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SAC approves transfers, postings in Forest Department






Srinagar, Oct 4: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here Thursday under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik approved the following transfers and postings in the Forest, Ecology & Environment Department.

Ravi Kumar Kesar, IFS presently PCCF-HoFF /Chief Wildlife Warden, J&K has been transferred and posted as Chairman, J&K State Pollution Control Board (SPCB). The post of Chairman, J&K SPCB is declared equivalent in status and rank to that of PCCF (HoFF), till it is held by Sh. Ravi Kumar Kesar. The charge of Chief Wildlife Warden, J&K shall be held by Mr. Suresh Chug, IFS in addition to his own duties.

Sidhartha Kumar, IFS, Chairman, J&K State Pollution Control Board has been transferred and posted as Director Ecology, Environment & Remote Sensing, J&K.


O P Sharma, IFS Director Ecology, Environment & Remote Sensing, J&K has be transferred and posted as Director State Forest Research Institute, J&K.

Narendra Pratap Singh, Director SFRI with additional charge of APCCF Planning / Projects has been transferred and posted as Project Chief IWDP-Hills, J&K relieving Sh. S. K. Gupta, IFS, Director (Social Forestry), J&K of the additional charge.

Vasu Yadav, IFS, Chief Conservator of Forests (Central) has been posted as Managing Director, J&K State Forest Corporation against available vacancy relieving Sh. Suresh Chug, IFS of the additional charge.


G. Hajam, IFS has been posted as Chief Conservator of Forests (Central) vice Vasu Yadav. A. G. Hajam will continue to hold the charge of Chief Conservator of Forests Vigilance/FCA till further orders

Ramesh Kumar, IFS, Special Secretary (Technical) has been transferred and posted as CCF Planning & Projects.        He shall continue to work as Special Secretary (Technical) with the Administrative Department till further orders.


SAC integrates JTFRP with J&K ERA

Srinagar, Oct 4: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here Thursday under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the proposal of the Planning, Development & Monitoring Department (PD&MD) to integrate the ‘Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project’ (JTFRP) as a Project (unit) with the J&K Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) and authorized ERA to make such consequential changes in the processes or structures as may be necessitated by the integration and also to enter into any correspondence or discussions with the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) of the Union Ministry of Finance and the World Bank, as may be required.

In the aftermath of devastating floods of September 2014, the Project ‘Jhelum & Tawi Flood Recovery Project’ (JTFRP) was sanctioned by the World Bank for an amount of 250 million U.S. Dollars.

The society (J&K ERA) was constituted as a Special Purpose Vehicle for Implementation of Externally Aided Projects within the territorial limits of the state (J&K) as its operational areas. The agency works under the guidance and supervision of a Board of Governors headed by the Governor.

The issue of poor performance of projects under the JTFRP since the inception of the project has been under review at various levels for quite some time now with only 2% expenditure so far in 3 years. In this process, the constraints and institutional bottlenecks hampering the accelerated pace of execution have been identified. The matter was further discussed in the 21st meeting of the Board of Governors of J&K ERA. Given, the mandate of ERA to conceptualize and implement EAP and PPP projects, it was noted that ERA had acquired the requisite expertise in the procedures and guidelines followed in the case of externally funded projects and would ensure a seamless and quick execution process.  Therefore, developing a parallel expertise in another agency would not only be time consuming but unproductive too.

In view of this, the SAC decided to integrate the JTFRP as a distinct unit (Project) within the overall ERA structure. Consequently, CEO ERA will now be the overall CEO of the integrated unit, while the Planning Development & Monitoring Department will be the administrative department of the integrated unit.





Pitiable condition of city infra deflates admin’s tall claims: NC




Srinagar, May 19: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Sunday asserted that the paucity of civic amenities in the Srinagar city and the appalling condition of city roads debunks the tall claims of incumbent governor administration on providing basic and effective amenities to the people of Srinagar.

While touring many localities of Khanyar constituency, party general secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar said that the incumbent governor administration had miserably failed to rise up to the development demands of the city of Srinagar. “The government had claimed that RS 8000 crores have been air marked for the development of Srinagar city. We had sent 8 projects from this segment for the government’s approval but so far there has been no headway in that direction. Similarly, my colleagues had also sought approval for various projects in their respective constituencies. However, our repeated pleas fell on deaf ears. We didn’t see the incumbent governor administration invest in the vital projects of Srinagar. The urban life of Srinagar city is beseeching for basic amenities. The city roads, inner routes and alleys are dotted with potholes. There has been no advance towards upgrading the existing infrastructure. The street lights are non-operational on various arterials. The work on various community halls and vital projects has been held up as well.  The pitiable condition of city infrastructure deflates the tall claims of incumbent governor administration as far as development is concerned,” he said.

Sagar made stopovers at various localities in Khanyar constituency and interacted with the people who apprised him about the paucity of commodities in the city. “People are hankering for sugar and other items. The administration has failed to maintain price stability in the Srinagar city. In our times we used to deploy flying squads to check the price rise and other irregularities including black marketing. The festivities of Ramazan have been dampened by the rampant scarcity of mutton and other edibles. The skyrocketing prices of essential commodities is also adding to the mounting woes of people. The people have been left to fend for themselves. There is no accountability on the ground. The laid back attitude of the incumbent administration has aggravated the people who don’t know where to turn to for help. If this is the condition in the capital city of Srinagar, one can better gauge what the people living in other areas must be going through,” he said.


Sagar while censuring the administration for its antipathy for Srinagar said, “I have doled out funds for the up gradation and beautification of Ghats, street lights in my constituency from my Constituency development fund. Due to the model code of conduct in place the funds could not be utilized, however, I hope that the concerned agencies ensure that the funds are utilized now in a stipulated period of time.”

Sagar made stopovers at various localities of the Khanyar constituency including Kulipura, Nowpura and had interaction with the local residents. He issued necessary instructions to the officials of various concerned agencies on the speedy mitigation of the issues faced by the local people.

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Unemployment crisis:DMEF appeals govt to frame policy to tackle issue




Srinagar, May 19: Darbar Move Employees Federation, J&K president Owais Wani appealed the government to form a roadmap policy to overcome the unemployment crisis in the state.

In a statement, he said that where the government is supposed to come up with a policy to accommodate educated and skilled, besides creating employment avenues. The educated youth is being compelled to take streets.

He said that every day there is different casual and contractual groups of employees taking streets to raise their voice and these days contractual teachers are protesting for an extension. It is utter humiliation of the teaching profession.


He added that irony does not end here professionals and PhD scholars are also suffering in this state. “Recently we came to know that media professionals hired by the Department of Information and Public Relation are being humiliated in the department because they are not permanent in the departments.”

He said the figures of Jammu and Kashmir are much higher than at all India level figures and highest among all state as per reports of National Sample Survey Office(NSSO) available up to NSS68th round.

He added that 5.5 lakh educated unemployed youth are already struggling to find employment in the state and the number is increasing every year, it seems never-ending process. “At the same time government is being harsh to the contractual employees and it seems in coming years there will be an economic mess in the state,” Wani expressed.

He said that the Administration, as well as the education system in Jammu and Kashmir, has failed to respond to the existing inter-generation gap.

“In Jammu Kashmir, there are many social problems due to more unemployment. Major unemployment population waste their major time in terms of corruption, gambling, bad smoking and entertainment,” Wani said.

Wani urged all district unions as well as secretariat unions to join hands to bring the ground situation into the notice of government so that a road map and policy is framed to tackle the issue of unemployment in the state.

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Delay in tracing out missing B’pora teacher admin failure: PDP




Srinagar, May 19: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Qayoom Wani showed serious concern over the delay in tracing out the missing teacher in Bandipora district.

In a statement issued to media, Wani termed the delay total failure of administration who have not taken the case of missing teacher seriously.

He urged upon Governor Administration for immediate intervention in tracing out the missing teacher safely otherwise administration will have to face the brunt society in general and teaching fraternity in particular.


PDP leader showed sympathy with the teacher and his family. He also urged district administration to gear up their efforts in tracing out the teacher without any delay. Wani also showed sympathy with teaching fraternity at this difficult time.

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