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Move offices to close on Oct 26, reopen in Jammu on Nov 5

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Srinagar, Oct 4: As part of bi-annual Darbar move, the Civil Secretariat, seat of Jammu and Kashmir government, along with other offices will close here at the end of this month and reopen in the winter capital Jammu next month.
An order issued here by the General Administration Department (GAD) said: “The offices, as indicated at Annexures ‘ A and ‘0″ to this order shall move to Jammu, ‘In Full’ and ‘In Camp,’ respectively for the Winter Season-2018-19. The offices observing five-days week shall close at Srinagar on 26th October, 2018 (Friday) after the office hours and the offices observing six-days week shall close on 27″ October, 2018 (Saturday) after the office hours.”
It said all the offices shall reopen at Jammu on 5 November, 2018 (Monday). All the departments shall ensure that records are packed in boxes after the working hours on the last working day.
The offices moving in camp shall carry only 33% of the staff strength in that particular office or 10 officials, whichever is minimum or otherwise, as specifically indicated.
All the departments shall depute their advance parties on 22″d October, 2018 (Monday), consisting of one Gazetted Officer and four to five Non-Gazetted Employees who shall receive the records at Jammu.
The departments shall ensure that records are properly packed in boxes/trunks and their keys should reach the advance parties at Jammu, well in time. The SSP, Security, Civil Secretariat shall furnish a list of defaulting departments in this regard to the Government (General Administration Department) at Jammu.
J&K SRTC shall make available sufficient number of buses in good condition for transportation of Jammu based employees on 27th & 2sth October, 2018 and Srinagar based employees on 3rd & 4th November, 2018. The booking of buses shall be for destinations of the mploiees, wherever feasible. Tickets shall be issued by the SRTC in advance i.e. from 22nd October, 2018, both from the Civil Secretariat as well as from the main booking counters of SRTC.
J&K SRTC shall also make available trucks for shifting the records from Srinagar to Jammu. The trucks shall be requisitioned by the departments from SRTC and the departments shall draw advance for meeting carriage and packaging charges. The trucks shall be allowed to enter the Secretariat premises, Srinagar on 26th October, 2018 (Friday), after the working hours. Loading of records in the ofices located outside the Secretariat premises observing six-day week shall take place after the working hours on the last working day. The loaded trucks shall leave for Jammu on 2sth October, 2018 (Sunday), in a convoy.
S.S.P (Security), Srinagar will supervise the packing loading of records of the offices located outside the Secretariat from the security point of view and issue clearance certificates to the Drivers who, in turn, shall show them to the SSP(Security), Civil Secretariat, Srinagar to allow them to be included in the convoy. The SSP (Security), Civil Secretariat shall allow the entry of trucks/records in the Civil Secretariat, Srinagar/Jammu after proper scrutiny.
J&K SRTC shall ensure that one crane, two empty buses and two empty trucks accompany the convoy on the respective days so that the employees do not face inconvenience due to break down of buses/trucks on the way. Mobile workshop(s) shall also accompany the convoy.
J&K Police shall escort the convoy carrying employees and the ‘Records Convoy’ all along the route upto their respective destinations. They will also make sure that the move convoy is given precedence in crossing the Jawahar Tunnel and the Chenani-Nashri Tunnel. The Director General of Police, J&K will issue necessary guidelines to the field agencies accordingly.
The Health & Medical Education Department shall make arrangements for medical aid facilities at Qazigund, Banihal, Ramsu, Ramban, Chenani, Udhampur & Jhajjarkotli on the days when the employees travel from Srinagar to Jammu. The Principal Secretary to the Government, Health & Medical Education shall issue necessary instructions in this behalf to the Directorates of Kashmir and Jammu Divisions, accordingly.
No moving employee shall occupy any GovernmentlE.P.1 Municipal/residential accommodation except under proper allotment order. However, the employees can retain the Government accommodation allotted to them at Srinagar for bonafide use of their families under intimation to the Estates Department on approved terms and conditions. 12 the moving employees having Ration Cards at Srinagar shall surrender them to Director, Department of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Kashmir and obtain a surrender certificate. The Director, Department of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Department, Jammu will issue Ration Cards to the move employees at Jammu on the re-opening of offices.
The employees who desire to move without families may retain the Ration Cards at Srinagar for the Winter Season.
Special Move T.A. shall be paid at the uniform rate of Rs. 15,000/- per move employee. This shall be drawn and disbursed in advance. Special Move T.A. shall not, however, be payable to such of the employees who do not move before/within the prescribed date.
Advance pay shall also be authorized in terms of Rule 14.26 of the J&K Financial Code (Vol-I) in favour of such of the Non-Gazetted moving employees who may apply for the same, which shall be recoverable in installments as per rules.
Salary for the month of October-2018, in respect of all the employees working in the move offices, shall be drawn on 2znd October, 2018 (Monday).
No leave shall be admissible in combination/continuation of move days except under very exceptional circumstances.
The concerned Administrative Secretaries shall sanction leave, whatever due, under very exceptional circumstances only.
All the Administrative Departments shall detach the staff, if any, attached by them from the subordinate offices of Kashmir Division by or before ~4~ October, 2018. The SSP(Security), Civil Secretariat shall withdraw the temporary identity cards from the attached staff and submit a report to the General Administration Department 19 the office timings on the re-opening of offices at Jammu shall be as under: Civil Secretariat and Heads of Departments located within the Civil Secretariat premises: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
All Moving Heads of Departments located outside the Civil Secretariat and observing six days a week: 10:OO a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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5 dead, as many missing as avalanche hits Khardung La pass

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Srinagar, Jan 18: Five persons were killed and five others missing after their truck came under an avalanche in the Khardung La area of the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, officials said.

The avalanche hit the truck carrying 10 persons at the Khardung La pass in the Ladakh region at 7 am, an official of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) said.

The BRO pressed into service its men and machinery to rescue the passengers of the truck, who were believed to be trapped under the debris, he added.

 

The police, Army and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) personnel had also reached the spot, the BRO official said.

“So far, the bodies of five persons have been recovered from the avalanche site, while a search is on for the other missing persons,” he added.

A bulldozer driver posted at the Khardung La Pass said two tippers and a Scorpio vehicle carrying about 12 persons left towards K-top area early morning to load snow to Leh.

“One tipper was already loaded with snow. However, the mishap occurred when they were loading another vehicle. Suddenly, an avalanche hit them and 10 people in a tipper were buried under the snow,” he said.

A senior police official said, “At least 10-12 people were trapped under the snow and a body of a local resident from Leh has been recovered from the area. Fresh snowfall took place in the area on Thursday and they had gone to collect snow in a vehicle.”

Rescue teams of police, Border Roads Organisation and Jammu and Kashmir Disaster Management Force reached the spot.

A high alert for avalanche was sounded on Thursday by the administration following adverse weather advisory by the Met department.

 

Guv expresses grief, announces Rs 5 lakh compensation

Jammu, Jan 18: Governor Satya Pal Malik has expressed grief over loss of precious lives due to snow avalanche at Khardung La in Leh district, Friday morning.

In his message, a Raj Bhavan spokesperson said, the Governor prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls and strength to the bereaved families in their hour of grief.

Governor has announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs 5 lakh for the next of the kin of those killed in the avalanche.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and vice president Omar Abdullah too expressed deep sorrow over the loss of lives in the avalanche.

The party spokesman in a statement said that the duo has urged the administration to expedite the rescue operation and ensure all support to the families of the deceased.

Both Farooq and Omar urged the governor administration to gear up its men and machinery to meet any eventuality in wake of heavy snowfall as predicted by the local MeT officials.

Impressing upon the administration to ensure that people don’t have to suffer due to the vagaries of weather, the duo urged the administration to ensure all arterial and other routes are kept open to avoid any suffering to people.

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Kashmir braces for heavy snow spell from today

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Srinagar, Jan 18: As the meteorological department has predicted another spell of moderate to heavy snowfall in the Kashmir region from Saturday onwards, people in Kashmir are readying themselves by keeping ample stock of food and ensuring proper heating arrangements are put in place.

With the western disturbances likely to affect the region, the officials have also warned of disruption of road, rail and air traffic from Saturday afternoon.

“The western disturbances are most likely to affect the state and its adjoining areas from January 19 to 25, with the main activity between January 20 and 23 and gradual decrease thereafter,” Sonam Lotus, director Meteorological department said.

 

He said moderate to heavy snowfall and rain was expected at widespread places of the Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions.

“Some places may receive very heavy rain and snow during this period,” he said, adding that light snowfall would begin at a few places in Kashmir on Saturday morning and increase in intensity and distribution thereafter.

On Friday, Kargil recorded the night’s lowest temperature at minus 19.2 degrees Celsius while neighbouring Leh recorded a minimum temperature of minus 15.6, Met office said.

Drass town was the coldest in the Jammu and Kashmir at minus 27.1.

Srinagar, the summer capital of the state recorded a low of minus 0.7 while the mercury in Qazigund in south Kashmir settled at a low of minus 0.7 degrees Celsius.

Gulmarg, the famous skiing resort in north Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 10.0 degrees Celsius while night temperature in Pahalgam – the famous health resort settled at a low of minus 10.3 degrees.

Kokernag town recorded a low of minus 2.0 degrees Celsius while Kupwara town in north Kashmir registered a low of minus 2.8 degrees Celsius last night.

Jammu city recorded 5.3  degrees Celsius, Katra 6.3, Batote 2.5, Bannihal 0.7 and Bhaderwah minus 0.8 degree Celsius.

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Twin grenade attacks in city-centre, Shopian

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Srinagar, Jan 18: Less than 24 hours after the Rajbagh grenade attack, militants on Friday carried out two more grenade attacks on government forces in Kashmir, including one in the city-centre Lal Chowk here.

Militants lobbed a grenade at a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) bunker at Ghanta Ghar (Clock Tower) in Lal Chowk in the afternoon, a police official said.

The grenade exploded on the roadside, he said, adding that no one was hurt in the attack.

 

A private car parked on the roadside was partly damaged due to the explosion, the official said.

Window panes of a few shops on either side of the road were also damaged because of the blast.

This was the second such attack on government forces in Srinagar within 24 hours.

Earlier on Thursday, militants had hurled a grenade on police personnel at Zero Bridge here, resulting in injuries to three policemen.

In another incident on Friday, militants lobbed a grenade at a police camp in Gagran village of Shopian district of south Kashmir. However there was no report of loss of life or damage to property.

A police spokesperson came out with the following statement later in the day: Police had to attend two “terror” crime spots today following the reports of grenade attack by militants at Srinagar and Shopian. Officers from the local police units immediately reached to both the crime spot this (Friday) afternoon to initiate the investigation in the matter.

“While attending the crime spot, officers did not receive any report pertaining to the loss of life or property. Police has registered cases for both the incidents. Officers from the local police units are at work to establish the full circumstances which led to these incidents. If you have any information that can assist police in its investigation, you may kindly contact Police,” the spokesperson said.

The three attacks come days ahead of the Republic day and is likely to push government forces for taking even more stringent ‘security’ arrangements, especially in and around the city.

Later in the day, militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed the responsibility of the grenade attacks in Srinagar and Shopian.

A spokesperson of JeM Mohammad Hassan in a statement to news agency GNS claimed that three forces personnel were injured in the attack at City Centre Lal Chowk.

He also claimed that several forces personnel were critically injured in the attack at Gagran in south Kashmir’s Shopian district.

The Kashmir Monitor also received a phone call from one Hamza Rashid, who said he was the spokesperson of Jammu and Kashmir Islamic Front, and claimed the responsibility of the Lal Chowk grenade attack.

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