Administrative Council approves filling up of left over vacancies in Paramedical Institutions after centralized counseling by J&K BOPEE is over

JAMMU, FEBRUARY 21: The Administrative Council (AC) which met here under the chairmanship of the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, approved filling up of left over vacancies in paramedical institutions after centralized counseling by Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (BOPEE) is over.Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor; Atal Dulloo, Chief Secretary; Mandeep Kumar Bhandari, Principal Secretary to Lieutenant Governor attended the meeting.The Administrative Council approved filling up of left over seats for admission to M.Sc/ B.Sc Nursing, Post Basic B.Sc Nursing, B. Pharmacy Course and various Paramedical Courses in the Government run institutions and Private Institutions in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir by the Institution itself, on merit basis strictly as per the eligibility criteria and Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) framed by the Government, after centralized counseling by the Jammu and Kashmir Board of Professional Entrance Examinations is over.This has been necessitated because of the fact that majority of such seats in the Private as well as Government Nursing and Paramedical Institutions remain unfilled and a representation in this regard was submitted by the promoters of the institutions. By virtue of SAC decision dated 30-7-2019, Health and Medical Education Department issued SRO-505 of 2019 dated 20-8-2019 vide which admission to Nursing and Paramedical courses offered by Government/ Private Institutions/ Universities were to be made by J&K BOPEE on merit basis. Subsequently vide SRO- 640 of 2019 dated 24-10-2019, the notification SRO-505 of 2019 dated 20-8-2019 was to take effect from academic session 2020-21. Admissions were made by J&K, BOPEE but majority of seats in Government/Private Institutions remain unfilled.The case was examined and the model in State of Punjab was also studied. Thereafter the Health and Medical Education Department took a decision to frame SoPs in consultation with Registrar, J&K, Paramedical Council. In consultation with GAD and J&K BOPEE, H&ME Department submitted the instant proposal for the approval of Administrative Council.


Administrative Council approves 5 Special Courts for trials under NDPS Act

JAMMU, FEBRUARY 21: Administrative Council (AC) which met here under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, approved creation of 05 Special Courts along with posts for trial of offences under NDPS Act along with supporting staff and infrastructure, one each in districts of Anantnag, Baramulla, Jammu, Pulwama and Srinagar in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor; Atal Dulloo, Chief Secretary; Mandeep Kumar Bhandari, Principal Secretary to Lieutenant Governor attended the meeting.This has been done in compliance to the orders of High Court in case titled Thana Singh vs Central Bureau of Narcotics and High Court J&K in case titled Arshad Ahmad Allaie Vs UT of J&K.A resolution of Committee of Judges of J&K High Court have recommended that Special Courts must be created at-least in those districts where pendency of NDPS cases is more than 500 which has also been approved by the Chief Justice. The step will have annual financial implications of Rs.4.65 Cr for the UT.


Administrative Council approves 50% hike in honorarium of Rehbar-e-Khel teachers

JAMMU, FEBRUARY 21: The Administrative Council (AC) which met here under the chairmanship of the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, accorded approval to 50%hike in honorarium in favour of 2417 Rehbar-e-Khel(s) (ReK) physical education teachers of Youth Services and Sports Department.Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor; Atal Dulloo, Chief Secretary; Mandeep Kumar Bhandari, Principal Secretary to Lieutenant Governor attended the meeting.Earlier a High Powered Committee under Chief Secretary constituted for the purpose in the year 2021 have recommended hike in honorarium at 50% in favour of these Rehbar-e-Khel teachers.The enhancement of honorarium in favour of ReKs will encourage them for further promotion and popularization of sports activities in the schools of UT of J&K.


Dr. Abid reviews functioning of JKMSCL: Directs for timely supply of drugs, essential equipments to all Govt. hospitals

SRINAGAR, FEBRUARY 21: Secretary, Health & Medical Education, Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed Shah today undertook a comprehensive review to assess the functioning of Jammu and Kashmir Medical Supplies Corporation Limited (JKMSCL) during a meeting at Civil Secretariat here today.The meeting was attended by Managing Director, JKMSCL, Special Secretary Health and Medical Education, Director Finance, H&ME, Financial Advisor / CAO, General Managers, Deputy General Managers and Medical Officers of the JKMSCL.Addressing the officers during the meeting, the Secretary instructed the management of JKMSCL to work in mission mode and ensure the seamless and timely supplies to the health care institutions across the J&K especially the availability of the medicines under Essential Drug List (EDL).He also emphasised on the need to strengthen supply chain management. He instructed them to ensure the procurement of quality medicines with zero tolerance on substandard drugs. He further emphasised on setting up a fool proof mechanism for testing regime.The Secretary also instructed the officers to take advantages of State-of-Art testing Laboratory of D&FCO at Kathua inaugurated by the Prime Minister during his recent visit to the UT of J&K.Dr. Abid further directed the management to thoroughly review the empanelled labs of the Corporation and take strict action against that suppliers whose supplies are declared as “Not of Standard Quality” (NoSQ).The Secretary also stressed on the officers to ensure 100% usage of Drugs and Vaccine Management System portal (DVDMS) and directed them to take all necessary steps in this regard including launch of the beta version of the DVDMS mobile app. He further directed the MD JKMSCL to ensure timely procurement of drugs, diagnostic as well as machinery and equipments to prevent any disruptions in patient care services. He further emphasized in facilitating necessary procurements for operationalization of State Cancer Institute, Jammu on top most priority.Dr. Abid also stressed upon augmentation of infrastructure particularly in terms of Machinery Equipments and Drugs of seven new Medical Colleges.He further impressed upon the management of corporation to maintain due transparency in the procurement process and ensure that tenders are finalized within the fixed timeframe. He also asked them to draw out timelines for tendering process and bottlenecks in this process should be addressed promptly.The Secretary instructed all the officers to ensure due compliances in respect of audits of accounts in the Corporation.During the meeting, MD, JKMSCL gave a detailed power point presentation regarding the functioning of the Corporation.


Amid heavy snowfall SDH Sogam conducts 13 Deliveries, 6 Dialysis in 02 days: Locals appreciate the efforts of hospital administration

KUPWARA, FEBRUARY 21: Amid heavy snowfall in the entire Kupwara district including Lolab Sub-division, Doctors at Sub-District Hospital (SDH) Sogam successfully conducted 13 deliveries which included 8 ‘Lower Segment Caesarian Section’ (LSCS) surgeries and 5 normal deliveries with zero gynae referral.In this tough time, when life had come to stand still, braving all odds, a team of doctors under the supervision of Block Medical Officer (BMO), Dr. Fareed Shaheen Choudhary, conducted these surgeries.Giving details about the surgeries conducted, the officials said, “In the last 24 hours, the dedicated and hardworking medical staff at sub district hospital Sogam had done a marvelous job and conducted 13 deliveries including 8 ‘Lower Segment Cesarean Section’ (LSCS) successfully.The medical staff at SDH Sogam also conducted 6 dialysis and one autopsy during the period. The Outpatient Department (OPD) remained fully functional during this challenging time.The hard work and dedication of Hospital staff and administration has been appreciated by the people of Lolab.


Stage set for Kishtwar Idol 2.0: A Platform to promote Local Talent: Ground Auditions starting from Feb 22 onwards across the district; DC inspects arrangements for inauguration, unveiling of KDA Website and Calender at Picture Time Theatre

KISHTWAR, FEBRUARY 21: To celebrate talent and musical prowess local budding artists, the District Administration Kishtwar is going to start the Ground Auditions for the 2nd Session of Kishtwar Idol from tomorrow.The ground auditions are scheduled to commence on 22nd February 2024 at various locations across the district, providing a platform to local artists to showcase their musical brilliance.The Inaugural Ceremony is set to take place at Picture Time Theatre, TRC Kishtwar, marking the beginning of the first leg of ground auditions.Adding grandeur to the occasion, the Inaugural Ceremony will also witness the unveiling of the official website of Kishtwar Development Authority and the Kishtwar Calendar.These initiatives aim to provide comprehensive information to the tourists interested in exploring the beauty of District Kishtwar, besides highlighting tourism milestones, treks, and unique features through the single point access of services.Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Dr. Devansh Yadav, alongside CEO Kishtwar Development Authority Dr. Rishi Kumar Sharma, inspected the preparations for the event at the venue here today.During the inspection, the Deputy Commissioner ensured the accessibility and richness of content on the website, making it an informative hub for visitors to the district.Reflecting on the success of Kishtwar Idol Session 1, he said the expectations for the second session are also high. He emphasized the need for conduct of efficient and effective ground audition to nurture budding artists.The CEO KDA and the incharge of Cultural Cell and District Information Centre Kishtwar officials assured timely arrangements for the ground auditions.Aspiring singers can get information about the date and venue for ground auditions on the social media handles of District Administration Kishtwar and District Information & Public Relation (DI&PR).In his message, DC Kishtwar invited all talented individuals to attend the nearest audition venue as per their convenience.


DC Rajouri interacts with workers at Moughla Coal Mine

RAJOURI, FEBRUARY 21: Deputy Commissioner Om Prakash Bhagat today undertook a comprehensive visit to the coal mine situated in the Moughla block of Rajouri district. The visit aimed to assess the operational efficiency, workforce engagement, and inspection of overall production dynamics of the coal mine.During the visit, it was highlighted that the Mougla coal mine boasts a commendable daily production capacity of 30 tonnes of coal. This impressive figure stands as a testament to the dedication and hard work of the workforce, comprising a robust team of 225 skilled employees.Deputy Commissioner Om Prakash Bhagat, meticulously observed the mining operations, ensuring adherence to safety protocols and environmental regulations. This visit underscored the commitment of the administration to promoting responsible mining practices while fostering economic growth in the region.One of the noteworthy aspects of the visit was the interactive session conducted by Deputy Commissioner Bhagat with the workers. This engaging dialogue provided an invaluable opportunity for the workers to voice their concerns, share insights, and offer suggestions for further enhancing productivity and workplace safety measures.Expressing his appreciation for the relentless efforts of the workforce, Deputy Commissioner Om Prakash Bhagat emphasized the significance of their contribution to the local economy and underscored the unwavering support of the administration towards ensuring their welfare and well-being.Furthermore, Deputy Commissioner Om Prakash Bhagat reaffirmed the commitment of the administration to fostering a conducive environment for sustainable growth in the mining sector, with a keen focus on promoting equitable development, environmental sustainability, and social responsibility.The visit of Deputy Commissioner to the Mougla coal mine exemplifies the proactive approach of the administration towards facilitating the development and fostering harmonious relations with all stakeholders & workers involved in the mining sector.Among others, District Mineral Officer, Naseeb Bajrang and Tehsildar Kalakote Shiv Kumar accompanied the Deputy during his visit.


GCW Udhampur hosts Webinar to Celebrate International Mother Language Day

UDHAMPUR, FEBRUARY 21: The Department of English,Government College for Women Udhampur today hosted a webinar, to mark observance of the International Mother Language Day. The event aimed to celebrate linguistic diversity and promote the preservation and appreciation of mother tongues nationwide.In line with this year’s theme, “Linguistic diversity and multilingualism count for sustainable development,” the webinar featured Dr. Devika Sharma as resource person from Department of Languages, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi, Katra. She shared insights into the significance of preserving mother languages in the context of sustainable development on the topic, “Mother Language: Dilemma and Delusion”.The participants were treated to engaging discussions on the cultural, social, and educational importance of mother languages, highlighting their role in fostering inclusivity and promoting intercultural understanding. Participants were encouraged to embrace and cherish their linguistic heritage while also advocating for the recognition and protection of minority languages.”We are delighted to have facilitated meaningful conversations on International Mother Language Day,” remarked Prof. Anjali Mahajan, Principal, GCW Udhampur. She further added, “Languages are not just means of communication; they are repositories of history, identity, and knowledge. By celebrating our mother tongues, we honor our roots and contribute to a more vibrant and inclusive global community.”The webinar attracted a diverse audience, including students and faculty members, underscoring the universal relevance of language preservation and promotion. GCW Udhampur remains committed to fostering a culture of linguistic diversity and inclusivity, and endeavors to continue organizing events that celebrate the rich tapestry of languages and cultures around the world.The organizing committee included Dr. Shivani Suri Verma, HOD, Department of English as the Coordinator of the event, Dr. Kamal Deep Kaur, Organising Secretary, Dr. Preeti Sharma, Co-organising Secretary, Dr. Rabia, Dr. Faheem, and Dr. Manmeet, faculty from the Department of English.


DC takes stock of patient care services at CHC Ramgarh ahead of External assessment

SAMBA, FEBRUARY 21: Deputy Commissioner Samba Abhishek Sharma visited CHC Ramgarh in connection with the upcoming External assessment of the hospital to be conducted by State Assessment Committee comprising of National External assessor and Internal assessor.The evaluation by the committee is scheduled for tomorrow (22-2-24) under Kayakalp programme, an important component of Swachh Bharat mission.Abhishek Sharma assessed all components of the checklist of 8 thematic areas under Kayakalp and instructed the EO Municipality, AEE and other concerned departments to meet the gaps if any identified during the assessment.The DC Samba also provided various valuable inputs and innovative ideas to improve the score and achieve Maximum points as per the guidelines of kayakalp programme.DC Samba was accompanied by ADDC Samba Mr Rajinder Singh, CMO Samba Dr Vidhi Bhatial (National assessor, Quality), BMO Ramgarh Dr lakhwinder singh, EO Municipality, AEE PWD and other officials.


DC reviews progress achieved under District Capex 2023-24 in Udhampur

UDHAMPUR, FEBRUARY- 21-: Deputy Commissioner Udhampur Saloni Rai today chaired a meeting with line department officers to assess the physical and financial advancements under the District Capex Budget 2023-2024.The meeting was attended by Chief Planning Officer Mudassir Yaqoob Zargar, PO Poshan, Subash Dogra, Assistant Commissioner Development Dr. Ranjeet Singh Kotwal, Block Development Officers, and other District Officers .The DC took extensive review of progress achieved under District Capex budget including Area Development Plan (ADP), Aspirational Block Development Programme (ABDP), DDC, BDC, Untied, and PRI grants within the district.The DC emphasized the need for expeditious completion of pending development works, directing Block Development Officers to ensure 100% expenditure booking. The Executing agencies received instructions to adhere strictly to timelines, with an emphasis on conducting regular site visits to maintain uncompromised quality standards.


DC Ramban, SSP traffic inspects road clearance work on NH-44: Baseer–Ul-Haq reviews status of essential services, supplies in Sub-division Banihal

RAMBAN, FEBRUARY 21: Deputy Commissioner, Ramban, Baseer–Ul-Haq Chaudhary, along with Senior Superintendent of Police, Traffic, National Highway, Rohit Baskotra, led an inspection and road clearance operation on NH-44 today amid incessant rain and snowfall.Heavy rain and snowfall triggered heavy landslides blocking the 270-km long highway between Nashri to Banihal , the primary all-weather road connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country.The Deputy Commissioner personally monitored the road clearance operations at various locations and directed executing agencies to maintain roads for safe and smooth journey of the commuters. The DC informed that stranded vehicles are being cleared on priority on NH-44.He further said that all priority-I link roads have been cleared for the traffic and restoration work on priority-II link roads is under progress on war footing for seamless connectivity.The Deputy Commissioner said that public safety remains a priority for the administration. He sought people’s cooperation in the ongoing restoration efforts aimed at restoration of essential services like water, and power supply for public convenience.The Deputy Commissioner also informed that all necessary arrangements have been placed across the district with regard to health emergencies and special focus is on leading to expecting mothers for their safety and medical help.Closely monitoring the situation, the Deputy Commissioner instructed senior officers, including SDMs, Executive Engineers, PWD and PMGSY, Tehsildars, and other essential department officials, to ensure regular essential services provision for the public. The administration is diligently working to expedite restoration, ensuring community well-being, he added.Emphasizing the urgency, the DC directed Executive Engineers of PWD and PMGSY to prioritize restoration of link roads for vehicular movement. He asked them to deploy sufficient manpower and machinery to promptly clear landslides and prevent traffic disruptions.Additionally, commuters have been urged to contact traffic control rooms before embarking on journey. In view of advisory regarding snow avalanche and intermittent shooting of stones, the public has been advised to stay indoors.The Deputy Commissioner was accompanied by PD NHAI Parshotam Singh, SDM, Banihal, Rizwan Asgar, Executive Engineer PWD, Tehsildar Banihal, Imtiaz Ahmed, and other officers.


PM Vishwakarma scheme: One Day seminar cum awareness programme held at Udhampur

UDHAMPUR, FEBRUARY 21: The District Industries and Commerce Department Udhampur, under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner Saloni Rai, organized a seminar cum awareness programme on PM Vishwakarma Scheme for stakeholders.The event took place in the Conference Hall, DC Office Complex.IEDS Assistant Director, Rajesh Kumar initiated the session, providing a detailed presentation on the Registration process of the scheme. DK Tyagi, IEDS Assistant Director Officer from MSME DFO, Jammu, clarified various aspects.Representatives from the CSC centre and the Ministry of Skill Development, Government of India, along with the Lead District Manager, shared insights into their departments’ roles in PM Vishwakarma Verification and execution.ACD, Dr. Ranjeet Singh Kotwal, addressed the gathering, motivating participants and District Administration officers to enroll more potential beneficiaries for maximum benefits from the scheme. GM DIC, Kishor Kumar Katoch, shed light on the PM Vishwakarma scheme and extended a vote of thanks to all dignitaries and participants.

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Power shutdown

JAMMU, FEBRUARY 21: Chief Engineer (Distribution) JPDCL Jammu has informed that the power supply to PHE Dansar, Railway Station Katra, Katra back, and adjoining areas will remain affected on February 22 and 23 from 11 am to 3 pm.Similarly, the power supply to Shiv Khouri, Bharakh, Ransoo and adjoining areas will remain affected on February 25 from 9 am to 2 pm.Likewise, the power supply to Upper Barnai, Lower Muthi, Paloura, JK Colony, ChandanVihar, PHE Roop Mahar, MES Rajouri Lines, Patoli, BSF Paloura and adjoining areas will remain affected on February 24 from 9 am to 1 pm.Similarly, the power supply to Keerian Local, Keerian Industry, CTM-1, CTM-2, Kathua-3 GMC and adjoining areas will remain affected on February 24 from 10 am to 3 pm.Meanwhile, Superintending Engineer (Distribution) JPDCL, O&M Circle Kathua has informed that the power supply to Patli, Gawal and adjoining areas SIDCO shall remain affected on February 23 from 10 am to 2 pm.Similarly, the power supply to Sarore Local, Sarore Industry and adjoining areas SIDCO shall remain affected on February 25 from 10 am to 2 pm.