on the best models in the Country has been accorded top priority.
He said in the State, at present, there is a Vigilance Organization which implements the various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act Samvat, 2006. There is a State Vigilance Commission also. Under the existing set up, many shortcomings have been noticed which hamper the effective implementation of the provisions of the Anti-Corruption Laws, he said and added that the establishment of ACB would do away with the shortcomings in the existing anti-corruption mechanism and make it more effective in tackling graft.
He said the SAC in an earlier meeting accordingly decided to set up an “Anti-Corruption Bureau” which shall be based on the best models in the Country.
Giving details the Chief Secretary said based on careful analysis and study of the various models of the States in particular, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, a new framework/apparatus under the nomenclature “Anti-Corruption Bureau” is to be set up in J&K. “For this, amendments in the Prevention of Corruption Act Samvat, 2006 and Jammu and Kashmir State Vigilance Commission Act, 2011 have been approved to give the Anti-Corruption Bureau more teeth to deal with complaints of corruption and take these to their logical end,” he said.
He said under the Anti-Corruption Bureau, it is also planned to set up 6 additional Police Stations at Udhampur (jurisdiction Udhampur and Reasi Districts), Rajouri (Rajouri and Poonch Districts), Doda (Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban Districts), Anantnag (Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian Districts), Baramulla (Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora and Ganderbal Districts) and Central (whole of the State). While the existing 2 Police Stations of Jammu will have jurisdiction of Jammu, Samba and Kathua Districts, Srinagar Police Station will have jurisdiction of Srinagar, Budgam, Leh and Kargil Districts, he said.

SAC approves ‘Jammu and Kashmir Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2018’

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 24: The State Administrative Council (SAC), which met here today under the chairmanship of Governor, Shri Satya Pal Malik approved the ‘Jammu and Kashmir Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2018’.
The Jammu and Kashmir Goods and Service Tax Act, 2017 makes a provision for levy and collection of tax on intra-state supply of goods or services or both by the State of Jammu and Kashmir. The said Act is a replica of the Central Act on the subject. The Central Goods and Service Tax Act has been amended by the Central Goods and Service Tax (Amendment) Act, 2018.
Accordingly, Finance Department proposed amendments in the State Act with a view to end e inconveniences caused to the taxpayers, especially small and medium enterprises viz; the process of filing return and payment of tax under the Goods and Services Tax Laws. The new return filing system envisages quarterly filing of return and tax payment for small taxpayers along with minimum paperwork.
The amendments will improve the tax administration and revenue realization under the GST Act in the State.

 

SAC approves promotion of J&K Accounts (Gazetted) Service officers

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 24: The State Administrative Council (SAC), which met here today under the chairmanship of Governor, Shri Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the promotion of Mr Fayaz Ahmad Lone, Director, Accounts and Treasuries, Kashmir and Mr Mohammad Yaqoob Matoo, Director Finance, Forest Department to the Super Time Scale of the J&K Accounts (Gazetted) Service w.e.f. 11.09.2018.
The SAC also accorded sanction to the promotion of Ms. Seema Bhasin, FA & CAO, Revenue Department, Mr. Mahaesh Chander Tana, FA & CAO, School Education Department, Mr. Madan Lal, CAO, District Fund Office, Kathua, Mr. Romesh Singh, Finance Officer, SMVDU, Katra, Mr. Mazher Hussain, FA and CAO, SICOP and Mr. Ranbir Singh, FA and CAO, Public Works, PW (R&B) Department to the Special Scale of the J&K Accounts (Gazetted) Service w.e.f. 11.09.2018.


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JK Govt yet to get intimation on ECI teams visit

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Srinagar, Jan 23: Jammu and Kashmir government is yet to get a formal intimation from the Election Commission of India of a proposed visit of a commission’s team for on spot assessment of the situation for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state.
Official sources privy to developments on the conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state told that neither the government nor the office of Chief Electoral officer has got a formal intimation from the election commission of India on the visit of a team of the commission expected to make an on spot assessment of the situation before the commission takes a call on the simultaneous conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state or the holding of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections separately.
A top government official on conditions of anonymity told, “We are yet to get both the government and the office of the chief electoral officer is yet to get any intimation on the proposed visit of a team of the election commission of India for on spot assessment of the situation before a final decision on simultaneous or separate conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state.
However may be we get a call from the election commission of India on the proposed visit of its team even on January 27 as speculated in some media reports.”
Earlier, there were reports that a team of the Election Commission will soon visit Jammu and Kashmir to review the situation with political leaders and other stakeholders on polls in the state.
“A team of Election Commission will visit the state soon to have a review of situation with political leaders and other stakeholders for holding the elections,” state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shailendra Kumar had said.
On the issue of holding of simultaneous polls, the CEO informed that his office had already taken necessary steps for holding the elections, but decision lies with the Election Commission, who would take a final call at an appropriate time after taking all aspects into consideration.

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Injured Habba Kadal youth responding to treatment

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Srinagar, Jan 23: The youth from Srinagar’s Habba Kadal area, who was critically injured after CRPF personnel allegedly hurled a stone at him on Tuesday, is responding to the treatment, doctors at SK Institute of Medical Sciences told The Kashmir Monitor.

Mohammad Younis, who, as per his family, had gone to fetch vegetables, suffered a skull fracture after a stone hit him during clashes in Habba Kadal.

Initially, he was taken to SMHS hospital but the doctors referred him to SKIMS as he was stated to be critical.

 

Medical Superintendent (MS), SKIMS Dr Farooq Jan said that Younis is being treated in the surgical observation unit of the hospital.

“Patient is okay. As of now, there is no need to worry. We are closely monitoring him,” he said.

The CRPF spokesman had claimed the youth “slipped and fell down while being chased”.

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Weatherman predicts week-long dry spell in Valley

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Srinagar, Jan 23: After three-day long wet spell across Kashmir, the weather on Wednesday showed improvement with local meteorological department forecasting dry weather till January 29.
The three-day-long wet spell ended across the Valley today. The MeT department had predicted improvement in the weather conditions from Tuesday evening.
The local Meteorological department told that there is no forecast of rain or snowfall across the Valley till January 29 here, saying that the weather would remain cloudy on Jan 25.
Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Baseer Ahmad Khan has issued fresh avalanche warning for nine avalanche prone districts of Kashmir division on Wednesday.
The warning has been issued for the avalanche prone areas of district Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh of J&K state.
As per a hand out, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has asked the Deputy Commissioners of all these districts to advise the people living in avalanche prone areas not to venture out to avoid the loss of lives.
The Div Com also directed the concerned DCs to take all the precautionary measures and to keep the SDRF, Police and Para-medical staff with ambulances in readiness to avert any untoward incident.

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