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  • ‘4 injured, operation on’

JAMMU: The Government today informed the House that two Army personnel were killed in the ongoing Fidayeen attack on Sunjwan Military Station till the last reports came in. Making a statement in the House regarding the incident, Minister for Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs, A R Veeri said that at about 0410 hours a group of Fidayeen attacked Sunjwan Military Station (36 Brigade) resulting in death of Subedar Madan Lal Chowdhary and Subedar Mohammad Ashraf Mir besides four others, including a civilian, got injured who have been shifted to GMC Jammu for treatment.

 

The Minister informed the House that the whole area has been cordoned off by Army and the security forces and operation is underway as militants have taken refuge in JCO quarters in the area. He said during the operation, Col Rohit Solanki, Havaldar Abdul Hamid and Lance Naik Bahadur Singh and Neha D/O of Subedar Madan Lal Chowdhary got injured who were initially shifted to Military Hospital Satwari and afterwards to Government Medical College, Jammu for treatment.

 

The Minister said the exact number of Fidayeen is still not known but as per the initial call received at Police Control Room (PCR) Jammu at around 0455 hours this morning, four to five militants are involved in the attack. He said PCR Jammu immediately alerted all the concerned police establishments as well as Civil Administration regarding the incident. The Minister said GMC Jammu has also been informed to be in readiness to deal with any exigency and ensure best medical care to the injured.

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JAMMU: The house on Saturday passed a bill to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Transfer of Property Act, Samvat 1977. The bill was introduced by Minister for Revenue, Haj and Auqaf, Parliamentary Affairs Abdul Rehman Veeri and after thorough discussion; the bill was passed through voice vote. While explaining the statement of objects and reasons to amend the Bill, the Minister said that the transfer of immovable property in the State is governed by the Jammu and Kashmir Transfer of Property Act, (Samvat) 1977.

 

He said Section 139 of the said Act prohibits transfer of immovable property in favour of non-permanent residents of the state. He, however said, Section 140 of the Act carves out an exception where under transfer and lease of immovable property is permitted in favour of various Corporations, Companies, Boards, Societies and Institutions who are not natural persons but only legal entities. The transfer of immovable property in favour of such institutions is possible only if such Corporations/Boards etc are included in Section 140 of the Transfer of Property Act.

The Minister said that the Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development Agency (JAKEDA) working under the administrative control of Science and Technology Department is mandated with promotion, development and implementation of Small Hydro Projects and Renewable Energy Projects in the State. The Minister said that with a view to permit transfer and lease of land in favour of JAKEDA, Section 140 of the Jammu and Kashmir Transfer of Property Act, (Samvat) 1977 needs to be amended to include the said agency in the exemption category.  The house passed the bill through voice vote. 

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  • 2154 teacher, 1296 non-teaching posts referred to SSB

JAMMU: Minister of State for Education Priya Sethi today informed the Legislative Assembly that the government is in process of filling lecturer vacancies, even as the selection list of 933 lecturers has been recently released. She was responding to a Calling Attention Notices by Javed Ahmad Rana regarding the vacancies of lecturers in Poonch District. She said under promotion quota, 208 PG Masters and Teachers were placed as In-charge Lecturers in different streams and that the Directorates of School Education Department have been advised to post these newly-recruited Lecturers in various districts of the State against the vacant posts, including those in Poonch District.

 

The Minister informed the house that there are 84 vacancies against total strength of 309 lecturer posts in Poonch district. She said the majority of vacancies would be filled in the days to come as more selection lists are expected to be released from the JKPSC and with the promotion of eligible PG Masters/Teachers. She said the department has referred 2154 teacher vacancies    and 1296 posts of non-teaching staff- under direct quota to the SSB for filling on a fast track basis. She said the Department has identified more vacancies which shall also be referred to SSB shortly.