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Labour dept finally gets online portal

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Jammu, Nov 26: The Labour Department Tuesday went online offering host of services as Advisor to Governor Khursheed Ahmed Ganai launched the departmental portal here before taking a review of performance of its different wings.

The portal jointly created by Labour department and SICOP will offer 31 services of twin organizations, including benefits under various welfare schemes for the workers, payment of various kinds of fee, besides information about labour laws and rules.

Following an elaborate presentation on the working scope, workers’ welfare schemes, employment generation progammes being implemented by Entrepreneurs development Institute (EDI) given by Commissioner Secretary, Labour and Employment, Saurabh Bhagat, the Advisor asked the heads of different wings to explore the department’s massive reach by thorough understanding of laws, rules and schemes meant for benefiting huge population of working class.

The meeting was attended by Labour Commissioner, Director Employment, Senior functionaries of various boards and corporations working for emancipation of workers, women, promotion of entrepreneurship and self-employment schemes.

“The department is only second to Education sector in terms of the coverage as it is meant to serve lakhs of workers in organized and unorganized sector. You can reach them only by understanding the nerve of services, schemes and the laws and rules governing the same” Ganai asserted while addressing the officers. For this, he asked them to work hard and stretch their functioning beyond the conventional working hours. “Understanding the laws and rules is very important for effective delivery of services and realize lasting results for this extremely wide and large constituency,” he maintained.

He hailed the introduction of e- governance and IT enabled services by the department but at the same time stressed on the need to have trained people down the line for effective operation of the system.

Asking EDI to continue with its good work, the Advisor asked the functionaries to explore the scope for improvement, learning and better delivery.

Earlier, Commissioner Secretary, through power point presentation elaborated on the services being provided through the newly launched portal for the benefit of varied category of stakeholders, achievements in extending social security, insurance and health coverage services to the workers through chain of dispensaries.

The Advisor asked the department to reach out to huge population of workers in Lassipora Kashmir, Udhampur and Kishtwar districts in Jammu.

The Secretary also informed about the ESI hospitals for workers proposed to be built at Srinagar and Jammu.

The Advisor suggested for building these facilities at accessible places.

Saurabh Bhagat, further elaborated on the initiatives taken for better management of PF, creation of payment gate for disbursement of benefits to workers and other services.

He also listed the services and initiatives being offered and proposed for reaching out to the Un- organized Construction and other workers through the Board constituted for it.


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Work hard to secure NAAC accreditation: Adv Ganai to College principals

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Jammu, Dec 10: Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, Monday asked college principals for working hard to secure accreditation and motivating other colleges to initiate the process of accreditation.

He said this after inaugurating a 2-day Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop for hand-holding Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) here at GGM Science, College here.

The Advisor hoped that with NAAC support the state will be able to achieve the target of improving overall education infrastructure.

Ganai said that the State Government is keen to support the institutions for maintaining and improving their standard for NAAC accreditation. He added that various measures have already been initiated, besides providing financial assistance to colleges to achieve the goal.

The Advisor asked the Director of Colleges for initiating the process of assessing quality of lectures being delivered in colleges, besides motivating more colleges for securing accreditation for overall improvement in quality of teaching and infrastructure buildup.

Speaking on the occasion, the Advisor lauded the organizers for organizing the event and asked the trainees for utilizing the services of experts to understand the process of accreditation.

The event is being organized by National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC) in collaboration with Department of Higher Education Jammu & Kashmir to train college principals and professors on process of accreditation frame work.

Director of Colleges, Prof. Zahoor Ahamd Chatt informed that various initiatives have already been taken by the Higher Education Department to motivate more colleges to initiate the process of NAAC accreditation and so far 37 colleges have initiated the process and 33 colleges have yet to submit report in this regard. He said that the department has taken various initiatives to retain A-plus grading of accredited institutes.

Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Advisor   NAAC Dr. B.S. Ponumdiraj and Senior Communication cum Publication Officer NAAC, Dr. Wahid Hasan said that NAAC has created a special cell with a focus to assist and motivate institutions of state to get NAAC accreditation.

During the inaugural session, a 15 minute documentary was also screened to understand the process and frame work of NAAC accreditation.

Dean Research Studies University of Jammu, Prof Jigar Mohammad, Principal GGM Science College Jammu Dr. Satinder Singh, college principals and faculty from across the state were also present on the occasion.

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Complete Aadhar seeding of pensioners by Jan 15: Secy SW to officers

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Jammu, Dec 10: Secretary Social Welfare Department (SWD), Dr. Farooq Ahmad Lone Monday directed the concerned Directors to gear up and complete the Aadhaar seeding of pensioners under ISSS & NSAP Scheme by 15th of January, 2019.

The Secretary issued these instructions while reviewing the Aadhaar seeding of beneficiaries receiving pension under Integrated Social Security Scheme (ISSS) & National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) here at meeting.

Director General, Social Welfare Kashmir, Director Finance, Social Welfare Department and Director, Social Welfare, Jammu attended the meeting.

During the meeting, it was informed that in Kashmir Division the Aadhaar seeding under ISSS is 66% and under NSAP scheme the Aadhaar seeding is 38 % whereas in Jammu Division the Aadhaar seeding under ISSS as well as NSAP is 50%.

It was also decided that the pensioners/Beneficiaries shall be given an opportunity to deposit/update their Aadhaar numbers against the respective Pension Scheme/Component of ISSS/NSAP at the nearest Tehsil Social Welfare Office by/before 15th of Jan, 2019 which shall help the Social Welfare Deptt to identify and weed out ineligible beneficiaries under the different components of ISSS/NSAP Schemes viz; Old Age Pension, Widow Pension & Disability Pension and cover the pending cases.

It was given out that Pension for the Month of January 2019 onwards under different components of ISSS/NSAP Scheme shall be credited into the bank accounts of only those Pensioners/Beneficiaries whose accounts shall be Aadhaar updated/seeded except for those having valid reasons.

For availing Aadhaar services, ISSS/NSAP Scheme Pensioners/Beneficiaries have been advised to visit the nearest Child Development Project Officer (CDPO) office where Aadhaar capturing facilities are available.

 

 

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Expedite digitisation work in G&B Hostels: Secy TA to officers

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Jammu, Dec 10: Secretary Tribal Affairs (TA) and Cooperatives Abdul Majid Bhat, exhorted upon the officers to expedite the digitization works in the existing and under construction Gujjar and Bakkerwal (G&B) Hostels in the state.

“ It is imperative that these hostels are equipped with technologically advanced infrastructure to enable the students of the community keep pace with  today’s world of digital knowledge and technology”, the Secretary maintained while reviewing the functioning of tribal Affairs department at an officers meeting here today.

Stressing upon the need of providing digital services to the students, the Secretary asked the officers to speed up the work on creation of computer Lab, internet facilities and other related services in these hostels so that the students here could keep pace with the competitive world.

The Secretary asked the officers to organize debates, symposiums cultural programmes and other functions to boost morale of the students besides enabling them develop a sense of competition. Such events provide a platform to students to exhibit and further polish their talent in the fields of their choice, he added. He also asked the authorities to enhance the bedding capacity in these hostels so that the intake capacity is raised to accommodate more students.

Taking cognizance regarding lack of proper utilization of funds, Secretary exhorted the officials to ensure judicious utilization of allocated amount under different schemes so that these institutions serve as a hub of quality education and excellence for tribal students.

The Secretary asked the concerned officers to further gear up their men and machinery for quality and timely completion of all projects being executed for the welfare and development of Tribal population of the state.

Referring to certain complaints regarding poor basic amenities and unhygienic in Gujjar and Bakkerwal hostels, the Secretary exhorted upon the concerned officers to look into the matter and initiate prompt action in this regard. He asked them to ensure that the students of this under privileged community are facilitated with enhanced services with emphasis on comfortable and hygienic environment and healthy food which is pre-requisite for overall development of youth.

Majid asked the officials to raise massive awareness among the schemes and programmes envisaging overall development of tribal community who are an integral part of our society.

Director Tribal Affairs, Mushtaq Ahmad, informed the meeting that work on establishment of 19 cluster Model Tribal Villages is in full swing and the process for development of more 16 tribal villages as Model Villages is also under consideration. Besides, two Milk Villages, one at Pulwama and one at Rajouri, have also been created which are functional. He further informed that the department is also working earnestly towards skill development of tribal population besides improving services for them in health sector, agriculture and allied fields. He added that the construction work on five Eklavya Model Residential Schools and seventeen Schedule Tribe Gujjar Bakerwal hostels is in progress. Besides, the department has provided Biomass Cook stoves to about 8500 families at Kishtwar to save the tribal women from several health hazards being caused due to smoke of traditional Chullahs.

 

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