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PDD to implement online system for power inspections, certification: Rohit Kansal

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The Power Development Department (PDD) will soon be moving its entire process of inspections and certifications online, Principal Secretary, PDD, Rohit Kansal said at a meeting on Friday.

Kansal was chairing a meeting to review the progress of various IT projects being carried out for augmentation of power sector and strengthening IT and Communication Divisions of J&K PDD here at the Civil Secretariat.

The meeting was attended by Managing Director Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited (KPDCL), Basharat Qayoom; Secretary Technical (PDD), Bashir Ahmad Dar; Director Finance (PDD), M Sultan Malik; Chief Engineer Distribution, Ajaz Ahmad; Chief Engineer Projects, Javid Ahmad and Executive Engineer IT Division (PDD), Surjeel Ghani.

The meeting was informed that private as well as government consumers would now be able to apply online for inspections and the requisite payments and delivery of inspection certificates would also be online.

The website was already being tested by the Inspections wing in Jammu and the same would be launched soon formally, the meeting was informed.

The meeting also discussed various aspects and issues related to implementation of Information Technology in JKPDD, status and progress achieved for various ongoing projects such as SCADA/DMS, RT-DAS under various centrally sponsored schemes such as RAPDRP and smart metering, besides customer care and call centre.

The Principal Secretary also made a special mention of the measures required to enhance ease of doing business and said that important customer centric matters such as new connections, change in names, bill payment and similar other activities should move entirely online.

The Principal Secretary urged the engineers to speed up the execution of projects. He reminded them of upcoming deadlines of projects like SCADA and RTDAS and urged them to pull up the vendors and contractors to deliver the projects as per the deadlines allotted. He made a special reference to the call centre and stressed upon the XEN IT to ensure prompt disposal of the public complaints being reported through the call centre.

While speaking on the occasion, the Principal Secretary observed that with the increasing smartness of various power scheme equipments, the challenges on the cyber security front are also increasing and securing power related equipments and systems from threat of cyber attack is now an important task.

He said that it is now extremely important for all utilities as well as Transcos and Gencos to be on constant alert to any cyber threats.

He said that it is desirable to plug in with suitable countermeasures to improve and increase the security of the power systems and equipment.

He also called upon the concerned officers to go for a safety audit of websites keeping in mind their vulnerability to online security threats

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High alert at Jammu-Kashmir National Highway, strict checking in Kathua

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Two mysterious flying objects suspected to be drones that were spotted at Birpur Kaluchak area of Jammu and Nihalpur in Kathua on Friday by the local youth have prompted the security agencies to go on high alert.

The video of the drones captured by the locals soon became viral. A quick reaction team of the police swung into action and shot it down using anti-drone strategy in the early hours.

Apart from Kathua, the Jammu and Kashmir Police has put nakas at all the entry points of the UT and the National borders. The security forces are led by SSP Kathua along with Kathua Police and SOG team.

The Administration has directed for the information inputs. Any information by the locals shall be taken into consideration and investigated.

The security forces have appealed the public and passerby people to co-operate with the checking on the Highways.

Since the drone attack at the Jammu Airforce airbase on June 27, several drones have been spotted on multiple locations in Jammu in the last month and the strict checking at the Police nakas is ongoing.

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Youth in Kathua Stage Protest Against SHO, Kathua, Demands Termination

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Yesterday a Councillor got engaged with a JK Police Officer. The Councillor has reached to review a protest by the Shiv Nagar, Kathua, over the power cuts. The protestors have blocked the National Highway. The police officer asked the protestors to stage their protest off the road and not block the Highway. But, on numerous requests by the police, the protestors didn’t leave the road then the police started dragging the protestors from the road.

On Saturday, the youngsters of Kathua protested against Kathua Police and blocked the road. According to the youngsters, the SHO has misbehaved with the Councillor. A police party tried to resolve the matter, but the protestors didn’t agree. The Councillor demanded that the SHO apologize for his actions in front of the media or be suspended.

While talking to the media, a Sarpanch said, “yesterday’s incident was very shameful. The people elected the Councillor, and the SHO dragged him like an offender. The locals were protesting only to demand their rights. They were not doing anything illegal. We criticize the incident and demand that the SHO should be suspended. If he treats the Councillor this way, then how he treats the common public”.

Amish Mahajan
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JK Media

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Yasha Mudgal chairs Board meeting of Jammu Central Co-op Bank Ltd to sanction a 100 Crores Loan for Govt backed JKIDFC

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Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Anshul Garg; Managing Director, Jammu Central Cooperative Bank, Nishi Kant Sharma; Director, Accounts & Treasuries Jammu, Neeraj Gupta Bakshi; Director, Agriculture Jammu, Dr K K Sharma; Senior Advocate, Seema Khajuria Shekhar; Ex President, J&K Bank Ltd, S K Bhat; attended the meeting as members of the Board via video conferencing.

Managing Director, Jammu Central Cooperative Bank apprised the meeting about the various components and the present status of the physical and financial achievements of the bank. He also highlighted the various issues pertaining to the dealing with disbursement of loans of agriculture, horticulture and Cooperative sectors.

On the occasion, the members of Professional Board of Directors of Jammu Central Cooperatives Bank Limited also spoke and gave their valuable suggestions to further improving the working of the bank and also agreed with the Chairman for sanctioning 100 cr rupees loan to JKIDFC Ltd, considering it a good business opportunity backed by irrevocable and unconditional guarantee by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir. The board unanimously decided that bank should sanction and release the said term loan in favour of JKIDFC subject to compliances of the observations raised by the Directors during the deliberations.
Secretary directed the MD to follow guidelines of RBI, and NABARD . With the sanctioning of the said term loan of Rs. 100 crores, the CD ratio of the bank will improve substantially and NPA ratio will come down. This will also lead to an increase in the interest income of the bank with good returns. The bank which is reeling under losses year after year , will be immensely benefitted with this regular income which will result in its operating income going up and losses getting reduced .

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