SRINAGAR The State Administrative Council (SAC), which met here Wednesday under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the enhancement, grant of ex-gratia relief to the NoKs of J&K Police Personnel killed in course of performing duties attributed to act of violence/militancy related incidents.
The decision will enhance the existing cumulative ex-gratia relief admissible to the NoKs of J&K Police Personnel from Rs 48 lakh to Rs 70 Lakh and to NoKs of SPOs from Rs 14.5 Lakh to Rs 30 Lakh.
The ex-gratia relief has been enhanced from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 Lakh under SRE(R&R) to NoKs of the J&K Police Personnel/SPOs and CAPFs/Army personnel; from Rs 3 Lakh to Rs 7 Lakh to NoKs of J&K Police Personnel from the Police Welfare Fund (MHA); from Rs 18 Lakh to Rs 33 Lakh to the NoKs of J&K Police Personnel, out of State Resources and grant of additional amount of Rs 12.50 lakh to the NoKs of Special Police Officers (SPOs), out of state resources.
The SAC further approved that education of two children in private schools in the State upto class 12th of such personnel of Jammu & Kashmir Police as may be martyred in militancy related incidents/violence, shall be borne by the State Education Department.
Employees, Pensioners DA Hiked By 2%
The State Administrative Council (SAC), which met here today under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the release of additional installment of 2% Dearness Allowance (DA) to the State Government employees and pensioners w.e.f 1st July, 2018, over the existing rate of 7% of the basic pay / pension.
The arrears from July, 2018 to September 2018 will be credited to respective G.P Fund accounts of the employees and w.e.f October, 2018, the salary /pension will be drawn on revised rates of D.A. However, pensioners or those employees retiring this year will be paid arrears in cash.
The impact on the exchequer on account of Dearness Allowance would be Rs 118 crore for the current financial year and the annual financial implications would come to Rs 177 crore approximately.
The enhancement of DA would benefit around 4.50 lakh State Government employees and 1.60 lakh pensioners.
Ratifies Shahpur Kandi Project Agreement
The State Administrative Council (SAC), which met here on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the ratification of the Shahpur Kandi Dam Project Agreement signed on 08th of September, 2018 at Srinagar between the Governments of J&K & Punjab.
After the completion of the Shahpur Kandi Barrage based on the revised safeguards for construction, the Jammu and Kashmir State will be provided full quantity of 1150 cusecs of water from river Ravi, within its total share of 0.69 MAF, benefiting farmers of Kathua and Samba Districts. Besides, State will also get 20% electricity from Shahpur Kandi Dam and Thein Dam Projects.
The project has been declared as a National Project and will be implemented by Government of Punjab without any financial liability to J&K. The other benefits of the project shall be as under:
I. Crest level will be maintained at the same level in respect of both the sides at a height of 398.40 Mtrs.
II. Concurrently, the Central Water and Power Research Station (CWPRS) will carry out a detailed study to assess the crest levels of head regulators so as to ensure that the mandated share of 1150 cusecs of water is available to the State of Jammu and Kashmir, which will be binding on both the States.
III. The project will continue to be implemented by the Government, of Punjab. However, there will be a tripartite team headed by Member, CWC and consisting of Chief Engineers of two States to monitor the project as and when required but at least once in three months to ensure that the construction is as per the Agreement.
IV. The balance costs on account of compensation (approximately Rs. 115 crore) for land acquisition in respect of Thein Dam, as per the agreement, will be paid by the Government of Punjab immediately, as per the orders of the relevant statutory authorities under the Land Acquisition Act.
V. In addition, jobs to the oustees will be given by the Government of Punjab as per the agreed R&R Policy of both the State Governments. Employment to remaining 861 displaced families shall be provided.
VI. The Government of Punjab will reiterate its commitment to construct the balance 2.3 km Ravi Canal and Siphon for the Kashmir Canal co-terminus with the construction of the Shahpur Kandi Dam. Accordingly, the Government, of Punjab shall fully fund the construction of 2.3 km of Ravi Canal and Siphon for Kashmir Canal.
VII. All claims and counter-claims of Government of Jammu & Kashmir and Government of Punjab on account of delayed implementation of Agreement of 1979, the delayed implementation of the Project shall be settled by way of arbitration in accordance with Clause 16 of the Agreement of 1979.
VIII. The Government of Jammu and Kashmir shall have the right of first refusal in respect of its entitled share of 20% power from Shahpur Kandi Dam at the CERC rates, the right to be exercised annually and in advance before the beginning of each year.
IX. The water supplies to both States of Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir, in the operation stage, will be under the Joint Steering and Supervision of a Committee consisting of representatives of CWC and the Governments of Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir.
J&K Start-Up Policy 2018 Approved
In a significant decision to facilitate and nurture growth of new Start-ups, the State Administrative Council (SAC), which met here today under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik approved the J&K Start-up Policy 2018.
Advisors to the Governor, B B Vyas, K Vijay Kumar and Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam and Principal Secretary to Governor, Umang Narula attended the meeting.
The Policy aims to inspire the young and entrepreneurial brains of Jammu and Kashmir to pursue innovation and entrepreneurship by creating a vibrant and conducive Start-up ecosystem in the State. The Government through this Policy aims to empower Start-ups to grow through innovation and design which, inter-alia, will help in accelerating economic growth besides generating employment opportunities.
The Policy shall give special attention to Start-ups with disruptive value additions in Food Processing and Allied activities, Agriculture including Horticulture and Floriculture, Textiles, Apparel & Fashion Technology, Renewable Energy, Handicrafts & Handlooms and their design element, Electronics System Design and Manufacturing, Information Technology enabled Services
The Policy will facilitate growth of new Start-ups through establishment of at least 10 new state-of-the-art incubators, Innovation Labs and Fabrication Labs across the three regions of the State including private sector. A strong institutional framework will be put in place for effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation of this policy.
A Monthly Allowance upto Rs 12,000 (for a period of one year) during incubation and one-time assistance upto Rs 12 lakh shall be given to a recognized Start-up for Product Research & Development or introduction of an innovative product or service in the market.
A Start-up shall be eligible for Energy Assistance, International Patent Filing Cost Reimbursement, Tax benefits/ relaxations in Public Procurement processes. Other interventions proposed in the Policy are creation of Innovation/Skill Development Fund, establishment of Jammu and Kashmir Angel Network (JKAN), Academic Interventions and Awareness and Outreach.
The Policy shall be valid for a period of ten years or till a new Start-up Policy is framed by the Government.
Giving details, he said the Secretariat employees will receive discount of 75 percentage basis point and other state government employees will get discount of 50 percentage point while availing loans from the bank. Furthermore, after applying for loan facility via Banks App or on phone, the loan will be credited to beneficiary account in as little as two hours time. “The employees don’t even need to visit any branch of the bank and all loan processing charges will be waived off,” said Parvez. “There will be no fee for opening of bank account and added facilities include maintaining zero balance account, free debit card, free online banking, concession on transaction fee, enhanced ATM usage etc.He said the employees will also get discounted locker facility ranging from zero fee to fifty percent discount.
The Chairman said that 35 percent of bank’s State portfolio which amounts to around Rs 6000 crore comes from the government employees and the MoU is aimed to derive mutual benefits and increase the portfolio size. He said the bank has already put a similar mechanism in pace JK Police and has successfully increased the client base from 25000 to 45000 among the police department only.
Chairman said JK Bank is committed to the socio-economic development of the State and it believes in carrying its people ahead in the march of progress. “When the people progress and State develops, the Bank will automatically achieve newer heights,” said the Chairman.
The meeting was attended by a number of officials, representatives of various departments and banks.