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Lt Governor chairs high level meeting



Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha chaired a high-level meeting with Administrative Secretaries of the Union Territory at the Civil Secretariat, here today.

During the meeting, he urged the officials to improve the speed and quality of decision-making without fear and favour. He stressed that every department of administration must be responsive and accountable for citizen-centric governance.

“Administrative Secretaries must interact with public on daily basis and redress their grievances with empathy. Officers should put an end to ad-hocism, determine the need and action required for the welfare of common man”, the Lt Governor asserted.

Reiterating that an accountable, transparent and responsive administration is the cornerstone of any good governance structure, the Lt Governor asked the officers to remain connected with people so that maximum benefits of pro-people initiatives taken by the government percolate to the common man on the ground.

“Common people should feel the difference and I urge upon all of you to have a friendly and pro-people attitude so as to resolve their issues and grievances by strengthening grievance redressal mechanism where higher officers acknowledge and take timely objective actions on the public grievances emanating through any channel,” he said

Underlining the importance of completion of various developmental projects taken up in the region, the Lt Governor maintained that a focused approach should be employed so that all these projects are finished within specified timelines.

“The officers have done a great job in handling the pandemic and simultaneously pushing the developmental work. Moving forward, scheduling due dates and deliverables is compulsory for every project”, he added.

He called upon the officers to follow strict timelines in all projects and fix responsibilities for any unwarranted delays in the developmental projects in the UT, with alacrity.

Commending the efforts of Health & Medical Education and other concerned departments in managing COVID-19 pandemic in the UT, he observed that J&K has handled the pandemic efficiently and effectively.

The Lt Governor noted that the Covid related challenges are not over. Even though we have transformed healthcare infrastructure in the last 10 months, it is imperative to continue real-time, personalized communication with the public while enabling greater efficiency and better coordination amongst concerned departments.

Meanwhile, the Lt Governor appreciated the work of outgoing Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam for his contribution towards the development of J&K. “Mr. Subrahmanyam has a high administrative acumen and he has raised the bar of administration with his dedication, honesty and commitment”, he noted.

Earlier, addressing the meeting, Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta highlighted the importance of managing COVID-19 pandemic on priority and at the same time taking forward the developmental agenda.

He asked the officers to work out on the plan to reduce Covid positivity rate in the districts with proper implementation of Covid protocol and restrictions.

He stressed that the UT plan and district plans should be approved by 10th of June, and asked the Secretaries to speed up the work on various JKIDFC projects.

“Since we have shifted to e-office, let us all speed up the process to clear files with clear objective of maximum governance.”

On the occasion, Dr Mehta also expressed his gratitude to the outgoing Chief Secretary for his invaluable support during his tenure.

The outgoing Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam thanked the Lt Governor and other officers, and said that it was an honor to work with such a team of brilliant officers.

Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary; Atal Dulloo, Financial Commissioner H&ME; Shaleen Kabra, Principal Secretary Home Department; Bipul Pathak, Principal Secretary Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj; Dheeraj Gupta, Housing and Urban Development Department; Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon, Principal Secretary Skill Development Department; Naveen Kumar Choudhary, Principal Secretary Department of Agriculture Production & Farmers’ Welfare; Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary PDD and Information Department; Shailendra Kumar, Principal Secretary Public Works (R&B) Department; Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lt Governor; Manoj K Dwivedi, Commissioner/Secretary GAD; HirdeKumar, Chief Electoral Officer and Commissioner/Secretary Transport Department; Sarita Chauhan, Commissioner/Secretary Labour and Employment Department; Sanjeev Verma, Commissioner Secretary Department of Forest, Ecology and Environment ; Saurabh Bhagat, DG J&K Institute of Management, Public Administration and Rural Development; Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; M Raju, Commissioner Secretary Jal Shakti Department; Sheetal Nanda, Secretary Social Welfare Department; Yasha Mudgul, Secretary Cooperatives Department ; Simrandeep Singh, Secretary Department of DMRR&R; Sushma Chauhan, Secretary Higher Education Department; Sarmad Hafeez, Secretary Tourism Department and other concerned attended the meeting in person and through virtual mode.


Persons with negative report exempted from testing at Lakhanpur




District administration Kathua has ordered exemption from covid testing of persons having negative RTPCR report at Lakhanpur.

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“As per communication received from Divisional Commissioner Jammu, it is hereby ordered that all passengers entering J&K carrying the covid RT-PCR negative report for the test conducted during the last 48 hours may be allowed hassle free movement without subsequent testing at Lakhanpur as well as railway station, Kathua,” reads the order issued by District Magistrate Kathua and Chairman DDMA, Rahul Yadav.

Yadav told Greater Kashmir that people with covid negative report of not more than 48 hours, will be allowed to enter into J&K through Lakhanpur without them being subjected to subsequent covid testing.

Today, 6500 people were tested for covid19 on their entry at Lakhanpur, he informed.


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Portion of bridge washed away due to heavy rain




A big portion the bridge over Pai Nallah on Simbal Choa – Dera Baba road was damaged due to heavy rainfall, following which vehicular traffic on the road was closed.

One side of the bridge at village Bhabar, about 20 km from Reasi, has caved in. This bridge connects Dera Baba Banda Bahadur with Reasi.

According to Bodh Raj, former Sarpanch of the area, closure of the bridge because of damage has caused immense problem for the locals. “Condition of the roads from Simbal Chuha to Dera Baba Banda Bahadur and from Bhabar to Kundra is very dilapidated. The road from Bhabar to Kundra is in bad condition. Five kilometers of road is in bad condition which needs proper attention from the administration, he added.

People of the area have to the District Administration and DDC Chairperson to look after the matter and got the damaged part of the bridge repaired at the earliest so that vehicular movement is restored as early as possible.

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DC Jammu issues new timings for opening shops




District Magistrate Jammu Anshul Garg has issued guidelines for opening of Shops/ Establishment in district.

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Covid-19 Stats

14 Jun 2021, 3:07 AM (GMT)

Coronavirus Stats

29,507,438 Total Cases
374,287 Death Cases
28,148,977 Recovered Cases


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