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New Industrial Policy to Generate 4.5 lakh Jobs in J&K: MoS I&C

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Union Minister of State for Industries and Commerce, Anupriya Singh Patel, said that the new Industrial policy would employ 4.5 lakh unemployed youth in Jammu and Kashmir.

She informed that an Industrial land bank had been established for Industrial growth, and 6000 acres of land had been acquired. “Under this new Industrial policy, 4.50 lakh unemployed youth would be provided employment”, the Minister informed.

As part of the Central Government’s Public Outreach Programme, Union Minister of State for Industries and Commerce, Anupriya Singh Patel, today concluded her two-day visit to district Rajouri.

On the second day of her tour, the Union MoS visited Panchayat Saranoo of Block Dhangri and interacted with the women PRI and the general public. The PRIs and the locals raised several issues and demands about different sectors. “All efforts are being made to bring JK into mainstream development and several schemes while enumerating the steps being taken to encourage investment and promote industrial development in the UT. She informed that in a significant decision, the government of India had approved a new Industrial Developmental Scheme for Jammu and Kashmir.

“To tap the export potential of agricultural and industrial products, the Government is engaging with states and union territories to implement the Districts as Export Hub initiative in all districts of the country”, she informed. She further said that under the DEH initiative, District Export Promotion Committees have been constituted in most of the districts and products/services with export potential have been identified in each district.s have been launched in this regard”, she said.

While stressing export promotion, the MoS said that it would play a considerable role in employment generation and asked the concerned to make a suitable district export plan to make the district an export hub of indigenous products.

She said as Rajouri has immense potential in dairy and other sectors, we are working on a multi-pronged strategy on value addition and proper market linkage of the indigenous products to raise the per capita income of the district. Enlisting the measures taken for Ease of Doing Business, Patel apprised the necessary steps to make Jammu and Kashmir a point of attraction under industrial investment

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Two Rajouri residents missing after snowstorm traced in Shopian

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Police on Wednesday said the two residents of Rajouri who had gone missing after being caught in a snowstorm in the upper reaches of the district had been traced in south Kashmir’s Shopian district.

In an official statement, Rajouri police said that a missing report of the duo was lodged on 24 October in police station Budhal in which it came to fore that one person, namely Javed Shah, son of Haneef Shah resident of Targain along with a relative namely Khadam Shah son of Muzamal Shah resident of Hasote Chasana Reasi went to Kashmir by foot along with their sheep on 22 October. Still, no further communication had been possible with them.

On receipt of this information, a police party from Police Station Budhal was rushed to the upper reaches of snowbound mountains for a search and rescue operation. At the same time, the army also assisted in this operation, whereas police from Reasi district dispatched its teams for this operation, said police.

In the meantime, a specific technical exercise was initiated, and the Budhal police station gathered information based on technical evidence to trace the missing person, police informed.

Based on this technical exercise, the PS Budhal team led by SHO Mustaj Ahmed succeeded in tracking the said person from the Mony Mahal area of Shopian district.

District Police Shopian immediately swung into action and assisted in establishing contact with the missing person, who has now been safely traced.

SP Rajouri, Sheema Nabi Qasba has appealed to the people not to venture on snowbound mountains and areas and to move only on those safe tracks in the winter season.

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AC Approves Creation of 4 new Courts of Additional District & Sessions Judge

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The Administrative Council (AC), which met here under the chairmanship of the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, accorded approval for the creation of four courts of Additional District & Sessions Judges at district headquarters- one each in District Samba, Bandipora, Ganderbal and Poonch.

Farooq Khan and Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisors to the Lieutenant Governor, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, J&K and Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor, attended the meeting.

The Administrative Council also approved the creation of 40 new posts of different categories (10 each) at the new court complexes in the four selected districts with a financial implication of Rs. 258.245 lacs (salary) and Rs 21.657 lacs (NPS) per financial year.

The gradual increase in the population of Jammu and Kashmir has substantially enhanced the judicial workload, which has necessitated the opening of new court complexes to cater to the increased public demand.

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J&K Rolls Out Aspirational Blocks Development Programme

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For intensive and focussed development of the 44 most backward blocks of the Union territory, the Administrative Council (AC), which met here under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, approved the rollout of the prestigious ”Aspirational Blocks Development Programme”.

Farooq Khan and Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisors to the Lieutenant Governor, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, J&K and Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor, attended the meeting.

The blocks identified under the Aspirational Blocks Development Programme are the most backward blocks of the UT of Jammu and Kashmir, requiring particular focus to par with other blocks. In addition, the programme aims to improve development in terms of various socio-economic parameters like education, health and wellbeing, and overall living conditions of the people.

These Aspirational Blocks shall be developed by converging various ongoing UT schemes/programmes and centrally sponsored schemes/ programmes. The District Development Commissioners will be tasked with preparing a suitable development plan. In contrast, the Planning Development and Monitoring Department will constantly monitor the district-wise progress of these blocks through a digital portal.

Under the programme, the resources will be delineated across various development sectors – poverty, health & nutrition, education, and basic infrastructure, at the district level. Additionally, an amount of Rs. 1.00 crore will be provided to each block after fulfilment of defined criteria.

The best practices implemented in the development of Aspirational Blocks will be acknowledged and duly replicated in other blocks to ensure the Union territory’s inclusive and equitable socio-economic development.

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