Jammu, Nov 28: Advisor to Governor, Kewal Kumar Sharma, Wednesday chaired a meeting with senior functionaries of Science and Technology Department and reviewed the working of Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development Agency (JAKEDA) and Jammu and Kashmir Science Technology and Innovation Council (JKST&IC) here at Civil Secretariat.
The meeting was attended by Secretary, Science & Technology (S&T), Sheikh Fayaz Ahmad, Joint Director, S&T, Girdhari Lal Attri, Under Secretary, Ishtiaq Ahmad, CEO, JAKEDA, Dr P R Dhar, Statistical Officer, Ravi Shanker, Executive and Assistant Engineers JAKEDA, Joint Directors, JKST&IC Assistant Director, (P) JAKEDA, AD Finance JAKEDA, besides, AD/District Coordinator, JKST&IC, and other concerned.
The Advisor had a detailed review of the overall functioning and structure of the Science and Technology Department and several initiatives being undertaken by the department.
While reviewing the working of JAKEDA, the Advisor was briefed about its objectives, State Plan under Capex Budget, Solar initiatives in the State and targets for Grid-connected Solar Sector, Policy on Net-Metered System, fund requirement and etc.
The meeting noted that under targets for Grid-connected Solar Sector, the state has been allocated a collective target of 1150 MW to be achieved by the end of 2022 out of which 450 MW have to be achieved through Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Power. The MNRE, GoI is providing 70% subsidy to the domestic consumers and institutions registered under Societies Act and maximum of 60% to the Government Institutions-Achievement-Linked Incentive for Government sector.
The Advisor further took a detailed assessment of the RTPV Cost Analysis. It was informed that each 100 MW RTPV installation in the Government sector will result in the generation of 131.4 MU of clean energy per year. It will reduce the technical transmission and distribution losses by 9.89 MU per year and also reduce 3.07 Million Tonnes of CO2 emissions over 25 years.
Regarding the Targets for Grid-connected Solar Sector, it was informed that MNRE has sanctioned 2 MW aggregate capacity of Grid-tied Rooftop Solar Power Plant ranging from 1-500 KW capacity for domestic /institution and government sector which has been completed on time.
During the last few years, JAKEDA has distributed around 91,000 Solar Home Lights and 3,000 Solar Street Lights under Remote Village Electrification (RVE) programme in 280 un-electrified villages and 278 un-electrified hamlets of the state besides 30,000 SHLs under JNNSM programme in various parts of the State. JAKEDA has also installed and commissioned about 250 off-grid Solar Power Plants ranging from 5-150 KW capacity at various locations including District/ Sub-District Hospitals, Community Information Centers, Educational Institutes and Religious places.
Regarding Mega Size Solar Power Plants, the pre-feasibility analysis shows that the sites at four locations- Nangali, Bhoond, Draman and Hutt in Basholi Tehsil of Kathua District could be developed for setting up of the power projects.
It was further said that JAKEDA has identified 13 Small Hydel Projects potential sites having an aggregate capacity of 114.5 MW under Prime Minister’s Development Package.
The Advisor also had a brief overview of the working of Science Technology and Innovation Council (ST&IC) and the projects under implementation including Industrial Biotechnology Parks, Project K-5000 and Science Centers.
It was informed that Industrial Biotechnology Parks are coming up at Braripora in Handwara (Kashmir) and Ghati in Kathua (Jammu) on 10 acres of land each, costing around Rs 84.66 crore with facilities like Micro-Propagation, Instrumentation and Analytical, Business Development of Biotech, Entrepreneurship Development through Enterprise Zone and many alike.
Under Project K-5000, Demonstration Farms OF Medicinal and Aromatic Plants are being established in different villages on 5000 kanals of land over 3 years of time. The main objectives of the project are to create awareness of cultivation and processing of medicinal and aromatic cash crops among the farmers, to provide planting material and infrastructural support for distillation and value-addition to farmers/growers, to promote agri-preneurship, biotech-preneurship in the state.
Further, two Science Centers have been proposed by JK ST&IC.
The Advisor said that the Solar Policy in the State is progressing but at the same time, Solar Policies under progressive implementation in other states needs to be looked into so that amendments can be taken up by the concerned authorities to speed up the adoption of solar power in the state. He further asked for the consideration of the revision of Solar Policy applicable for Net Metering.
The officers of the concerned department shall visit the Industrial Biotechnology Park at Lucknow on which the Model for the said parks in the state is being developed.
At the outset, the Secretary, S&T briefed the Advisor about the role assigned to the designated officers of the department and its subordinate offices.
Rasheed asks govt to involve militant leadership into dialogue process
Srinagar, June 25: Asking Delhi to give up its rhetoric and double standards, AIP President Er Rasheed has said that time is ripe for Delhi to accept ground realities and realize that there is no shortcut to the resolution of Kashmir dispute except respecting sentiments and sacrifices of people of Jammu and Kashmir and resolving the issue as per UN resolutions.
In a statement issued on Tuesday Er Rasheed said that on an occasion when Home Minister Amit Shah is visiting Kashmir, he needs to move beyond beaten tracks.
Er Rasheed said, “If Hurriyat is showing its willingness for talks it should not be seen as their weakness but as an opportunity to find an everlasting resolution to the internationally recognized dispute.”
“Both Delhi and Hurriyat leadership must restrain from imposing any pre-conditions for entering into dialogue process,” he said.
“Those trying to see Hurriyat’s willingness for talks as their weakness are living in fool’s paradise as Hurriyat is the custodian of sacrifices and represents sentiments and sacrifices of people of J&K,” he added.
Er Rasheed added that the muscular policy has failed in the past when inhuman operations like catch and kill and operation tiger were tested on unarmed Kashmiris.
He said, “All the stakeholders must understand that J&K dispute is a political one and finding any military resolution will never succeed.”
“It is time to give up ego and involve militant leadership into the meaningful dialogue process and resolve the issue once for all,” said Er Rasheed.
“Without taking militant leadership on board Hurriyat may not be able to deliver much. All the three parties including militant leadership must help in creating a conducive atmosphere for the meaningful dialogue,” he said.
Er Rasheed urged Amit Shah to move beyond official briefing which he may get from state administration and security agencies and urged Shah to ensure that security forces are made accountable and honour and dignity of masses is restored.
Congress strong enough to overcome challenges: Mir
Srinagar, Jun 25: The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) held an important party meeting of Ex. Ministers & Ex. Legislators to debate and discuss the socio-political scenario obtaining in Jammu and Kashmir.
The party also held detailed discussions over the organization affairs and activities in JK, emphasizing the leadership to further strengthen the Party at grass roots level.
The meeting was presided over by JKPCC President G.A. Mir.
Those who attended the meeting included senior party leaders Peerzada Mohd. Sayeed, Taj Mohi U Din, Ghulam Nabi Monga, Haji Abdul Rashid Dar, Usman Majeed, Mohd Amin Bhat, Shoiab Nabi Lone, Gulzar Ahmad Wani, Bashir Ahmad Magrey, Syed Bashir, Abdul Rehman Dar and others.
JKPCC President held threadbare discussions over the organizational affairs and activities, emphasizing the leadership to further strengthen the Party from grass roots level.
On this occasion G.A. Mir said Congress Party is a vibrant situation in all the three regions, fully capable to overcome the challenges and strong enough to defeat the forces inimical to peace and stability in the country and State.
Mir said Congress party will ensure defeat of divisive and fascist forces, which are hell bent upon to divide the people on regional and religious lines to serve their vested interests. “We have always strengthened the secularism and unity in the country, state and will continue to unite the people,” G.A Mir said.
“Congress party is committed to safeguard the secular fabric in the country won’t allow communal forces to vitiate the atmosphere of harmony and peace in the Country and State,” Mir added.
He said Congress party is the only unifying force in the country and State because the party believes in uniting the people, it will continue to work as a bridge between the communities in the Country and State.
The meeting finalized the district wise and constituency wise party conventions being organized across Kashmir valley.
SMC organizes Swachh Bharat Abhiyan prog at Karan Nagar
‘Efforts need to be put in to preserve Kashmir’s unparalleled beauty’
Srinagar, June 25: Continuing with its three-day event for welfare of Safaikaramcharis, Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Tuesday organised a Swachh Bharat Abhiyan program here at SMC central office Karan Nagar.
Chairman National Commission for Safai Karamcharis, Valaji bhai Zala, who was the Chief Guest on the occasion, said that Swachh Bharat Abiyan needs to be connected with one and all.
“Not only safai karamcharis but people from all walks of life particularly students who are future of this country should join hands and connect with this nationwide cleanliness/Swachta campaign as it is the most important topic which our kids and students and be aware of this mission,” Zala said.
He also said that Kashmir has rightly been called as paradise on earth for its unparalleled beauty, serenity and fresh air, but it needs to be retained and restored by putting in every effort.
He said therefore, Swachta, which not only includes sanitation but preservation of water bodies, lakes, rivers, curbing use of polythene etc needs to be taken on the wider scale and its logical end.
Deputy Mayor Shiekh Imran, Commissioner SMC Khursheed Sanai also spoke on the occasion.
During the program students from various schools and IEC Partners delivered speeches on Swachta.
At the end of the event Zala flagged off the Abiyan and along with students, Karamcharis and SMC officials marched towards Karan Nagar to take out rally and conducted sanitation drive.
Earlier Valaji Bhai Zala along with his team visited Safaikaramcharis Samoon colony at Solina.
The inhabitants of the colony apprised him about various issues and demanded construction of community hall in the area for organising social gatherings within the community. They also requested him to take note of lack of proper drainage system in the colony and also providing of allotment papers of their houses for proper rehabilitation.
Zala, who was accompanied by Deputy Mayor, Commissioner SMC, Chairman safaikaramcharis workers union and other senior officers of the Corporation, assured them to take up the meeting with Chief Secretary to discuss all the issues for their redressal.