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JAKEDA review meet: Industrial Bio-tech parks to come up at Handwara, Kathua




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.



Amit Shah’s West Bengal speech clear call for Hindu Rashtra: PDP



Srinagar, Jan 23: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday termed the BJP President Amit Shah’s West Bengal speech an open call for a Hindu Rashtra and said that the Saffron party chief has challenged the very idea of India.

Shah while addressing a rally at West Bengal said that Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh need not be afraid in India because the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has been brought to grant them citizenship. He also termed Muslims as infiltrators and stated that time for their deportation has come.

“This is nothing but an open call for a Hindu Rashtra. Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in itself is laying foundations of a Hindu Rashtra and exclusion of Muslims and Christians. What Amit Shah has said is communal poison and this is a moment of challenge for right thinking Indians who still believe in Idea of India as we have always been made to believe,” said senior PDP leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar.


He added that the statement of BJP President has sent a very negative message to the communities other than the country’s majority community. Such remarks, said Akhtar, aren’t being taken positively in the states like Jammu and Kashmir which have Muslim majority character and other states with sizeable Muslim and Christian population like Kerala, West Bengal, UP and Bihar and northeast states.

“What Amit Shah has said negates the essence, letter, and spirit of the constitution of India which is a covenant of all communities, all classes, and all people of the county to live together,” Akhtar said.

The PDP leader said that the BJP is setting up a dangerous game for electoral gains in the country and is playing a communal hatred card as last resort to win elections. “Unfortunately, BJP has only one goal and that is to win elections at whatever cost. The real issues facing the country including the problems of Jammu and Kashmir which are of a major nature besides joblessness, agrarian crises have been thrown in cold storage,” Akhtar said.

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Beware of activists impacting K-movement: Geelani to Youth



Srinagar, Jan 23: When young blood is so enthusiastic to achieve their goal, no power on earth can force them to subjugation; this was stated by Hurriyat (g) Conference, Syed Ali Geelani, in a telephonic address to the mourners of the slain  Dr Shams-ul-Haq at Soghan Shopian on Wednesday.

Quoting Geelani, the spokesman in a statement said that Hurriyat (g) chairman reiterated his pledge to take the movement to its logical end and will never allow anybody to barter the precious blood of “martyrs”.

“We need to be aware of this and we are duty bound to safeguard their sacrifices and should desist from such activities which prove detrimental for our movement,” he said.


He said that deceitful slogans of development, prosperity or material gains can never be a substitute for freedom. Politicians have turned into political leeches, sucking every drop of our blood to satisfy their “masters” in Delhi.

The separatist leader said that our movement has become so precious that no perk and privilege can compel us for any compromise.

Stressing upon people in general and youth in particular, Hurriyat (g) chairman said that we need to strengthen our faith and protect our civil, social, religious and human liberties, avoid miss deeds and nourish the Islamic culture in our homes and society without indulging in sectarian hatred and social evils.


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Forces ‘torture’ compels youth to join militancy: Yasin Malik



Srinagar, Jan 23: Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik while condemning the ongoing “killings” in Kashmir on Wednesday said that killing of more than half a dozen Kashmiris at Budgam and Shopian during last two days and assault on a civilian at Haba-Kadal are “exhibition of colonial mindset of government forces who only know to kill, injured and humiliate humans at will”.

The party spokesman said that killing of many more youth at Budgam and Shopian namely Syed Rubaan, Zahid Ahmad, Shams-Ul-Haq, Tawseef Ahmad, Sabzar Ahmad, Amir Ahmad Butt, as part of unabated killings, JKLF chairman said that first government forces “torture, torment, humiliate Kashmiri youth and leave no place for them to pursue a peaceful path and then eliminate them in CASO’s and crackdowns”.

Citing the example of a young Syed Ruban of Nazneenpora Shopian, Malik said that one of his relatives had joined militancy, and then the army, SOG and police started raiding his house, arresting him, torturing and humiliating this gentle soul on daily basis.


On June 19, 2018, his residence was raided during night hours and he along with his brother Syed Tajamul was severely tortured and this humiliating torture became a turning point for him as he left his

Meanwhile, JKLF chairman has expressed his heartfelt grief and sorrow over the demise of youthful Abdul Rashid Shigan of Batamaloo presently at HMT who passed away recently.


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