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Militants Targeting Innocent Civilians To Provoke Forces: Manoj Sinha

Militants Targeting Innocent Civilians To Provoke Forces: Manoj Sinha

Srinagar, Jun 05: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Sunday said that militants are resorting to attacks on innocent civilians to provoke security forces so that they will do something in desperation.

“The attack on innocent civilians in Kashmir is the result of sheer desperation. They are not even sparing girls and women now. It is their desperation, that they are resorting to such killings to provoke security forces so that they will do something similar in desperation,” he said, while addressing a gathering here.

He said that he wants to assure the people of Jammu and Kashmir that the administration wouldn’t take action against any innocent person.

“It has been the policy of J&K administration that our security forces should not take action against any innocent person,” he said.

Sinha said terror is being used as a tool against innocent civilians and administration and forces would do their work with promptness.

LG Sinha also appealed to the people to condemn these civilian killings in strongest possible terms—kno

Public Works Department Officer Found Dead In Banihal

Public Works Department Officer Found Dead In Banihal

Srinagar, Mar 21: An officer of the Public Works Department was found dead in his residential house in Ramban district of Jammu division on Monday morning, official sources said.

They said that an AE of PWD identified as Jamsheed Ahmad Khan son of Ghulam Mohammad Khan, a resident of Hardbare Kaskoot was found dead in his residential house on Monday.

The body was later shifted to SDH Banihal for post-mortem purpose.

A police officer confirmed the incident and said Police has taken its cognizance and started investigation in this regard.

”The body has been handed over to his family members after completing medico-legal formalities,” he added. Kdc

Hemant Kumat Lohia (IPS) Posted Commandant General HG/CD And SDRF

Hemant Kumat Lohia (IPS) Posted Commandant General HG/CD And SDRF

Srinagar, Mar 21: The government on Monday posted Hemant Kumat Lohia (IPS) as Commandant General HG/CD and SDRF, J&K.

Lohia—IPS officer (AGMUT-92) –who was awaiting orders of posting for quite some time, relieves Danesh Rana (ADGP) of the additional charge of the post, according to an order by Financial Commissioner (Additional Chief Secretary), Home, R K Goyal. 

We Buy Power Worth Rs 6000 Cr Annually, Get Rs 2600 Cr Revenue, Rs 3400 Cr Is Loss: J&K LG Manoj Sinha

We Buy Power Worth Rs 6000 Cr Annually, Get Rs 2600 Cr Revenue, Rs 3400 Cr Is Loss: J&K LG Manoj Sinha

Jammu, Mar 21: Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Monday said that in the past many decades no serious effort was made to prevent power losses with the result the UT continues to face huge Transmission and Distribution (T&D) losses to the tune of Rs 3400 Crore a year.

He also announced that Jammu areas getting electricity from four feeders comprising 6603 houses having smart meters installed will get uninterrupted power supply. Addressing a function in Jammu, LG Sinha said that J&K’s power losses are huge. “Power theft and losses due to the T&K are very high. We buy power worth Rs 6000 Cr annually; get only Rs 2600 Cr revenue while our loss figure is Rs 3400 Crore,” LG Sinha. He said that all previous regimes failed to explore power potential of J&K and to prevent power losses.

He said the administration led by him is committed to provide quality and uninterrupted power supply to the people who have metered installed in their homes. He said government has taken a slew of measures in the past one-and-a half years to prevent huge power losses caused by power theft and T&D losses.

“In Kashmir, we are going to install smart metered to prevent power losses and power theft. We are aware and people are ready to install metered and to pay power bills,” LG Sinha said.kno

CRPF To Import Vehicle Scanner From US To Prevent Arms Transportation In Jammu And Kashmir

CRPF To Import Vehicle Scanner From US To Prevent Arms Transportation In Jammu And Kashmir

New Delhi, March 18: With an aim to prevent arms transportation in the Jammu and Kashmir, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is set to import vehicle scanning machines from the US, officials said.

The Multi-Mode Passive Detection System (MMPDS) is an advanced version of the scanning system which is not based on X-Ray and it can monitor all vehicles entering in the union territory.

The MMPDS is a safe, effective and reliable automated scanning system that quickly detects, locates and identifies explosives, weapons, drugs, tobacco, alcohol, humans, other contraband, as well as unshielded to heavily shielded radiological and nuclear threats.

The officials also said that this is a Muons-based static scanner technology for ‘Full Body Scanning of vehicles’ for concealed (or otherwise) contraband goods, all types of firearms (including un-assembled ones), ammunition, explosives, components used in fabrication of improvised explosive devices, gun silencers, various telescopic sights, night vision devices, radio equipments, fake currency, precious metals etc.

“At present after correspondence, presentations, and technical discussions with M/S SSBI Ltd and OEM, the dates for demonstration of MMPDS system at OEM’s R&D facility and Onsite installation at the US has been sought and awaited from the firm,” CRPF Director General Kuldiep Singh said.

He also said that many other manufactures of vehicle scanning systems made presentations to the Force’s officials but they did not meet the requirements.

“Once the initial presentation is made before us, a team of CRPF officials will visit the manufacturer in the US to evaluate the actual performance of the system.”

Muons-based technology can help detect dangerous nuclear material and see into damaged nuclear power plants.

Scientists use muons for archeological purposes to peer inside large, dense objects such as the Pyramids in Egypt.

It is pertinent to note that arms are being transported in the Kashmir Valley in big vehicles, especially in trucks which ferry goods to the union territory from other parts of the valley or from the International Border with Pakistan.

There were instances where in the goods-laden trucks have been used to ferry even militants from one place to other in the valley, the officials said.

Once these vehicle scanners are installed in Jammu and Kashmir’s important intersections including highways, this will help the security forces to gaze at what is being brought in the trucks and other vehicles.

A senior CRPF official said that this technology is better than what is installed at Petrapol Integrated checkpost on the India- Bangladesh International Border in West Bengal.–(IANS)

Delimitation Commission Puts Proposals In Public Domain, Suggestions/ Objections Can Be Filed Till March 21

Delimitation Commission Puts Proposals In Public Domain, Suggestions/ Objections Can Be Filed Till March 21

Srinagar, Mar 14: In a significant move, the delimitation commission on Monday published the proposals for delimitation of Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies of Jammu & Kashmir.

The delimitation panel has published the proposals in the Gazette of India and Gazette of J&K, together with dissenting proposals submitted by Members of Parliament from National Conference and Bharatiya Janta Party.

The commission has asked the general public to submit their objections/ suggestions by or before March 21.

“Any objection/ suggestions in regard to these proposals should reach the secretary, Delimitation Commission, Nirvachan Sadan, Ashoka Road, New Delhi,110001 on or before the said date,” reads the notification.kno

Udhampur Incident: Initial Probe Reveals It Was IED blast, One Person Dies, 14 Others Injured: ADGP Jammu Mukesh Singh

Udhampur Incident: Initial Probe Reveals It Was IED blast, One Person Dies, 14 Others Injured: ADGP Jammu Mukesh Singh

Jammu, Mar 09: Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Jammu Mukesh Singh Wednesday said that preliminary investigations reveal that it was an IED blast at Salathia Chowk Udhampur in which one person died and 14 others were wounded.

Talking to reporters at the site of incident, the ADGP Singh said that initial probe has revealed that it was an IED blast, however its impact wasnt much. “One person has died and 14 others were wounded,” he said.

He said that it would be premature to comment on the issue as investigations were on.kno

CEO SMVDSB Reviews Progress Of Developmental Projects, Asks Officials To Expedite Ongoing Works

CEO SMVDSB Reviews Progress Of Developmental Projects, Asks Officials To Expedite Ongoing Works

KATRA, MARCH 7: Ramesh Kumar, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board inspected the ongoing developmental works and other facilities for pilgrims enroute from Katra to Bhawan and directed officials to expedite completion of ongoing works. He was accompanied by Addl. CEO, Dy. CEOs, Superintendent Engineer, CPWD, other concerned engineers and officers of the Shrine Board.

These arrangements interalia included round the clock water and power supply, catering, healthcare facilities, sanitisation, cleanliness and regulation of yatra.

Other high utility pilgrim-centric facilities also reviewed on the track included pace of construction of Durga Bhawan whose foundation stone was laid on 18th August 2021 by Hon’ble Lt Governor, Manoj Sinha who is also the Chairman of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. Noteworthy, that the 5-storey Durga Bhawan will accommodate 4000 pilgrims on completion and have all requisite amenities for the pilgrims, besides having adequate provision for harnessing clean energy, recycling of waste water linking up with existing STPs, provision of elevators etc. The Central Public Works Department is the construction agency for the Durga Bhawan as per a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the Shrine Board with CPWD.

The CEO was briefed about the progress of construction work by the Superintendent Engineer, CPWD at site. The CEO while reviewing the to-date status of project impressed upon all the concerned engineers that high priority needs to be laid to ensure speedy implementation of the infrastructure facilities and timely completion of Durga Bhawan so that the pilgrims could take benefit of this facility at the earliest.
He called for making coordinated efforts while executing construction work without any hindrance to the yatra in a planned and holistic manner. It was emphasised that while carrying out the work safety must be ensured.
CEO also took stock of the underground cabling project and exhorted the executing agency to expedite completion of the laying of HT / LT Cables at the remaining stretches on the track on Mission Mode. The underground cabling work from Katra to Bhawan and in the surrounding areas has been allotted to the M/s JSP Projects P. Ltd. by JPDCL (Project Wing), partially funded under the PMDP and by the Shrine Board. This utility project will have a SCADA compliance based monitoring system of the electric network. With the implementation of this project, the existing LT / HT overhead electricity line will be replaced by Underground Cabling to ensure uninterrupted power supply along the track and in the Bhawan Area.
Besides, the CEO also reviewed the operation of Battery Operated Vehicles between Adhkuwari and Bhawan as well as Bhawan-Bhairon Ghati Passenger Ropeway and the security and other aspects of the pilgrimage. In addition, the CEO reviewed the resumption of the token/group number system alongwith installation of Queue Managers for hassle free regulation of yatra to address Risk Management Strategies and to determine the broad approach regarding preparedness for emergent and unforeseen situations. CEO also viewed the holding spots and directed for its development for better crowd management and to avoid congestion at the pinch points.

CEO also took stock of the functioning of hi-tech video walls installed enroute track for the dissemination of real-time information to the pilgrims and directed concerned agency to make good the area where earthing has been done alongwith layout of tiling work.

He reiterated his directions for making maximum use of pilgrim friendly technological interventions to promote protection of the environment and ensuring sanitation and perfect cleanliness in the Shrine area. The CEO also stressed on making the track plastic and polythene free.
He impressed upon all employees to leave no stone unturned to facilitate and provide best quality services to the pilgrims.

JK Government Should Consider Soft Loans For Youth Entrepreneurs

JK Government Should Consider Soft Loans For Youth Entrepreneurs

Srinagar: Since the Covid 19 pandemic occurred in Jammu and Kashmir regions, all the entrepreneurs are suffering to survive and majority of them are facing huge hardships for repayment of bank loans which they utilized for the establishment of their business units.

Babar Chowdhary, President Kashmir Youth Entrepreneurs Federation (KYEF) strongly appeals to Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha for his intervention for providing a helping hand to all the young entrepreneurs to announce special soft loans for all the young entrepreneurs for the survival of all their business units.

“The special initiative of soft loans should be kept with minimum interest rates and will become a strong backbone for all the young entrepreneurs to run their business smoothly and will make loan payments on time to their lending banks and moratorium period should be kept at five years,” Babar Chowdhary said.

He said that the initiative of Mission Youth of Jammu and Kashmir government launched recently has made a groundbreaking objective to act as a conduit for aspirations and concerns of youth of J&K as the mission is intended to provide a platform for unparalleled transformation of the youth into ambassadors of hope, peace and socio-economic growth through systematic interventions across various domains but it is not so beneficial for young entrepreneurs on ground.

Babar welcomed the establishment of a special grievance desk by Jammu and Kashmir Bank at Zonal Office Srinagar for swift settlement of all bank related grievances of young entrepreneurs on time as it got success only as Kashmir Youth Entrepreneurs Federation had already discussed the matter with all the higher management of the bank earlier.

He further said, “During the last three years of Covid 19 pandemic, the business entrepreneurs of union territory of Jammu and Kashmir are facing huge hardships to manage the business operations in terms of bank loans, staff salaries, day to day expenses without getting any stability of business operations day by day.”

He further said that for setting up a new business venture in Jammu and Kashmir, the new business entrepreneur has to take all kinds of permission from the concerned departments to get it successfully done but in the last three years nothing new has happened to the survival of the businesses in Jammu and Kashmir.

Babar said that there has been a considerable rise in the number of registered entrepreneurs in Jammu and Kashmir and central and state governments should devise new beneficial plans and initiatives for young entrepreneurs of Jammu and Kashmir so that the business units will flourish and the economy will reach new heights.

Two Held After Being On The Run For 25 Years In Udhampur District Of Jammu And Kashmir

Two Held After Being On The Run For 25 Years In Udhampur District Of Jammu And Kashmir

Jammu, Mar 5: Two people, wanted in two separate cases of rash driving, were arrested on Saturday after a manhunt of 25 years in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur district, police said.

Rajit Singh and Amarjeet Singh, both residents of Jammu, were arrested by special teams from their hometown after developing reliable inputs about their whereabouts, a police spokesperson said.

He said Rajit was evading his arrest since 1994 in a case related to death of a person caused by rash and negligent driving not amounting to culpable homicide, while Amarjeet caused grievous injuries to a person due to rash driving in Udhampur district.

A separate warrant was issued by the court of chief judicial magistrate, Udhampur, against Ranjit and Amarjeet on January 4, 1994 and May 24, 1996, respectively, he said.

No Physical Files, Daks To Be Entertained In CS From Mar 7: Government

No Physical Files, Daks To Be Entertained In CS From Mar 7: Government

Srinagar, Mar 03: The government on Thursday issued a fresh order regarding the stoppage of physical use of files and daks in the Civil Secretariat of Jammu and Kashmir.

According to the government order, all heads of the Department were directed to switch over to e-office mode of working with assistance/hand holding from the Information Technology Department.

“In pursuance of these directions, all HoDs (move as well as non move) were
provided the necessary assistance by the Information Technology Department,
by way of provisioning of the VPN connections, creation of domain IDs (@jk.gov.in) and training of local admins/master trainers etc,” the order reads.

“Notwithstanding the instructions, extension of timelines and the arrangements put in place, it has been observed that, many HoD offices are still not fully operational on e-office mode and continue to send physical files/daks to their respective Administrative Secretaries, a matter which has been viewed seriously by the authorities,” the order said.

“It is, accordingly, enjoined upon all Administrative Secretaries to
direct HoDs working under their administrative control to immediately switch over to e-office mode of working. Further, no physical files/daks shall be entertained in the Civil Secretariat, J&K, w.e.f. 7h March, 2022,” the order reads.kno

Fed—up By Infighting In Congress, Ghulam Nabi Azad’s Kin Joins BJP

Fed—up By Infighting In Congress, Ghulam Nabi Azad’s Kin Joins BJP

Jammu, Feb 27: Fed—up by infighting in Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) and ignorant attitude towards party stalwart Ghulam Nabi Azad, his nephew Mubashar Azad, joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) along with his supporters at BJP headquarter, Trikuta Nagar, Jammu.

Sources told that Mubashar Azad, who was a youth Congress leader from Doda district, was closely associated with former working president Rahul Gandhi.

Azad was welcomed by J&K BJP President Ravinder Raina and former MLA Dalip Parihar into the party fold.

Speaking on the occasion, Mubashar Azad, said that he was deeply hurt over the disrespect of his uncle, former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad by the present Congress leadership in Jammu and Kashmir and the Centre. He said that the way Congress party treated Ghulam Nabi Azad, one of the charismatic leaders of Congress party, has hurt the sentiments of the common masses and stressed that PM Modi has given recognition to the efforts of the former CM.

He added that while there is total selfish infighting within the Congress party, Modi has gained the trust of common masses and thus we pledge to stand with Modi and BJP in the interest of the society and the Nation.

On the occasion, Ravinder Raina added that these new entrants led by Mubashar Azad will not only strengthen the party in Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban and other areas but will encourage the youths from the whole region of Jammu and Kashmir to work for the Nation and the society.

He appreciated the efforts of senior BJP leaders Sunil Sharma and Shakti Parihar along with Dalip Parihar, for their efforts in strengthening the party with these young and energetic faces.kno

Jammu And Kashmir Police Launches Emergency Helpline Dail 112

Jammu And Kashmir Police Launches Emergency Helpline Dail 112

Srinagar,26 Feb: Police in Kashmir has launched ‘Dial 112’ helpline where citizens can call for police help, fire brigade and ambulance services, officials said on Saturday.

The helpline has been launched under the Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) project, they said.

“The citizens can Dial 112 wherever they are in distress and for any kind of emergency assistance,” the officials said.

They said besides normal police help, people in distress can seek assistance in terms of women safety as well.

“The citizens can also call this number for ambulance or fire brigade services,” the officials added.(PTI)

Five DIGs Promoted As IGPs, 3 Confirmed As DIGs, 3 SSPs Elevated, DPC Defers Promotion Of 4 IGPs As ADGPs, Proposal Of DGP Rank For Two Sent To MHA

Five DIGs Promoted As IGPs, 3 Confirmed As DIGs, 3 SSPs Elevated, DPC Defers Promotion Of 4 IGPs As ADGPs, Proposal Of DGP Rank For Two Sent To MHA

JAMMU, Feb 25: Deferred thrice this month, the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) for Police Department met here this evening and cleared promotions of 11 senior IPS officers up to IGP level while proposal for promotion of two Additional DGPs as DGPs is being sent to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and that of four IGPs as ADGPs was deferred because of lack of vacancies.

Top official sources told the Excelsior that members of the Committee, which had been constituted by the MHA, Department of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh Affairs, include Umang Narula, Advisor to Lt Governor of Ladakh, Shaleen Kabra, outgoing Principal Secretary Home Department J&K, Secretary Home Department Ladakh, Director General of Police (DGP) J&K Dilbag Singh and Additional Director General of Police (Head of the Police Force), Ladakh S S Khandarey. The DPC was chaired by Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta.

The DPC met this evening after being deferred thrice on February 8, 11 and 21.

Sources said the proposal for promotion of two Additional DGPs including Hemant Kumar Lohia and Pankaj Saxena as DGPs is being sent to the MHA Both of them are IPS officers of 1992 batch of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir cadre.

Four Inspector Generals of Police, whose promotion to the rank of Additional DGP was deferred for want of vacancies include Viplav Kumar Choudhary, presently on deputation with the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Garib Dass, IGP Headquarters, Vijay Kumar, IGP Kashmir Zone and Alok Kumar, IGP Crime Investigation Vigilance (CIV) Police Headquarters.

All of them are Direct Recruits of 1997 batch of the IPS. Five DIGs have been cleared for promotion as IGPs. Four of them, however, are on Central deputation.

They are Uttam Chand, who is on deputation with the Government of India where he is posted as Deputy Secretary Cabinet Secretariat, Vidhi Kumar Birdi, who is on deputation to the NIA, Keshav Ram, who too is on deputation and posted in the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI), Atul Kumar Goel, DlG CID and State Investigation Agency (SIA) Jammu and Bhim Sen Tuti, who is on Study Leave to United Kingdom.

Uttam Chand is Regular Recruit of 2002 batch, Birdi and Keshav Ram are Direct Recruits of 2003 batch while Goel and Tuti, also Direct Recruits, belonged to 2004 batch of IPS cadre.

Three IPS officers of 2008 batch were confirmed as DIGs. They are already officiating in the same rank in view of shortage of police officers.

They include Tejinder Singh, who is on deputation with the NlA, Abdul Jabbar, DIG South Kashmir Range Anantnag and Udaybhaskar Billa, DIG North Kashmir Range Baramulla.

Selection Grade of IPS was released in favour of three IPS officers of 2009 batch on completion of 13 years of qualifying service. They are now eligible for posting as DIGs.

They include lmtiaz Ismail Parray, SSP Crime Branch Kashmir, Shailendra Rajesh Mishra and Rahul Malik, both of whom are on Central deputation and posted in the NIA and MHA respectively.
Sources said there are four sanctioned posts of DGPs (two cadre and two ex-cadre) but against them, six officers are already in position though two are on Central deputation. However, on promotion of two Additional DGPs as DGPs, the MHA will take call shortly.

As far as the promotion of four IGPs as Additional DGPs was concerned, sources said there are eight sanctioned posts of ADGPs but against them, 13 officers are working in the same rank though four of them are on deputation. In view of this, the promotion of four more IGPs as ADGPs was deferred.

Regarding the promotion of five DIGs as IGPs , sources pointed out that there are 21 sanctioned posts of IGPs (12 cadre and nine ex-cadre) but only eight officers are in position while four others are on deputation.

Sources said the Police Department had obtained Vigilance clearance in favour of all officers before their promotions.

Major Plot Averted As Jammu Police Recovers 3 Boxes Of Arms, Ammo In R S Pura, Arnia, Boxes Dropped By LeT/TRF Through Drone

Major Plot Averted As Jammu Police Recovers 3 Boxes Of Arms, Ammo In R S Pura, Arnia, Boxes Dropped By LeT/TRF Through Drone

Srinagar, Feb 24: Jammu and Kashmir police on Thursday claimed to have averted a major militancy plot by recovering three boxes of arms and ammunition in RS Pura Arnia area.

In a statement issued, Jammu police said that the three boxes of arms and ammunition were dropped through drone during night hours and were recovered by the search party from Treva village of Arnia.

“On the basis of input regarding drone activity and dropping of arms and ammunition by Pak based militant outfits LeT/TRF on the behest of pak agency ISI in RS Pura Arnia area,” a police spokesman said.

He said that special seach operation was launched by SOG and Jammu Police in Arnia area of RS Pura sub-division and during the search operation three boxes of the arms and ammunition which were dropped through drone during night hours, which were recovered by the search party from Treva village of Arnia , R S Pura.

The arms, ammunition and explosive recovered during search operation in Arena area include three detonator, three remote controlled IED, three bottles explosive, one bundle Cordtex wire, two timer IEDs, one pistol, two magazine, six grenades and 70 rounds.

“Dropping of this huge arms and explosive depicts a major militancy plan of the Pak based outfit (LET/TRF). With uthe recovery of the this huge consignment of arms and explosive, a major militant plot have been averted by the alert troops of J&k police.”

Police spokesman said that a case under FIR number 12/2022 under relevant section and laws stands registered in Police Station Arnia and further investigation in the instant case is going on.kno

Government Teams Conduct Raids Releated To Encroachment, Land Records In Jammu

Government Teams Conduct Raids Releated To Encroachment, Land Records In Jammu

Jammu, Feb 20: In a major operation, the government teams are conducting raids at a number of places in Jammu city and its adjoining areas in connection with some investigation of cases pertaining to encroachment as well as missing of land records.

Official sources told that teams of police and revenue department under close monitoring of officers of senior level are conducting these raids at number of places in and around Jammu.

” Initially we just can comment that these raids are related to some revenue matters,” they said.kno

Indian Army Uses Drones To Supply Booster Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine To Forward Troops In Jammu And Kashmir

Indian Army Uses Drones To Supply Booster Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine To Forward Troops In Jammu And Kashmir

Srinagar, Feb 20: Indian Army on Saturday used drones to supply booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine to forward troops in snow-bound areas of Jammu and Kashmir.

In the video shared by the Indian Army, it displayed that a package is dropped as a line of sight issues don’t allow it to land or come lower. The package was well padded for protection.

Under the mission Sanjeevani, the medical supplies are delivered to the remote areas with the help of drones.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday informed that there are 2,597 active COVID cases, 4,44,646 total recoveries and 4,746 deaths.

India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 175.33 Crore (1,75,33,01,956) today.

More than 27 lakh (27,47,926) vaccine doses have been administered till 7 pm on Saturday.

More than 1.89 crores (1,89,07,829) precaution doses for the identified categories of beneficiaries (HCWs, FLWs and over 60 years) for COVID-19 vaccination have been administered so far. (Agencies)

Those Not Satisfied With Delimitation Panel’s Proposals Should Lodge Their Reservations In Written Form: LG Manoj Sinha

Those Not Satisfied With Delimitation Panel’s Proposals Should Lodge Their Reservations In Written Form: LG Manoj Sinha

Srinagar, Feb 15: Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Tuesday said that Delimitation Commission was constituted under a law passed in the parliament and those having reservations with its proposals should lodge the  same in written form.

“Election Commission is an independent authority and Delimitation Commission is working under it. If somebody has any reservations with the panel’s proposals, they should send it to the Commission in written form. If a common citizen too has any reservations, same should be sent to the Commission so that a healthy public debate takes place,” Sinha told reporters on the sidelines of a function at Bajalta, Jammu.

He said that role of security forces across the country especially in J&K over the past 70 years have been commendable. “The way our security forces are meeting all challenges deserves all applause,” he said.kno

Six Officers Promoted To Various Scales Of Indian Administrative Service {IAS}

Six Officers Promoted To Various Scales Of Indian Administrative Service {IAS}

Srinagar, Feb 14: Government on Monday ordered promotion of six IAS officers to various scales of Indian Administrative Service.

According to an order, two officers—Sheetal Nanda and Saugat Biswas—have been promoted to the Super Time Scale of IAS (Level 14 of Pay matrix) with effect from 1 January 2022.

The officers shall undergo Mid Career Phase-IV training as an when deputed by Government of India and have to pass the departmental examination within one year, as applicable, the order reads further.

Consequently, Sheetal Nanda shall be designated as Commissioner/ Secretary to the Government, it reads.

Three officers— Sushma Chauhan, Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary and Sarmad Hafeez—have been promoted to the Selection Grade of IAS (Level 13 of Pay matrix) with effect from 1 January 2022.

Consequently, these officers shall be designated as Secretary to the Government.

Also, Faz Lul Haseeb (IAS) has been promoted to the Senior Time Scale of IAS (Level 11 of Pay matrix) with effect from 1 January 2022. gns

NITI Aayog To Suggest Models For Outsourcing Of Tourism Department Assets, Committee Wants BoD To Take Decision About JKTDC Properties, No Time-Frame Fixed For Completion Of Exercise

NITI Aayog To Suggest Models For Outsourcing Of Tourism Department Assets, Committee Wants BoD To Take Decision About JKTDC Properties, No Time-Frame Fixed For Completion Of Exercise

JAMMU, Feb 14: Government of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has decided to study best models in the country for outsourcing the assets of the Tourism Department as well as those of the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation and help in this regard has been sought from the NITI Aayog. However, at present no time-frame has been fixed for the completion of this exercise.

Official sources told EXCELSIOR that majority of the assets of the Tourism Department and Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation are not yielding the desired revenue because of varied reasons.

“The present revenue being generated by the assets of these organizations is not sufficient even for their routine maintenance and complaints about poor facilities at these assets generally pour in from the tourists whenever they avail these facilities”, they said, adding “moreover, neither the Tourism Department nor the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation have sufficient manpower for proper upkeep and maintenance of their assets as a result of which their condition is deteriorating with every passing year”.

Keeping these aspects in mind, the Government last year decided to outsource majority of the assets so that sufficient revenue could be generated and properties are well maintained.

Accordingly, directions were issued for identifying the assets which can be outsourced immediately.

On the preparation of list of such assets, the Government vide order dated December 9, 2021 constituted a committee comprising of two Additional Chief Secretaries and Administrative Secretaries of four departments for deciding mechanism of outsourcing the identified assets of the Tourism Department.

“The committee in its first meeting examined the list prepared by the Tourism Department and found it appropriate to study the best models of outsourcing of assets in the tourism sector.

Accordingly, a representative of the NITI Aayog, who has been nominated in the committee of the bureaucrats, was requested to share such models and their benefits as early as possible”, sources informed.

“The NITI Aayog representative has conveyed that very shortly all the available models and their benefits will be shared so as to facilitate the committee in deciding the mechanism of outsourcing of assets”, they said, adding “as far as Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation is concerned, the Additional Chief Secretary (Financial Commissioner) Finance has made it clear that since Corporation’s major decisions are taken by its Board of Directors (BoD) the matter shall be placed and discussed at this forum”.

They further said, “it would be only on the receipt of the decision of the Board of Directors that the committee of bureaucrats will be in a position to deliberate upon and recommend the model for outsourcing of assets of Corporation”, adding “keeping in view the lengthy procedural formalities required to be followed no time frame has been fixed for completion of exercise by the committee”.

The committee is required to select the properties from the identified list to be outsourced, identify the model for each property or group of assets for outsourcing, fix and approve minimum bid amount for each property to be outsourced, fix and approve the time period for outsourcing of the selected properties, to approve the RPF/bid document to be prepared by the consultancy firm for outsourcing and to deliberate and make decision on any other issue related to outsourcing of the properties.

“The outsourcing of the assets of Tourism Department and Tourism Development Corporation will go a long way in their maintenance as well as generation of revenue as Government doesn’t have sufficient resources for this task”, sources said, adding “such an attempt was also made in the past in respect of certain assets and the same yielded desirable results”.(DE )

Schools In J&K To Reopen In Staggered Manner From 14 Feb, Colleges, Universities And Technical Institutions From Feb-14

Schools In J&K To Reopen In Staggered Manner From 14 Feb, Colleges, Universities And Technical Institutions From Feb-14

Srinagar, Feb 13: The government on Sunday ordered reopening of Schools in Jammu and Kashmir in a phased manner from February-14 and February-28.

Besides, the government also said that the offline classes for 9th to 12th standard can commence February-14.

According to the State Executive Committee (SEC) in an order said, “The Winter Zone Schools of J&K shall commence offline teaching for all classes after 28th of February 2022.”

“All Summer Zone Schools in Jammu and Kashmir shall open in a phased manner. Classes from 9th to 12th can commence routine offline teaching from February-14,” reads the order.

“All Universities, Colleges, Polytechnics, ITIs shall commence routine offline teaching after ensuring readiness for enforcement of Covid Appropriate Behaviour and Standard Operating Procedures from February-14”

The SEC said that all the students between 15-17 age group coming to attend regular offline classes must carry vaccination certificate with them.

“The Head of the institutions must ensure that guidelines related to social distancing and Covid Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) are strictly followed
including regular screening at the entrance to the institution,” it reads.

It also states that they shall also screen any symptomatic student and ensure their testing to contain any possibility of spread of the virus in their institutions.

The SEC said that all the students of 15-17 age group coming to attend regular offline classes must carry a vaccination certificate with them. Head of Institutions must ensure vaccination of every student above 15 years of age in their respective Institutions.

“The vaccination adherence shall be ensured through coordination with the Department of Health and Medical Education J&K,” it reads.

According to the government order, “Every school must further ensure full compliance to Covid Appropriate Behavior SOPs.”

It also reads that the students must also ensure screening and testing of any symptomatic students to contain any possibility of spread.

“The offline mode of teaching for remaining junior classes in Summer Zone Schools shall begin from February-21,” it reads.

SEC said, “Head of Institutions shall be responsible for adherence to Covid Appropriate Behaviour in their respective schools and prepare proper plans for the same.”

“Coaching Centres for Civil Services, Engineering, NET are permitted to adopt offline mode of teaching subject to condition that both faculty members as well as students are fully vaccinated and the Head of the centre ensures due precautions such as CAB and adherence to SOP,” SEC said.kno

Government Approves Rs 6.15 Cr Assistance To Families Of 123 Journalists Who Died Of COVID-19

Government Approves Rs 6.15 Cr Assistance To Families Of 123 Journalists Who Died Of COVID-19

New Delhi, Feb 10: The Centre on Thursday said Rs 6.15 crore has been approved as financial assistance to families of 123 journalists who died due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Replying to supplementary questions in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting L Murugan also said it was the responsibility of the state governments to take appropriate action against online harassment of women journalists.

On the number of journalists who died during the pandemic, he said, “We are very much concerned about the journalists’ welfare. During the pandemic, we conducted a special drive for journalists. Those who lost lives, we want to support their families.” “We received 123 journalists’ proposals. All 123 proposals are accepted and we released Rs 6.15 crore amount to the concerned families.” In a written reply, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Singh Thakur said the government undertook a special drive for providing financial assistance to the families of journalists who succumbed to COVID-19.

“On the basis of applications received by the Press Information Bureau and which fulfill the criteria laid under the Journalist Welfare Scheme (JWS), a sum of Rs 6.15 crore has been approved during the financial years 2020-21 and 2021-22 for financial assistance of Rs 5,00,000 per family to the families of 123 journalists who died due to COVID-19,” he added.

Since 2017, Thakur said, financial assistance under the JWS has been provided in 247 cases.

During 2017-18, Rs 39.38 lakh was sanctioned under this scheme, while in 2018-19 Rs 99.99 lakh, in 2019-20 Rs 115.25 lakh, in 2020-21 Rs 260 lakh and in 2021-22 (till January 2022) Rs 606.51 lakh, was sanctioned, he said.–(PTI)

Government Bans Import Of Drones Provides Certain Exceptions

Government Bans Import Of Drones Provides Certain Exceptions

New Delhi: The government  banned import of foreign drones with certain exceptions as part of efforts to promote domestic manufacturing of drones in the country.

Import of drones for R&D, defence and security purposes have been exempted from the ban but such imports will require due clearances.

“Import of drone components, however, shall not require any approvals,” the civil aviation ministry said in a release on Wednesday.

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) under the commerce and industry ministry has issued a notification banning the import of foreign drones.

“Import policy for drones in CBU (Completely Built Up)/CKD (Completely Knocked Down)/SKD (Semi Knocked Down ) form… is prohibited with exceptions provided for R and D, defence and security purposes,” DGFT said.

Import of drones by government entities, educational institutions recognised by central or state government, government recognised R&D entities and drone manufacturers for R&D purpose will be allowed in CBU, SKD or CKD form. This will be subject to import authorisation issued by DGFT in consultation with concerned line ministries.

Import of drones for defence and security purposes will be allowed in CBU, SKD or CKD form subject to import authorisation issued by DGFT in consultation with concerned line ministries.

The civil aviation ministry said that in order to promote Made in India drones, import of foreign drones has been prohibited with effect from February 9, 2022.

The ministry came out with liberalised drone rules in August 2021.

After the rules, the ministry issued the drone airspace map and PLI scheme in September 2021, UTM policy framework in October 2021. Besides, drone certification scheme and single window DigitalSky Platform were put in place last month.–(PTI)

Delimitation Panel Has Gone By Its Own Will, Wish: NC MP Hasnain Masoodi, ‘Recommendations Made In Second Report Unjustified, Unacceptable; Our Suggestions Thrown To Wind’

Delimitation Panel Has Gone By Its Own Will, Wish: NC MP Hasnain Masoodi, ‘Recommendations Made In Second Report Unjustified, Unacceptable; Our Suggestions Thrown To Wind’

Srinagar, Feb 05: National Conference Member Parliament (MP) Justice (Rtd) Hasnain Masoodi said that the Delimitation Panel has thrown the recommendations put-forth by the National Conference to the wind and the Commission has gone by their own will and wish.

He said despite explaining the Delimitation Commission that the exercise was against the constitution and any change in the existing step amounts to challenging the Indian constitution.

“Changes advocated by the Delimitation Panel as per their second draft proposal are totally unconstitutional. We have put forth some important suggestions and recommendations that have been completely ignored and thrown to the wind,” Masoodi said.

He said that at some places, old constituencies have been removed and new added and there is total discrimination in the new seat sharing proposed by the delimitation panel, which is unjustified and unacceptable to NC.

The delimitation commission on Friday evening shared its second report with five members of parliament (MPs) from the Union Territory. 

The report defining boundaries of 90 assembly segments of Jammu & Kashmir, was shared with MPs at 7: 00 pm Friday. “The report has been sent to all MPs from J&K,” they said, adding that the entire process of delimitation is likely to be completed in the next one month.

According to sources, the delimitation commission has also asked MPs to submit their objections, if any, over the report. “After they will file objections, the commission will seek objections and suggestions from the general public and hold sittings at different places to consider these suggestions, “they said.

On December 20, the panel shared district—wise seat allocation with MPs from Jammu and Kashmir.

In its report, the panel proposed six new seats for Jammu division and one in Kashmir division.kno

Delimitation Commission Submits Report To 5 Associate Members In Parl, Suggestions Invited Till Feb 14, Panel Rejects NC Objections On Giving 6 Seats To Jammu

Delimitation Commission Submits Report To 5 Associate Members In Parl, Suggestions Invited Till Feb 14, Panel Rejects NC Objections On Giving 6 Seats To Jammu

JAMMU, Feb 5: The Delimitation Commission today submitted its report to five Associate Members in the Parliament in which it was reported to have rejected the National Conference arguments against increasing six Assembly seats in Jammu region as against just one in Kashmir division.

The Commission has asked the Associate Members to submit their objections/suggestions by February 14, sources told the Excelsior.

They said the Commission submitted report to all five Associate Members in the Parliament this evening in which it has upheld its earlier proposal of increasing six Assembly seats in Jammu division as one in the Kashmir valley despite objections filed by three Associate Members from the National Conference.

The Commission is also reported to have decided to redraw boundaries of five Lok Sabha constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir to make it two and half seats in both divisions. It could link some areas of Rajouri and Poonch districts with South Kashmir seat of Anantnag.

“After receiving objections from the Associate Members on February 14 and taking a view on them, the Commission is likely to put the report in public domain for claims and objections,” sources said
Extended term of the Commission is expiring on March 6 and whether it will be able to submit final report within the time frame is yet to be seen.

In its objections filed before the Delimitation Commission on December 31, 2021, the National Conference had rejected the Panel’s formula for increasing six Assembly seats in Jammu and one in Kashmir on the ground that the Valley has more population and electorates than Jammu and deserves more seats.

“However, in its interim report, the Commission has stick to its formula and overruled the National Conference objections,” sources said but added that the Commission has given time till February 14 to the Associate Members to file their objections to the recommendations.

The Associate Members include Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Dr Jitendra Singh and Jugal Kishore Sharma, both Lok Sabha MPs from Jammu division and Dr Farooq Abdullah, Mohammad Akbar Lone and Hasnain Masoodi, all three National Conference MPs from Kashmir valley.

The Commission has two other official members including Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sushil Chandra and State Election Commissioner (SEC), J&K, KK Sharma.

Headed by Justice (Retired) Ranjana Prakash Desai, the Delimitation Commission has held two meetings with the Associate Members so far-first on February 18 and second on December 20 in 2021. The first one was boycotted by three National Conference MPs but they attended the second meeting.

In its meeting with the Associate Members on December 20, the Delimitation Commission had also stated that it will reserve seven seats for Scheduled Castes and nine for Scheduled Tribes in the Assembly.
The Commission was set up on March 6, 2020 and was granted extension of an year on March 6, 2021.

All seven seats reserved for SCs including three in Jammu district and one each in Samba, Kathua, Ramban and Udhampur remained reserved for four consecutive Assembly elections in 1996, 2002, 2008 and 2014 though they had to be rotated after two terms. The reserved seats are now likely to be changed by the Delimitation Commission. In addition, the Commission will reserve nine seats for STs.

Once the delimitation exercise is completed, the number of Assembly seats in Jammu and Kashmir will go up from 83 to 90.
Twenty-four seats of the Assembly continue to remain vacant as they fall under Pakistan-occupied Jammu Kashmir (PoJK).

While splitting Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories through the Reorganization Act, the Union Home Ministry had increased Assembly seats of Jammu and Kashmir by seven taking total seats to 114-24 of which are reserved for PoJK while election will be held for 90 seats.

Erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir had 111 seats including 24 reserved for PoJK while elections were held for 87 seats. With creation of Ladakh as Union Territory, four seats of the region were reduced and the Assembly was left with 83 seats. However, with increase of seven seats, J&K UT will have an Assembly of 90 seats. Two women MLAs will be nominated to the House, which was the position earlier also.

In the previous Assembly, Kashmir had 46 seats, Jammu 37 and Ladakh four.

Delimitation of the Assembly constituencies was last held in 1994-95 during the President’s Rule when seats of the erstwhile State Assembly were raised from 76 to 87. Jammu region’s seats were increased from 32 to 37, Kashmir’s from 42 to 46 and Ladakh’s two to four. However, the delimitation was freezed in 2002 by the then National Conference Government headed by Dr Farooq Abdullah in line with the decision taken by then Central Government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Elections to the Legislative Assembly will be held only after delimitation of Assembly constituencies is completed.