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JK Govt bans official dinners, conferences, purchase of new vehicles; officers to travel by economy class



The Lieutenant Governor’s administration has taken a big and tough step on Monday to check the wasteful expenditure in government departments. The Finance Department has given clear instructions to all government departments and autonomous units that minimum spending should be spent in conducting any conference, seminar, or workshop. Only those seminars should be conducted, which are very important. There will be a complete ban on holding meetings, conferences in private hotels. Government buildings, premises to be used for conferences and meetings. The Directors and Advisors of the Finance Department have also been advised to supervise their respective departments. Along with this, it has been asked to submit its full report to the Finance Department.

In the order issued by Atal Dullu, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Department, it has been said that there should be a balanced pace of expenditure. Refrain from holding exhibitions, fairs, workshops outside Jammu and Kashmir except in promoting tourism, art, culture or investment. Video conferencing facility is better and should be used. Travelling for meetings should be avoided. Air travel low-cost tickets should be taken in all cases. Foreign travel will not be allowed without the special approval of the Finance Department. Officers can travel within the country only through economy class.

New vehicles can be bought as per the requirement, and this can be done by replacing old cars. No furniture is allowed to be purchased from the available funds except in newly established offices, and for that, approval from the Finance Department has to be obtained. Auction old furniture.

Not only this, there will be a complete ban on the hosting of official dinners and lunches. It can be organized only after being hosted by the Chief Secretary and the Lieutenant Governor or with the special approval of the Lieutenant Governor.

It has been said that the expenditure in the last quarter of the financial year should be up to 30 per cent of the total budget estimate and the spending in March should be up to 15 per cent of the budget estimate. Goods and services should be paid for in the last month of the financial year, and no amount should be released in advance. Advance payment to the contractor should be as per rules so that the government does not have to deal with legal or contractual liabilities.

Any loan, advance relief, rehabilitation to government officials can be given on humanitarian grounds. Any special case can be with the approval of the Finance Department. Everyone should stay away from the purchase expenses in the last month, and no one should spend unnecessarily.


BSF deploys more troops, surveillance equipment along border in J&K as part of ‘winter strategy’




The Border Security Force (BSF) has deployed additional troops along with anti-fog surveillance equipment on the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir as part of its “winter strategy” to foil infiltration bids and terror plans ahead of Republic Day celebrations, officials said on Friday.
BSF troops guarding the 200-km International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir have been put on alert to ensure a high degree of security against infiltrating terrorists.
“We have mobilised troops along the border. Extra troops have been deployed along with surveillance equipment along IB in view of the foggy weather and Republic Day celebrations,” a senior officer told.
He said that operations and night domination exercises have increased along the border which witnesses dense fog during winters.
Officials pointed to terrorists using fog as a cover to infiltrate and said the winter strategy that has been put in place includes the measures to deal with security setup during the foggy season.
Troops have plugged all the gaps in riverine areas of Ujh, Bansantar and Chenab, they said.
The steps to beef up the security along the IB have been taken in view of the Republic Day celebrations.
Police have also put up several checkpoints on roads leading to the border and increased checking, they said.
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LeT, Al-Badr Militants Planning To Sneak in JK Via PoK: Intel Agencies Warns





Amid the heavy snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir, the intelligence agencies have warned that militants from Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Al Badr are planning to sneak into the Union Territory through Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), sources in the security set-up said.

The sources, quoting intelligence inputs, said that at least seven militants of LeT and five of Al Badra are trying to cross over to Jammu and Kashmir from two different areas located in PoK.

The intelligence alert has specifically said that from one place in PoK, the LeT ultras will be trying to infiltrate with the help of a launchpad commander, while the five Al Badr militants are located near a launchpad in Balakot, who are being escorted by a local guide to infiltrating from the Bhimber Gali side in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The intel alerts have been shared with the J&K Police, Central security forces and the Army who have been asked to intensify patrolling along the international border adjoining the Bhimber Gali.

“The alert is a matter of major concern for the security forces ahead of the Republic Day, and if they (militants) are trying to cross the international border amid the heavy snowfall, it indicates that they must be equipped with winter clothing and navigational devices,” an official in the security forces deployed in J&K said.

He also said that in recent operations launched by the Central security forces and the state police, the militants who were neutralised had army grade winter clothing and other staff like dry fruits and dry meals. This also indicates that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is providing logistic support to these terrorists.

Recent intelligence inputs have also revealed that ISI has been searching for new routes to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir besides establishing new control rooms in PoK.

The security forces, after intercepting messages, revealed that eight new routes have been identified which are covered with snow and have less patrolling by Indian forces during peak winters.

The intelligence intercepts have further revealed that Pakistan has activated new terror launch pads along the Line of Control (LoC) with increased efforts to aid infiltration bids into Jammu and Kashmir before the Republic Day on January 26.

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Beware: Lady thief roaming the streets of Roop Nagar




Another theft case of ₹7,200 has been reported from a boutique named ” The Hanger’ located on the main road in Roop Nagar, Jammu.

A lady who visited the boutique duped the owner and took away garments amounting to a total of ₹7,200.

The owner at first didn’t recognise the lady, but she pretended as if she was their regular customer.

“After selecting the garments, she asked for an assistant boy to come along and will make the payment to him as she reaches her residence”, the owner said.

She instead fooled the owner and the boy as well and wasn’t seen anywhere after that.

The boutique owner has filed a complaint in the nearest police station on January 18.

Police are investigating the matter, and soon the lady thief would be caught; till then, the locals are advised to beware of such miscreants.

Aditi Tikku


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