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SAC approves 5% hike in DA of Government employees, pensioners

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SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 23: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the release of an additional installment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Government employees and pensioners w.e.f 01.07.2019 representing an increase of 5% over the existing rate of 12% of the basic pay/pension.

The decision will benefit around 4.5 Lakh Government employees and 1.6 Lakh pensioners.

The arrears accumulated on account of DA hike will be paid in cash in the month of November, 2019. The impact on the State exchequer on account of enhancement of DA would be Rs. 725 Crore for the Financial Year 2019-20. 

 

Approves creation of a new Department of Registration with necessary staff for registration of various deeds/documents

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 23: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the creation/establishment of a new Department of Registration under the Registration Act, 1908 (Central Act), now applicable to Jammu and Kashmir with effect from 31.10.2019 in terms of the Jammu and Kashmir Re-organization Act, 2019.  The Department of Registration shall function under the overall administrative control of the Revenue Department.

In order to make the Department of Registration functional and provide hassle free and speedy service to the citizens for registration of documents pertaining to immovable property like sale, gift, mortgage, lease, bequest etc, SAC approved creation of 464 new posts under various categories. The posts include one post of Senior Law Officer, three posts of Headquarter Assistants, one post of Programme Manager, two posts of Legal Assistant, three posts of Jr. Scale Stenographer, one post of driver and eight posts of orderlies for the Apex monitoring (UT level) office set up, 22 posts each of Registrars, Data Entry Operators, reader, Junior Assistants (Nazir) and orderlies for the District  (Registrar) Level office set up and 67 posts each of Registrars, Data Entry Operators, reader, Junior Assistants (Nazir) and orderlies for the Sub-Divisional (Sub-Registrar) Level Office set up.

SAC approved appointment of Additional Deputy Commissioners and Sub-Divisional Magistrates/Assistant Commissioners Revenue to exercise the powers of Registrars and Sub-Registrars, respectively, within such jurisdiction to be notified by the Revenue Department for purposes of the Registration Act, 1908.

Trauma centers at Gund , Ramban , Udhampur

SAC approves creation of 102 posts

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Srinagar, Oct 23: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the creation of 102 posts (34 posts per centre) for three Trauma Centres at Gund (Ganderbal), Ramban and Udhampur.

The posts include one post each of Consultant Surgeon, Consultant Physician, Consultant Gynecologist, Consultant Pediatrics, Consultant Anesthesia, Consultant Ophthalmology, Consultant Orthopedics and Consultant Radiology, three posts of Medical Officer, two posts of Lab Technician, seven posts of Jr. Nurse, two posts of X-Ray Assistant, two posts of Lab Assistant, two posts of Theatre  Assistant, two posts of Theatre Boy, two posts of Ward Boy and four posts of Nursing Orderly for each of the three trauma centres.

It is noteworthy to mention that the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme —`Capacity Building for Trauma Care Facilities in Government Hospitals on National Highways’ sanctioned ten Trauma Centres in the J&K during the 11th Five Year Plan period. All ten Trauma Centres are functional and delivering the trauma care services. However, additional posts to tackle the patient load in trauma centres were created in respect of seven centres only. The remaining three centres at Gund (Ganderbal), Ramban and Udhampur were functioning on internal arrangement basis. In the absence of sanctioned staff, the trauma centers could not function to the desired extent.

With the creation of additional 102 posts (34 posts per centre) for Trauma Centres at Gund (Ganderbal), Ramban and Udhampur, which includes 8 Specialists and 3 Medical Officers per centre, these centers will be in position to render efficient and speedy services, thereby, saving precious lives.

Pay disparity of Head Constables of JK Police addressed

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Srinagar, Oct 23: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the stepping up of pay of senior officials (Police Head Constables) to address the pay disparity at the level of Head Constables of Jammu and Kashmir Police vis-à-vis their juniors, in relaxation of the rules, prospectively, from the date of issuance of orders.

SAC further directed that such anomaly should not be allowed to arise in future and the constables who are due for in-situ promotion before their functional promotion should be considered for the same before granting them any functional promotion.

The decision will benefit about 6000 Police personnel, ensure pay parity, remove existing pay anomalies and prevent such recurrence in future. This will also boost the morale of the Police personnel.

Posts created for efficient functioning of new District Jail, Pochal, Kishtwar

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Srinagar, Oct 23: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the creation of 16 posts for new District Jail, Pochal, Kishtwar.

The posts include one post of Assistant Superintendent, one post of Head Warder, seven posts of SGW/Warder and one post each of Warder/DRV, Computer Assistant, Sr. Assistant, Jr. Assistant, Electrician, Barber and Safaiwala.

Presently, the Jail is being run on internal arrangement basis. The creation of posts will improve the functioning and management of the Jail.

New Police Sub-Divisions for Marwah,Gurez approved

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SRINAGAR, OCT 23: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik approved creation of Police Sub- Division at Marwah in District Kishtwar.

SAC approved creation of nine posts for the Police Sub-Division, Marwah. The posts include one post each of Deputy Superintendent of Police, Head Constable and Selection Grade Constable, four posts of Constable and two posts of Constable (Ops).

SAC also approved creation of a Police Sub Division at Gurez, to be headquartered at Dawar in District Bandipora, and creation of one post of Deputy Superintendent of Police for the Police Sub Division, Gurez.

It would be pertinent to mention that Marwah and Gurez Sub Divisions encompass vast area mostly with tough terrain. The distance from Marwah to the District Headquarters at Kishtwar is about 70 Km via Dachhan and 250 Km via Sinthan Top. Similarly, the distance from Gurez to District Headquarters at Bandipora is over 65 Kms. Due to lack of proper accessibility to these areas, the grievance redressal in these areas needed further attention.

The creation of Police Sub- Divisions at Marwah and Gurez will bring people of these areas closer to civil and police administration and help to address their grievances effectively.


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Abrogation of Article 370 : Constitution bench to begin hearing from December 10

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NEW DELHI: The Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court will begin hearing on a batch of petitions challenging the abrogation of Article 370 by the Centre and the reorganisation of the former state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories from December 10.

The matter was listed for hearing on Thursday but the top court postponed the hearing in the case till December 10.

It may be recalled that a batch of petitions had been filed in the top court by leading Kashmiri politicians and activists challenging the Centre’s August 5 move to abrogate Article 370 that gave special status to the former state of Jammu and Kashmir.

 

In its October 24 order, the Supreme Court had said that the petitions challenging the validity of provisions of Article 370, which was abrogated by the Centre on August 5, and Article 35-A would be dealt with by its 5-judge Constitution bench which is hearing the Kashmir matter.

Some of the petitioners had then told the top court that they have filed pleas challenging the existence of provisions of Articles 370 and 35-A which granted special status to J&K before the Centre came out with the decision to abrogate them.

The five-judge constitution bench had on October 1 given four weeks to the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir administration to file counter-affidavits on the petitions and also put an embargo on the filing of any fresh writ petition challenging the constitutional validity on abrogation of Article 370.

In 2014, an NGO ‘We The Citizens’ had filed a petition in the apex court challenging the constitutional validity of Article 35A. Later, six other pleas were also filed in the top court on the issue.

The top court had then dismissed the pleas and directed the petitioners to approach the high court.

Article 35A, which was incorporated in the Constitution by a 1954 Presidential Order, accorded special rights and privileges to the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir and bars people from outside the state from acquiring any immovable property in the state.

It denied property rights to a woman who marries a person from outside the state. The provision, which leads to such women from the state forfeiting their right over property, also applied to their heirs.

However, after the Centre’s move to scrap the Article 370, the provisions of Article 35A became null and void and all central rules became applicable in J&K after it was formally split in two Union Territories on the night of October 31.

Article 370 was included in the Constitution as a “temporary provision”. Courtesy this section, the residents of J&K lived under a separate set of laws dealing with property ownership and citizenship. Article 370 also fanned separatist emotions and enabled terrorism, the ruling BJP had contended while introducing the bill.

The two new UTs came into existence on the 144th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who played a crucial role in integrating 560 princely states into India.

After the bifurcation of J&K, the number of states in India stands at 28, and UTs at nine.

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LG reviews school edu, languishing projects

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Jammu, Nov 13: Lt. Governor Girish Chandra Murmu reviewed the progress of languishing projects being funded by the Jammu and Kashmir Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation Ltd. He also reviewed the status of Prisons department and School Education sector in separate meetings held at the Civil Secretariat, here on Wednesday.

BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Arun Kumar Mehta, Financial Commissioner, Finance; Bipul Pathak, Principal Secretary to Lt. Governor were among the officers present on the occasion.

Mehta informed Lt. Governor that JKIDFC has taken up 2,274 languishing projects with an investment of Rs. 9111.25 crore.

 

Lt. Governor directed Mehta to give preference to local labour and oversee that the labour laws are being adhered to by the agencies responsible for engaging workforce and check whether insurance cover is available to all of them.

He stressed keeping provision for maintenance of all the assets and creation of amenities like overhead water tanks, library, common field in all the residential projects. He emphasised strict quality control, use of anti corrosion building material, compressive strength test for roads and suggested avoiding cost and time overruns in infrastructure projects.

Lt. Governor advised wide publicity of the completed projects with dissemination of information regarding date of sanctioning and completion of the project so that people become aware of the facilities created for their convenience.

In another meeting of the Department of Home attended by Shaleen Kabra, Principal Secretary Home and V.K. Singh, DGP Prisons, a detailed presentation was given by Kabra on the status of available infrastructure, occupancy of jails and present capacity. He informed about the initiatives of the Department of Prisons for welfare of prisoners.

Lt. Governor discussed in detail the status of under trials, convicts, condemned and detenues under the common law and militancy related laws. He directed fast track recruitment of staff on vacant positions and completion of all the under construction infrastructure projects of the Department at the earliest.

During the review of School Education department which was attended by Sarita Chouhan, Commissioner Secretary School Education and Directors of Education, Lt. Governor advised regular health check-ups of students at least twice a year and generation of their health cards. Lt. Governor suggested check-ups in presence of parents so that they could be made aware of their children’s health issues. He directed for creating health check up calendars in consultation with Health Department.

Lt. Governor suggested regular training for improving quality of teaching, survey of facilities available in science and computer laboratories, check availability of drinking water and toilet facilities in schools, identify vacancies of lecturers and teachers for the next 5 years.

The Secretary School Education was directed to organise first health check up in the month of December in  summer zone and in the month of March in schools falling under winter zone. She was asked to ensure 100 % availability of drinking water supply in all the schools by 31st December 2019 and complete survey of science and computer laboratories within the next 15 days.

Lt. Governor directed for filling up vacant positions in the department at the earliest and stressed enhanced focus on schools having Gross Enrolment Ratio of less than 25 %.

Accords sanction to contingency fund

Jammu, Nov 13: Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu under section 69 of J&K Reorganization Act, 2019 Wednesday accorded sanction for the establishment of “Contingency Fund” for the Union Territory of the Jammu and Kashmir.

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Journos protest against 100 days of internet blackout

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Srinagar, Nov 12: Journalists in the Valley took out a protest march here against the continued suspension of internet services which completed 100 days on Tuesday since the abrogation of the Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5.

Scores of journalists working with different media organisations assembled at the Kashmir Press Club here and took out a protest march against the snapping of internet services in the Valley on the night of August 4, hours before the Centre revoked the state’s special status under Article 370 and abrogated it into two Union Territories.

The journalists demanded immediate restoration of the services to facilitate the media persons to discharge their professional duties.

 

“We took out the protest against the suspension of internet services for 100 days now. Internet is a basic took for journalists to discharge their professional duties and we demand its immediate restoration,” senior journalist Pervez Bukhari told reporters after the protest.

The Centre’s August 5 decision led to an unannounced shutdown in the valley even as authorities imposed severe restrictions, including on communication, which were later gradually eased out.

Postpaid mobile services on all networks were restored in the Valley on October 14, 72 days after they were snapped. However, pre-paid mobile phones and all internet services continue to remain suspended since August 5.

The government has set up a ‘Media Facilitation Centre’ at a conference hall of a local hotel here for journalists to discharge their professional duties. But the media persons complain that it has not enough computers and they have to wait for hours for their turn.

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