2nd SAC Meet: Key decisions taken

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JAMMU:  Governor N N Vohra Thursday held a meeting of the State Administrative Council at Raj Bhavan today. This was the second meeting of the Council after its constitution on 4th February, 2016.

The important decisions taken in the meeting are:

Reshuffle in Police deptt

Mr. S. K. Mishra, DGP (Prisons) has been transferred posted as Special DG (Coordination) against an available vacancy.

Mr. S. Gopal Reddy, on deputation to Teleangana has been posted as Commandant General, HG/CD/SDRF.

Mr. S. P. Vaid, ADGP (Hqrs), PHQ has been transferred posted as DGP (Prisons).

Mr. V. K. Singh, ADGP (Security) has been transferred posted as ADGP (Hqrs).

Mr. S. M. Sahai, ADGP (Armed) has been transferred posted as ADGP (CID) against an available vacancy. The salary of the officer holding the post of ADGP (Trgs) will be drawn against the post of ADGP Homeguards/CD/SDRF.

Mr. Dilbag Singh awaiting orders of posting has been posted as SDGP (Security).

Mr. L. Mohanti, ADGP Homeguards/CD/SDRF has been transferred posted as ADGP (Armed). He may continue to hold the additional charge of ADGP Homeguards/CD/SDRF till further orders. 

Mr. A. K. Choudhary, shall continue to hold the post of MD, PHC, J&K. The post of MD, PHC, J&K has been declared equivalent in rank and status of ADGP till held by the officer.

Mr. Garib Dass, DIG, NKR, Baramulla has been transferred and posted as DIG (Adm) PHQ against an available vacancy.

Mr. Uttam Chand, SSP Jammu upon his promotion has been posted as DIG NKR, Baramulla.

Mr. Rafiq-ul-Hassain, Commandant IR 12th Bn. has been transferred and posted as Commandant JKAP 3rd Bn against an available vacancy.

Mr. Vijay Kumar, Commandant IR 10th Bn. has been transferred and posted as Commandant JKAP 4th Bn.

Mr. Sunil Gupta, SP Leh has been transferred and posted as SP Jammu.

Mr. Tejinder Singh, SP Pulwama has been transferred and posted as  SP CID CI Jammu vice Shailender Singh whose orders of posting will be issued separately.

Mr. Udayabhasker Billa, Additional SP PC Jammu has been transferred and posted as SP Traffic city Jammu.

Mr. Shailendra Kumar, SP Traffic Rural Kashmir has been transferred and posted as SP Shopian vice Altaf Ahmad Khan who will report to PHQ.

Mr. Rayees Mohammad Bhat, SP Hazratbal Srinagar has been transferred and posted as SP Pulwama.

Mr. Pande Rajiv Omparkash, Additional SP Rural Jammu has been transferred and posted as SP (A) CID Hqrs against an available Vacancy.

Mr. Shridhar Patil, SP South Srinagar has been transferred and posted as SP Awantipora.

Ms. Sargun, SDPO Nowshera has been transferred and posted as Additional SP Bhaderwah vice Mr. Amit Bhasin whose orders of posting will be issued separately.  

Mr. Sandeep Choudhary, SDPO Bakshi Nagar has been transferred and posted as SP, South Sringar.

Mr. Sunil Dutt, commandant JKAP 4th Bn. has been transferred and posted as Commandant IR 14th Bn. relieving Mr. Yougal Kumar, Dy Commandant IRP 17th Bn. of the additional charge.

Mr. Abdul Qayoon, SP Sopore has been transferred and posted as commandant IR 12th Bn.

Mr. Mohan Lal, SP Traffic City, Jammu has been transferred and posted as Commandant IR 10th Bn.

Mr. Mumtaz Ahmad, SP Kulgam has been transferred and posted as SP Bandipora.

Mr. Showkat Hussain Shah, Commandant JKAP 8th Bn. has been transferred and posted as SO to IGP Kashmir against an available vacancy.

Mr. Mohammad Arshad, SP Awantipora has been transferred and posted as SP Kulgam.

Mr. Mohammad Shabir, SP Bandipora has been transferred and posted as Commandant JKAP 8th Bn.

Mr. T. Gyalpo, Additional SP Leh, will look after the charge of SP Leh.

Mr. Arun Gupta, Additional SP, Ramban has been transferred and posted as Additional SP Rural Jammu.

 

NFSA implementation review

Since all 22 districts have migrated to the national Public Distribution System portal of the Union Government, the SAC directed that CAPD Department should continue systematic efforts for achieving a high fidelity ration card database by ensuring total de-weeding and de-duplication of all bogus ration cards; this would result in saving a significant quantity of foodgrains which can be utilized by the State for distribution amongst the most deserving and deprived sections of the society.

SAC took note of the grievances about the scale of the ration under NFSA, raised by certain sections in some of the locations of the State. It directed Chief Secretary to analyze the problem and workout a mechanism so that adequate availability of ration at affordable prices can be ensured from the month of March 2016 onwards.

SAC took note that since advance dumping has already been done in most of the snow bound areas, therefore, adequate stocks are already available to meet the requirements of the ration card holders in these areas.

SAC also directed CAPD department to accelerate the efforts to fine-tune the supply chain management by deploying necessary hardware for end to end computerization so that e-enabled services like online issuance of ration card, grievance redressal and application for Fair Price Shop etc. become effectively operational by June, 2016.

SAC also directed time-bound installation of electronic weighing scales and point of sale devices (POS) in 6175 Fair Price Shops of the State, in the best interests of the rationees, to usher in an era of true transparency.

 

Advertisement Policy-2016 drafted

As of now, there are 622 newspapers/publications in the State out of which only 375 are empanelled for publication of Government advertisements. Considering the rapidly changing operational environment and increase in the number of publications over the years, it has been considered necessary and appropriate to revise the existing Advertisement Policy issued way back in the year 1996 in order to bring it in sync with the obtaining requirement.

While formulating the new Advertisement Policy by the Information Department, due care has been taken to meet out the broad social objectives of the Government to promote responsible, constructive and healthy journalism, besides ensuring transparency in the distribution of Government Advertisements amongst the newspapers. Necessary checks and balances have been incorporated in the revised draft Advertisement Policy-2016 which will go a long way in mitigating various problems and issues faced by the print media and shall further pave way towards a healthy and transparent journalism in the State.

 

2 dedicated project wings, PMU in PDD

Vohra approved creation of 187 posts for two dedicated project wings, one each for Jammu and Kashmir and one Project Management Unit at the Secretariat level, for monitoring and timely completion of Power projects. The creation of these posts is initially for a period of 5 years.

The creations approved include 2 posts of Chief Engineers, 6 posts of SEs, 14 posts of Executive Engineers, 35 posts of AEEs/AEs, 54 posts of JEs and other support staff. The SAC also approved hiring of manpower required (total-96, Stenographers, Junior Assistants/Data Entry Operators, Drivers and Orderlies) from open market and by outsourcing. The Funds required for creation of posts/hiring of manpower and operationalization of these wings/PMU shall be provided by the Finance Department.

In view of large public investments in the Power sector in future and implementation of various flagship programmes/CSSs, creation of two additional wings (one each for Jammu and Kashmir provinces) and a Project Management Unit to handle new projects in the distribution sector was considered essential as the personnel of the department were already stretched with their O&M responsibilities and not geared to handle this size of public investment.

In view of the renewed thrust on the Power Sector Reforms, PDD is mandated to handle huge public expenditure under various flagship programmes like R-APDRP, IPDS, DDUGJY and PMRRP in the next three years under Central Sector. The creation of dedicated project wings is expected to give new impetus to implementation of flagship programmes in the Power Sector

 

Restructuring of outstanding power purchase liability for PDD

Vohra approved the proposal for the restructuring of outstanding power purchase liabilities of Power Development Department through raising of debt by participating in ‘UDAY’ scheme and floating of bonds by State Government.

Power Development Department has a huge Revenue Deficit during Financial Year 2014-15 amounting to Rs. 3913.50 crore. The outstanding   liabilities of CPSU has reached to Rs.3537.55 crore at the end of September 2015 while the total liabilities of power purchases of the state is Rs. 6706.73 crore including that of Jammu and Kashmir Power Development Corporation and the projected liability ending 3/2016 is Rs. 6949 crore. The interest / surcharge burden on account of these outstanding liabilities will be about Rs. 1250 crore per annum which  will be off loaded after outstanding bills of Power Purchase are liquidated as per the approved restructuring proposal.

UDAY scheme provides an opportunity to States to restructure their costly debt by reducing interest burden on DISCOM (State Government in case of J&K). Debt taken over by the State under this scheme would not be counted against the fiscal deficit limit of respective State in the financial year 2015-16 and 2016-17.UDAY scheme envisages State Government to ensure that DISCOMs improve their operational efficiencies, particularly reduce AT&C losses and cost of power procurement, so that ACS and ARR gap is bridged within the agreed frame work.

Further, as per the guidelines of ‘UDAY’ Scheme, the participating states would follow the timeline of targeted activities like compulsory feeder and DT metering, consumer indexing and GIS mapping, upgrade or change of transformers, meters etc. smart metering of all consumers, DSM quarterly tariff revisions etc as per timelines given for each activity. This will ensure reduction of AT&C losses to 15% in 2018-19 and reduction in gap between average cost of supply and Average Revenue Realized (ARR) to zero by 2018-19.

UDAY scheme requires State Government to ensure that DISCOMs improve their operational efficiencies, particularly reduce AT&C losses and cost of power procurement as per the agreed trajectory, so that ACS & ARR gap is bridged within the agreed frame work. By opting for UDAY the State will accrue additional benefits including:

i)      Reduction of cost of power Generation.

ii)     Participating states may get additional/ priority funding  through DDUGJY, IPDS, PSDF or other such schemes of MoP if they meet the operational milestones.

iii)    Borrowings by J&K will not be counted against fiscal deficit limit in financial year 2015-16.

The Union Government and the Government of Jammu and Kashmir will enter into a bipartite MoU in order to improve the operational and financial efficiency of Power Development Department and the process of restructuring shall be completed by end 3/2016 under ‘UDAY’ scheme.

Meanwhile, the SAC also directed the constitution of a Committee under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary, comprising Administrative Secretaries of Planning, Finance and Power Development Departments to examine and work out different modalities through which the power purchase liabilities of JKSPDC could be settled as per the Budget announcement of 2015. The Committee shall submit its report within one month.

 

Advocate General, Law Officers confirmed

JAMMU: The State Administrative Council which met here Thursday under the Chairmanship of Governor N.N. Vohra confirmed the appointment of Mr D. C. Raina, Senior Advocate as Advocate General of the State. It also confirmed the appointment of different Law officers for Srinagar wing of the High Court made vide Government Order No. 705-LD(A) of 2016, dated 23-02-2016.

Promotions in Forest Department

Governor N.N. Vohra approved the release of Super Time Scale–1 (CF Grade) in favour of Mr. P. K. Raghav (IFS-2001) on proforma basis w.e.f from 1st January, 2015 and Ms Shally Ranjan (IFS-2001) on regular basis w.e.f 1st January, 2015.

SAC also approved release of non functional Grade Pay, attached to the post of Joint Secretary in the Central Government i.e. Grade of Rs 10,000 in favour of Mr. Vasu Yadav (IFS-94) w.e.f. 13-10-2014 in terms of Rule-3 of IFS (Pay) (2nd Amendment) Rules, 2010.

 

Committee for regularization of casual/seasonal labourers

A High Level Committee to be chaired by Chief Secretary with Financial Commissioner, Planning & Development Department, Principal Secretary to Government, Home Department, Commissioner/Secretary to Government, Finance Department, Commissioner/Secretary to Government, General Administration Department, Commissioner/ Secretary to Government, Law Department as  its Members and Director Codes  as Member Secretary to look into the extent/ magnitude  of problems relating to Casual Labours  and the financial, legal and administrative issues  that may arise  while considering  the regularization or other modalities for dealing with such employees.  The Committee will also work out an appropriate policy outlining all possible options in this regard.

 

 

J&K State Trust formed

In a landmark legislation, the State Administrative Council which met here Thursday under the Chairmanship of Governor N. N. Vohra approved the  ‘Jammu and Kashmir State Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities Act, 2016’.

This important piece of legislation will provide much awaited relief, respite and cheer in the lives of those, who are grappling with such disabilities.

The State Trust has been designed and devised on the lines of National Trust, whose jurisdiction is not extended to J&K. The Trust will be governed by a Board of Trustees comprising: a Chairperson, who will be a person of eminence, having expertise in the field of autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, health, child development or related fields. This board shall also contain other official and non official members.

Non-official members will be from Associations of trade, commerce and industry engaged in philanthropic activities; Registered organizations/ voluntary organizations; Associations of persons with autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation.

One representative of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India has also been incorporated in the Trust, to leverage the expertise and resources of this Ministry.

The SAC directed that immediate steps be taken to accelerate the constitution of the Board of Trustees.

The Trust will be underpinned by a Corpus of Rs. 5 crore, and it will be eligible for grants from the Government /private by way of donations, benefactions or endowments. The functional attributes of the Trust, will unfold, through a number of interventions and schemes like:

-Early Intervention and school readiness scheme.

– Providing support to persons with such disabilities:

-Extending support to registered organizations;

– Promoting measures for care and protection of such persons;

-Addressing health needs of the persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiples Disabilities, through health insurance,

– Developing modules for day care; respite care; Group Home for adults; guardianship for such persons.

-Realization of equal opportunities and protection of rights and full participation of persons with such disabilities.

 

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