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Launch sustained drive against power pilferage: Div Com to DCs

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Srinagar, Nov 28: In order to check illegal and excessive use of electricity load by consumers, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan today directed all Deputy Commissioners (DCs) including Leh and Kargil to constitute Special inspection squads of SDM, Police, Ladies Police, Executive Engineers of PDD and revenue officers which will carry out rigorous inspections especially during evening and night hours in both meteredand non-metered areas to check hooking, illegal and excessive loads by consumers.

He also directed that the sale of heaters, boilers and other crude heating devices should be banned across all the markets of Kashmir Division. Strict action should be taken against the violators as per law and officials have been asked to send daily based report to the Divisional Commissioners office.

The Divisional Commissioner made these directions while reviewing the electricity scenario across the Kashmir Division.

The meeting was informed that PDD (EM&RE) wing caters around 9.65 lakh consumers of various categories. Out of them 42% are metered consumers and rest are unmetered. Present unrestricted peak demand of electricity is 2200 MW in which PDD fulfills 1300 MW against a registered load of 750 MW. It was further revealed that unrestricted peak demand forecast in peak winters is 2350 MW. Owing to transmission level constraints, the department cannot supply more than 1300 MW. The department is thereby constrained to enforce the curtailment so as to avoid unscheduled grid cuts and safeguard the key assets of the department. PDD had already issued area wise electricity curtailment schedule in the print media for winter months.

The Divisional Commissioner directed Chief Engineer PDD to adhere the power cut schedule in letter and spirit so that people do not face any kind of problem during winter days. All concerned AEE have been directed to share information with the concerned DCs regarding the unscheduled electricity cuts so that DCs will inform the consumers in advance. Besides, Superintending Engineers will conduct regular inspection in all grid stations across the valley.

For buffer stock, he also directed all DCs to purchase five transformers in their respective districts so that habitants do not face any inconvenience during cold days.

The Divisional Commissioner also reviewed the progress of RAPDRP, IPDS, DDUGJY, PMDP power schemes across the Kashmir division.
It was informed that an amount of Rs 146.12 crores has approved as grant from PSDF for renovation and up-gradation of existing protection system in various grid stations. Under this scheme, 21 Grid Stations are being renovated, besides each grid Station shall be provided with DG sets, Diagnostic tools and Fire Fighting & Fire Protection system.

The Divisional Commissioner stressed to expedite the works on prestigious power schemes on priority basis so that power scenario across the valley will be improved for the convenience of the consumers.

On the occasion, the Divisional Commissioner stressed upon the line officers to work with zeal and synergy with concerned Deputy Commissioners, so that the bottlenecks, if any, in the centrally sponsored power schemes are removed and also speed up the work without any further delay. He further stressed them that all pending issues should be immediately sorted out within the time frame and the centrally sponsored schemes for power sector will completed in a stipulated time.

Div Com directed the officers to expedite the work on the grid stations coming up at Alasteng and Delina, which will go a long way in strengthening the power transmission situation in Kashmir.

Chief Engineers of PDD of Systems and Operations and Generation wing, Principal Private Secretary with Div Com, all Superintending Engineers of the valley, Assistant Commissioner and other concerned officers were present in the meeting.


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‘Modi, Shah to chair party’s strategy meet for upcoming polls in Kashmir’

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Srinagar, Dec 13: Ahead of Parliamentary and Assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP National President Amit Shah would hold a meeting with state BJP leaders to discuss the strategy for the polls.

A BJP leader said that Narendra Modi and Amit Shah would seek feedback from the state party leaders for the upcoming polls. “They would discuss how to go with Parliamentary and Assembly polls,” the BJP leader said.

The Parliamentary and Assembly elections are due in April-May. The BJP leader said that they are eyeing on few seats in Kashmir. “There is likely to be pre-poll alliance with the Peoples Conference.

But still the BJP wants to win few seats from Kashmir on its own,” the BJP leader said. The BJP leader said that BJP has made inroads into the Valley for the last few years. “We have so many panchayat and urban local bodies constituencies. We also managed to make the Mayor from the Peoples Conference,” the BJP leader said.

The BJP leader said that the Prime Minister and the BJP National President will also elicit opinion from the party leaders on whether to go for simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and Assembly in April-May or defer the Assembly elections by a couple of months.

“The BJP’s preparations for the elections including retaining three Lok Sabha seats out of six it won in 2014 Lok Sabha elections and annex more will figure at the high level review meeting of the party. Similar will be the discussions on the Assembly elections as the party had won 25 seats in 2014 Assembly elections but now it wants to cross the figure of 30 though publicly the party will set the target of 44 i.e. majority mark,” the BJP leader said.

From Jammu and Kashmir, State BJP president, Ravinder Raina and General Secretary (Organizations) Ashok Koul are expected to attend the meeting.

This meeting will be joined by Ram Madhav, BJP General Secretary and party’s points man on Jammu and Kashmir, Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Dr Jitendra Singh, Lok Sabha member from Jammu-Poonch, Jugal Kishore Sharma, Ravinder Raina, Ashok Koul and some other senior party leaders from the State.

The source said that a final decision vested with the Election Commission, which has to hold Assembly polls within six months of dissolution of the House.

As the Assembly was dissolved on November 21, the elections have to be held before May 21, 2019.

According to sources, a date for visits of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah to Jammu and Kashmir will be decided by the party leaders in coming days.
While Modi is scheduled to visit the State for laying foundation stone or inauguration of some projects under the Prime Minister’s Development Plan (PMDP) etc, Shah is likely to address the party workers meeting and hold deliberations with senior party leaders to discuss the strategy for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls.

“Political situation in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections including strategy of other major stakeholders like National Conference, PDP, Congress, People’s Conference and some small players, will also be discussed at the meeting,” the source said.

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Don’t allow employees to keep their service books : Govt directs DDOs

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Srinagar, Dec 13: The Jammu and Kashmir government has directed all drawing and disbursing officers to keep the service books of the employees working in their jurisdiction in their own control and not to allow the employees to keep their service books in their custody.

They have been warned of serious action if they allow any employee to keep the service book under his/her personal custody.

The General Administration Department on Thursday issued a Government Circular vide Number 51-GAD of 2018 Dated 13_12_2018 stating that,

“The service-book of a Government servant is an important document to record all the events in his/her entire service career from the date of his appointment till his retirement. As per Article 266 of J&K Civil Service Regulations, 1956, the service-book of a Government employee is required to be kept in the custody of the concerned Drawing and Disbursing Officer.”

The order further reads, “It has been observed in some cases that original service books are not being kept in the custody of the Drawing and

Disbursing Officers but are being retained by the officers/officials in their personal custody which is contrary to the rules/procedure.”

Impressing upon all the Administrative Secretaries/Heads of the Departments to ensure proper custody of service-books of the Government employees working under their administrative control as per the procedure laid down in J&K Civil Service Regulations,” the order reads “Any deviation from the extant rules shall be viewed seriously.”

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10+2 contractual lecturers demand regularisation

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Srinagar, Dec 13: The 10+2 contractual lecturers on Thursday asked the government to regularise their services at an earliest.
Staging a protest at the Press Enclave here, under the banner of All J&K Contractual Lecturers (10+2) Forum, they raised slogans in favour of their demands.

Carrying placards, they said the government should regularise them as per the Civil Services Special Provision Act 2010.“The government should regularise us without any delay. We have been asking for it for a long time, while we have been suffering because of the authorities’ casual approach,” said Javaid Ahmad, a lecturer.

“All lecturers have been appointed after qualifying the examination. The examination was conducted by Director School Education Kashmir. We shall be allowed to work in the education department till the matter is resolved,” said President of the forum, Gurjeet Singh.

Singh, referring to the government order of 2003, said, “It is mentioned in it that the lecturers appointed on academic arrangement against this order will be regularised after three years.”

“In 2003, the term academic arrangement was changed to contractual. In 2009, General Administration Department issued an order, where it was mentioned that persons appointed on contractual basis under the order of 2003 will continue with their services till further orders,” he maintained.

They said they met the former chief secretary and advisors to the governor to discuss their demand.

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