Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha chaired the meeting of the Administrative Council at Raj Bhavan Jammu on Saturday.
Read The Decisions By Lt Governor’s AC
Saksham to provide special pension and scholarship to COVID victims’ families
The Administrative Council (AC), which met here under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, approved the grant of financial relief through the Special Assistance Scheme for COVID Moralities (SASCM/Saksham) to the families of COVID victims. The scheme aims to ensure sustenance of families who have lost their sole breadwinner.
Under the new scheme Saksham, the surviving spouse, and one eldest surviving member of affected families will receive a special monthly pension of Rs. 1000 through direct bank transfer (DBT), provided that they are not otherwise receiving any pension under other schemes.
Additionally, the scheme will also provide special scholarships to children who lost their earning parent(s)/ sibling(s)/ guardian(s) to COVID. The special scholarship will be paid annually at the rate of Rs. 20,000 and Rs. 40,000 through DBT to children studying up to 12th standard, and higher education, respectively.
The Administrative Council also approved the creation of a special cell in the Social Welfare Department for handholding the families of COVID victims and facilitating the extension of benefits under different Government schemes including financial assistance for self-employment.
The said cell will consist of Director General, Women & Child Development, Director, Social Welfare Kashmir/ Jammu, Mission Director, ICPS, and representative of Finance Department.
AC approves creation of IT posts for High Court
The Administrative Council (AC) which met under the chairmanship of the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, approved the proposal of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Department to create 19 posts for computer section of the High Court.
The Administrative Council approved creation of 3 posts of Assistant Registrar-I, 2 posts of Assistant Registrar-II, 4 posts of Section Officer, 4 posts of DEO, and 6 posts of Computer Operator. The decision of strengthening technical human resource at the High Court is expected to boost technological interventions in the justice administration.
Mir Bazar Grid Station to be upgraded
The Administrative Council (AC) which met under the chairmanship of the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, approved the proposal of Power Development Department to augment the capacity of 220/132 KV Mir Bazar grid station from 320 MVA to 475 MVA at an estimated cost of Rs. 29.92 crores.
Once the grid station is commissioned at the new capacity, the power supply will improve manifold to cater to the demands of emerging consumer base including industrial and commercial segments. It will also improve reliability, distribution efficiency, voltage profile, reduction in faults, and voltage variations.
The Mir Bazar grid station which was commissioned in 2011 with a connected grid capacity of about 390 MVA, is presently feeding power to 4 districts of South Kashmir- Anantnag, Kulgam, Sopian, and Pulwama.
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.
“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.
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.
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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