In an attempt to empower women socially and economically, J&K Mission Youth has announced the implementation of the Tejaswini Scheme in the Union Territory. J&K LG Manoj Sinha, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, launched a start-up funding program for adolescents and young women of the UT to make them empowered and self-dependent through their business ventures.
The broad aim of the scheme is to provide financial assistance to young women of 18 to 35 years of age for setting up gainful self-employment ventures suited to their skills, training, aptitude, and local conditions. The authorities have asked the women entrepreneurs to formalize their proposals, which the District Level Implementation Committee will approve.
A notification seeking applications will be issued in each district, while an online portal will also remain available for online applications and approvals. According to a spokesperson, female entrepreneurs shall be facilitated to avail financial assistance under Mudra from J&K Bank to the extent of Rs 5 lakh. In addition, mission Youth, J&K, shall provide Rs 50,000 or 10% of the project cost as a subsidy.
Besides, as a special incentive, Mission Youth shall also sponsor the interest component of the loan, and its repayment will be interest-free for young female entrepreneurs. The scheme intends to assist all eligible young women who are domiciles of J&K and have a qualification of matriculation and above. It will also cater to enterprises where women entrepreneurs hold not less than 50% of financial holding besides setting up women-centric businesses and micro start-ups.
Because of the low participation of women in various entrepreneurial and livelihood generation activities, Mission Youth has conceptualized this scheme for young women of UT to uplift the status of women in society. Mission Youth has set a target to cover 2,000 women entrepreneurs under the project during the current financial year. Mission Youth has earmarked a budgetary component of Rs 12 crore on government subsidy for the plan. The system has been specifically modeled to ensure that businesses set up by these young women turn into viable and flourishing enterprises.
Mission Youth has the decentralized implementation of the scheme for ensuring convenience to prospective women entrepreneurs. In this regard, a district-level committee constituted under the chairmanship of respective Deputy Commissioners shall implement the scheme and approve cases for assistance, the spokesperson said. In addition, he said concerned AD/DD Employment of each district has also been designated as Nodal Officers at the District level to facilitate women entrepreneurs under the scheme.
“The scheme will prove to be a significant step towards boosting the employment scenario in J&K where the unemployment rate is higher than the national average,” he said. Women can enroll in the scheme through the website – www.jkyouthportal.in from 27th July.
One dead, Two injured in road accident
A local ailing elderly woman died while her son and daughter-in-law were injured after the ambulance they were on board skidded off the road and fell into Chakwah stream near Batote on Kishtwar-Batote highway in Jammu’s Doda district on Saturday, officials said.
As per a police spokesperson, the accident took place at about 1645 hrs this afternoon at chakwa nullah near Batote when the ambulence bearing registration number JK06/ 8241 on way from GMC Doda to SKIMS Srinagar skidded off the road and plunged into the deep nullah.
While confirming the incident, SHO Batote, Ranjeet Singh told Greater Kashmir that soon after receiving the information, a rescue operation was launched but the ill woman, Haseena Begum, 73, wife of Late Bhadar Malik, a resident of Tantna in tehsil Gondan of Doda district, had died on the spot.
Two of her attendents-her son Mohammad Amin Malik, 35 and his wife Farida Begum, 32- received injuries in the accident, Singh said.
The couple has been shifted to CHC Batote for treatment, he added.
Reports said that the driver of the ambulance, who received minor injuries in the accident, escaped from the spot while police has taken cognizance of the incident.
No Electricity in Anand Nagar Area for Past 6 Days, Residents Stage Protest
Last Night the residents of Lane 7 and 22, Anand Nagar, Bohri, protested against the PDD Department as the area hasn’t received electricity for the past seven days. According to the locals, whenever PDD fixes a new transformer, it either burns down or gets damaged within an hour. The residents said that they would continue their protest until the area receives electricity.
A resident complained that “the department had installed three transformers, and all of them got burnt down within one hour of installation. This is because the employees are not getting the main default, and only for formality they are installing the transformers. So the locals are compelled to leave the area and settle down in some other locality. We have contacted the Chief Engineer, DC and LG, but no one hears our problem”.
“I’ve called Rohit Kansal, and he asked me to text him my problem. But, unfortunately, he doesn’t have a little time to hear our problems. Despite suspending the AEE of the area, the government is not taking any step to solve our problem”, another local said.
The locals warned that if the government doesn’t take action immediately, we will block the road on Saturday.
2 PDD X-Ens attached, AEE suspended
The Government today attached two Executive Engineers (X-Ens) and suspended an Assistant Executive Engineer (AEE) of the Power Development Department for disturbances in distribution/ supply of electricity to the consumers.
Official sources said that in view of the disturbances observed in the functioning of Grids in the jurisdiction of these above mentioned officers in Jammu in the recent past, an inquiry was initiated by the Principal Secretary Power, Rohit Kansal.]
Taking serious note of the issue, Principal Secretary, Power attached I/C Executive Engineer TLMD-II, JKPTCL, Jammu, Sanjeev Kumar Rohmetra and I/C Executive Engineer , STD-I, JPDCL, Jammu Bishan Dass to the Administrative department with immediate effect.
Meanwhile, in view of consistent failure to respond to the public grievances regarding irregular supply of electricity under his jurisdiction, Principal Secretary PDD, today placed Incharge AEE, Vivek Gupta posted at Sub Division Canal of Electric Division-III, Jammu (JPDCL) under suspension. During his suspension, the officer shall remain attached to the Administrative Department.
The Government has directed all the Division and Sub Division level officers and other PDD field staff to respond to the public grievances in case of power failure and keep their mobile/ land line phones on even after office timings.
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