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Excise Dept fines truckers evading Toll tax

Jammu, October 23 :

  Excise Department today slapped fine on two minor mineral laden trucks for evading Toll here at Toll Post Gandyal, Kathua.As per the department handout, a team of officials intercepted two vehicles bearing registration Nos.PB04V-0323 & PB35N-9117 each carrying ‘Sand’ illegally with malafide intentions to evade the Toll.

The Excise department team led by ETOs Varinder Gupta and Aamir Ayaiz Rather laid nakas at different points and chased the evading vehicles in a calculated and strategic manner on established Toll Post Gandyal. The accused drivers had a scuffle with the Excise team but eventually were apprehended and the vehicles were confiscated by the team and brought to Toll Post Lakhanpur. Accordingly, the proceedings under sections 3 & 8 of the J&K Levy of Tolls Act, 1995, were initiated and demand notices were issued to owners/ drivers of the vehicles against Rs. 451220/- which includes Basic toll & toll on goods and fine.The operation was monitored by Ashish Kumar Gupta, Deputy Excise Commissioner, Toll Post Lakhanpur under overall guidance of Excise Commissioner, Talat Parvez Rohella. The department has launched a massive drive against the toll evaders after the Court   in series of judgments has directed all the stone crushers units operating in KerianGandyal and Nagri and nearby areas of Kathua District to route their material through Toll Posts established at Gandyal Village and Nagri and pay Toll tax in accordance with rule 3(2) of J&K Levy of Toll Act, 1995.

Vyas chairs Board of Directors meetings of JK Housing Board, Building Centre

Srinagar, October 23 :

Advisor to Governor B B Vyas Tuesday underlined the need for proper planning and management to ensure planned development and decent urban life to people.

The Advisor was speaking during 46th Board of Directors meeting of Jammu and Kashmir Housing Board and 5th Board Directors meeting of Building Centre Srinagar, convened to discuss their working and the projects being undertaken by these Corporations.

The Advisor was briefed about the functioning of Jammu and Kashmir Housing Board and the progress of various developmental works being carried out by them. During the meeting, the development of Housing colonies at KotBhalwal, Jammu, Samba and Vijaipur were also discussed. It was informed that about 1500 Kanals of private land has been identified at KotBhalwal for development of a housing colony. The meeting discussed setting up of housing colonies in Kashmir and Jammu Divisions. The progress under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, housing for all - Scheme under which affordable houses to the urban poor was also discussed.

He said that with the increase in the population the need for establishing new colonies and vertical dwelling units has increased in a geometric progression and the corporations should fulfil their role to meet these needs.The Advisor directed the officers to come up with self- sustaining commercial assets which would also ensure proper revenue generation to these authorities, besides giving impetus to the economic activities of the state.Advisor while reviewing the status of implementation of various projects being undertaken by these organisations called for their completion within the stipulated time frame. He directed for strict monitoring of projects and immediate redressal of any kind of bottlenecks.He also called for expediting work on all the developmental projects under the Board at an earliest and also reviewed the progress of deposit works being executed by the Housing Board on behalf of the other Government Departments.

Financial Commissioner Housing and Urban development, KB Agarwal, Principal Secretary Finance, Navin Choudhary, Principal Secretary Planning, Rohit Kansal, Managing Director Housing Board and other officers attended the meeting. Divisional Commissioner Jammu Sanjiv Verma and vice chairman JDA Pawan Kotwal attended the meeting through video conferencing.  While holding meeting of Board of Directors of Building Centre Jammu/Srinagar, the Advisor was briefed that the Building Centre promotes cost-effective building technologies and manufacturing of low-cost building materials substitute to conventional building materials.The Advisor was apprised that Building Centre Srinagar is providing cost effective building materials and the rates for building materials are 15% lesser than the market rate.The meeting was informed that Building Centre’s main objectives is to collect, develop and disseminate information on various low-cost technologies and to provide assistance for promoting entrepreneurship by organising various training programmes and standardisation of modular construction practices.The Advisor was further apprised that these products are cost-effective, environment-friendly, meet quality standards and are substantially being used in the construction of lanes, drains, pavements, boundary walls and houses both in public as well as private sectors.

The Advisor directed the Building Centre to come up with cost effective innovations so that people are provided with cheap building materials which are in consonance with modern techniques and trends.He said that they should also come up with the products which are in tune with the building material trends available in the market so that they can also effectively compete and create a niche for themselves.The meeting attended by financial commissioner housing and urban development K.B Agarwal, Secretary Housing and urban development, Commissioner SMC, VC SDA, Managing Director Building.

CEO felicitates Shrine Board coached archers for participating in Jakarta Asian Para Games


Katra, October 23:

 Mr. Simrandeep Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, inaugurated a week-long Martial Art-cum-Self Defence Coaching Camp for girls at the Shrine Board’s Sports Complex, Katra today.

In all, 110 students of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi College of Nursing, Kakryal; campers of the Sports Complex Coaching Centre; Government Higher Secondary School, Katra; Government Girls High School, Katra and Trikuta Public School, Katra; besides several other participants from the area are taking part in this camp. They will be provided coaching in the various aspects of the Martial Art-cum-Self Defence by the highly specialised trainers.       

On this occasion, the CEO felicitated Mr. Rakesh Kumar and Ms. Jyoti Vallian, the two archers who participated in the 12th Asian Para Archery Games held recently at Jakarta in Indonesia and, besides, Mr. Kuldeep Vaidwan, Archery Coach of the Shrine Board, who accompanied the Indian Para Archery contingent to Jakarta. It is pertinent to mention that Mr. Rakesh Kumar and Ms. Jyoti Vallian have been trained by the Shrine Board at its Sports Complex Coaching Centre at Katra and they have secured 10th and 7th places respectively in the championship.     

Speaking on the occasion, the CEO congratulated the achievers of the Asian Para Games for their spectacular performance and exuded confidence that given the excellent facilities, expert coaching, hard work and dedication, the sports persons being trained at the Shrine Board’s Sports Complex will win medals at the various national and international levels, thereby bringing laurels to the country, the state and the Shrine Board.Dr. Arvind Karwani, Dy. Chief Executive Officer of the Shrine Board, spoke about the coaching and all other facilities made available by the Shrine Board at the Sports Complex.  

Mr. Ashok Kumar, Director Sports, SMVDSB, spoke about the aims and objectives of organising the Martial Art-cum-Self Defence Coaching Camp, which is part of the annual sports calendar of the Sports Complex. He also dwelt on the various subjects which will be covered during the camp. He gave details of various achievements of the sportspersons trained in the Sports Complex Coaching Centre.           Among those present on the occasion were Dr. Shailla Cannie, Principal of the SMVD College of Nursing; Mr. P. C. Tanoch, Executive Engineer, SMVDSB; other officers of Shrine Board, participants of the training camp and campers of the Sports Complex Coaching Centre.   

Navin Choudhary chairs official panel meeting on issues of SSA teachers


Srinagar, October 23 :

Principal Secretary, Finance, Navin K Choudhary, today chaired a meeting of the State Committee set up to address the issues of SarvaShikhsha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers working in different areas of J&K.During the meeting, Secretary, School Education, Ajit Sahu made a presentation on the roadmap being worked out by the School Education Department for addressing the issues of the Education Department teachers, including regularization of existing General Line Teachers and SSA teachers, and their promotions.Sahu briefed the Finance Secretary about the measures taken by the School Education Department, including a proposal for changing recruitment rules, stopping fresh recruitment and promotions of ReTs in a way that it doesn’t impact the career prospects of General Line teachers.  Based on the presentation, the resource gap was identified by the Committee in the existing funding for paying the salaries of the SSA teachers and several options were examined to fund the gap.

The Committee recommended that the School Education Department is in a position to pay one-month salary of the SSA teachers which may be approved by the Chief Secretary. 

The Finance Secretary said the State Government will take all measures required to fulfill the genuine demands of the SSA teachers while calling for a further discussion on the issue in Jammu after Darbar move.

Feroz Khan reviews functioning of Education Deptt in Kargil

Kargil, October 23:

 Chairman and Chief Executive Councillor (CEC), Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Kargil, Feroz Ahmad Khan today directed the Chief Education Officer (CEO), Kargil to identify the land for construction of a new Girls Hostel and submit the report to the concerned quarters at an earliest so that the fund can be released under SAMAGRA scheme for the purpose.

This instruction was given by the CEC in a meeting convened to review and discuss the physical and financial achievements of various schemes being implemented in the Education Department in district Kargil.

Threadbare discussion was held on the pace of progress of ongoing works under SSA and RMSA. Pending works under    KGBV was also discussed in detail.

It was informed in the meeting that the construction work on Girls Hostel Ponikhar under RMSA is in full swing and is in final stage.The CEC directed the Executing Agencies to gear up their field functionaries and speed up the pace of work on all the ongoing development works taken up under SSA and RMSA besides other schemes in the Education sector in the district. 

He also stressed on utilization of funds in full and judicious manner.

The meeting was attended by the CEO, Mohammed Mussa and other senior officers of Education Department besides, District Youth Services and Sports Officer.

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