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Chief Secretary directs RDD to speed up execution of works



Department to gear up to meet annual Capex targets for sustainable, people-centric development in the rural landscape of J&K.

He made this observation while reviewing the Capex of the department in which the Commissioner/Secretary, Rural Development Department and other senior officers of the department were present.

The Chief Secretary directed the department to ensure that tendering is followed in all works in the department and all administratively approved and technical sanctioned works are allotted expeditiously in a transparent manner.

Dr Mehta directed the department to meet the 30000 works under Capex and saturate all the eligibility cases under PMAY-G with the first instalment by the end of the fiscal year.

The Chief Secretary directed the department to cover all villages under Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) and target 4 lakh Mahila Kissans under Mahila Kissan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana Scheme (MKSPS) in the next year for creating sustainable livelihood options for women in the rural areas.

In her presentation, the Commissioner/Secretary, Rural Development Department informed that the ongoing departmental works in non-convergence and convergence would be completed during the current fiscal year.

It was further informed that Rs. 40 Cr have been sanctioned during the year 2021-22 for the construction of residential buildings of DDCs/BDCs, and all efforts will be made to complete the 68 works taken up during the current year.

Given details of MGNREGA works, it was informed that 86 % of the released funds had been utilized, and 215 lakh person days have been generated during the current year.

Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna, the department informed that although69161 houses out of 137986 houses had been constructed till now, all-out efforts will be made to meet the annual target by March-end next year.

Under Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA), it was noted that 98% expenditure had been made under Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen (SBM-G), and 10636 IHHLs and 322 community sanitary complexes (CSCs)have been constructed so far during the current fiscal year.
MD, SLRM Informed that under UMEED Scheme, 6810 Self Help Groups had been mobilized against the target of 11000 Self Help Groups (SLGs), and 91.48 % expenditure has been incurred during the current fiscal year.
The Chief Secretary directed the department to prepare a fully functional 3000 Panchayat Ghars with geotagged photographs. He further directed the department to ensure that all Panchayat Ghars were supplied with computers by the end of January next year.

Dr Mehta asked the department to explore the feasibility of setting up CSCs at bus stands and village /sub-urban markets to ensure their maintenance through an aggregator approach.

In his presentation, the Principal Secretary, YSS, informed that while 118 works out of 534 approved works have been completed, the remaining works will be completed by the end of the current year.

It was further informed that J&K has 18 playgrounds with floodlight facilities.

The Chief Secretary directed the department to ensure that every district has one playground with a floodlighting facility.

In his presentation, the Principal Secretary, Science & Technology Department, informed that the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy(MNRE) had sanctioned 19000 Solar Street Lights and all 19000 SSLs stand installed.

30186 Solar Home Lights have been distributed by JAKEDA under PMDP in remote villages/hamlets of the UT at a total project cost of 20.22 Cr.
It was further informed that the Ministry had sanctioned 5000 Solar Agriculture Pumps under the PM-KUSUM scheme at an estimated budget of Rs. 135.96 Cr for installation during 2021-22 and 2022-23.

He further informed that MNRE had sanctioned 54 MW Rooftop Solar Power projects under Achievement Linked Incentive Scheme, and 8.5 MW aggregate capacity has been installed at 69 sites.

JAKEDA has also provided a solar power facility in 2227 Primary, Secondary/Hr. Secondary Schools of J&K under Samagra Shiksha Abhiyaan have an aggregate capacity of 7.90MW.

The Chief Secretary directed the department to ensure that all government buildings in Jammu City are provided with solar power facilities on a sustainable basis.

Dr Mehta directed the department to explore generating energy from biomass in Kashmir Valley, besides setting up one plant in J&K for fuel generation from plastic waste.

He asked the department to provide Solar Light options in the Kandi areas.

Principal Secretary, Estates, in his presentation, informed that about equal number of departments are working in both the capital cities of the UT and that after the practice of Darbar Move was stopped, work in offices across J&K is going on smoothly.

It was further informed that five ongoing languishing projects would be completed by the end of the current fiscal year.

It was further informed that the tenders for outsourcing sanitation work in Civil Secretariat, Jammu, will be floated in the next week.

Dr Mehta advised the department to improve the aesthetics of the secretariat entrance by de-congesting the area in and around the lawns and reimagining the existing landscape design so that the front yard of the administration becomes aesthetically pleasing.

The Chief Secretary asked the department to examine the feasibility of accommodating KAS trainees/health department officials/employees of JaKeGA on merits under an institutionally approved framework in the recently vacated housing units/quarters in J&K.


India reports over 2.86 lakh new cases with positivity rate at 19.59%; 573 deaths




India recorded 2,86,384 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 573 deaths due to the infection in the past 24 hours. According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry on Thursday (January 27), the country saw 3,06,357 discharges in the last 24 hours, taking the total recovery rate at around 93.23 per cent total recoveries data reached 3,76,77,328.

The total active cases of COVID-19 in India have risen to 22,02,472 (5.46 per cent), the ministry data showed today.

The total death toll in the country is now at 4,91,700. The first death due to the COVID pandemic in India was reported in March 2020.

The daily positivity rate is at 19.59 per cent today.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 72,21,66,248 samples have been tested up to January 25 for COVID-19. Of these, 14,62,261 samples were tested on Wednesday.

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Meanwhile, Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia on Wednesday sounded positive about the reopening of schools in the capital. He said that ‘excessive caution can harm children, which is why reopening schools is necessary to prevent further damage to the socio-emotional well being of students.

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has called a meeting on Thursday to deliberate on easing the curbs in the national capital because of the improved situation of COVID-19. The issue of reopening schools is also on the agenda.

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Lt Governor unveils ‘Charkha’ at Srinagar International Airport




Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today virtually unveiled a Charkha (Spinning Wheel) at the Srinagar International Airport.
The Charkha measuring 8.6 ft by 4.3 ft and weighing 71 kg has been installed by the Jammu & Kashmir Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB).
Speaking on the occasion, the Lt Governor said that Charkha symbolizes Mahatma Gandhi’s idea of Self-Reliance and its installation at Srinagar Airport on Republic Day is a befitting tribute to Bapu and to all the great freedom fighters of India.
“Charkha was made a symbol of economic self-reliance by Bapu in 1918 and became an important part of Swadeshi and Indian Independence movement like Non-violence, Satyagraha and Civil Disobedience”, he added.
Terming the occasion as historic, the Lt Governor said that the Charkha at Srinagar airport will inspire us to encourage greater public participation in the development framework of the UT and to meet the needs of the people by optimally utilizing our social capital and other resources.
“Today, when our country is celebrating Azadi ka Amrit Mohatsav and moving steadily towards the fourth industrial revolution, I believe Charkha will serve as a symbol of Atma Nirbhar Bharat campaign of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and will inspire the citizens of the UT and all countrymen to work towards building a self-reliant J&K, and a self-reliant India”, the Lt Governor remarked.
The Lt Governor observed that J&K is making great strides in fulfilling the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of AtmaNirbhar Bharat and keeping with this spirit, continuous efforts are being made for the revival and conservation of Khadi, Rural Arts & Crafts, besides expanding their reach to the international market.
Hon’ble Prime Minister’s slogan – ‘Khadi for Nation, Khadi for Fashion’- has gained greater popularity and now international designers are using Khadi in New York and London fashion shows, he further added.
The Lt Governor also called for collaborative efforts to preserve the identity of the world-famous handicrafts, art and culture of Jammu and Kashmir, on the occasion.
Highlighting the initiatives taken by J&K Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB) to create livelihood generation opportunities for the people of the UT, the Lt Governor said that in the last three years, 11,978 units have been established under the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Program and 1,803 units have been established under the Rural Employment Generation Program, besides 4,904 units have also been established for the deprived sections and women.
“Under all these schemes, about 1,50,000 people have been provided with viable employment opportunities”, he noted.
The Lt Governor congratulated Dr Hina Bhatt, Vice-Chairperson, Jammu & Kashmir Khadi and Village Industries Board, and the members and officials of KVIB on this historic occasion.
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Militancy incidents on decline in Pulwama, but local militant recruitment still up: GoC D P Pandey




General officer Commanding (GoC) of Srinagar-based army’s 15 Corps Lieutenant General D P Pandey Wednesday said that the southern district of Pulwama has indeed shown a decline in militancy-related incidents but the district continues to see local militant recruitment on the rise. He said that in the ensuing year, the army believes that Pulwama will see a further dip in local militant recruitment.
As per the news agency, the GoC was on a visit to the southern districts of Shopian and Pulwama on the eve of 73rd Republic Day. He met senior citizens and traders in these twin districts of South Kashmir.
Talking to media persons at Shopian, the GoC said that the people of Kashmir want peace and not militancy. “Militancy related incidents are declining and we believe they will further go down in the ongoing year,” he said.
The army officer said that if the number of militants and militancy-related incidents decline, it will provide more opportunities to local youth to make their future.
“Time has come when people have to choose the path of peace and stability,” he said, adding that the people of South Kashmir like those of north Kashmir have realized the effects of militancy.
The GoC said that the wrong narrative is being taught to children and wherever it happens, youth are bound to choose the wrong path “as it is the easy way out and just a glamour.”
“Youth are picking guns because of unemployment but the wrong path is being shown to them,” Pandey said. He said that the situation was getting better as people, especially youth have understood that taking the path of militancy was wrong.
He said that militancy-related incidents have declined in Pulwama but “local militant recruitment continues to be on the rise.” “We believe this (local militant recruitment) will also go down in the ongoing area,” the GoC said and sought people’s cooperating in bringing peace and development in southern districts of Kashmir
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Covid-19 Stats

27 Jan 2022, 6:27 AM (GMT)

Coronavirus Stats

40,371,500 Total Cases
491,729 Death Cases
37,677,328 Recovered Cases


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