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JAMMU: Former Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday asked state government to seek enhancement from center in upper age limit for Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) aspirants of the state. While, raising this issue in the zero hour, Omar said that Government of India should revoke its decision regarding relaxation in upper age limit for state’s youth. Pertinently, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) which conducts civil service examination every year for IAS/IPS/IFS used to provide age relaxation in upper age limit up to a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu and Kashmir during the period from the 1st January, 1980 to the 31st day of December, 1989.  

 

The age relaxation limit was last renewed in 2015 till 2017. However there is no mention of upper age relaxation limit in the new notification issued by UPSC on 7th feb 2018. UPSC officials say that no file has been received from Department of Personnel and Training (D0PT) regarding age relaxation. "Such decisions demoralize educated youth of the state," he said and asked the government to seek age enhancement for the state’s UPSC aspirants from the central government.

 

Omar also said that it should be made clear to whether the state government was taken into confidence to take the decision of diminution in the upper age limit for state’s UPSC aspirants. "We don’t know whether state government was taken into confidence to take such decision," he said. Omar said that all the investment from state’s UPSC aspirants will go waste, since they have spent lakhs on coaching and study material. 

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  • ‘Bio-metric distribution to be introduced by 2018 end’

JAMMU: Minister for Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA), Choudhary Zulfkar Ali today informed the Legislative Council that the government has decided to extend the validity of existing ration cards, expiring next month, by one year.    Winding up discussion on the working of the department under his control allowed by the Chairman in the Upper House, the Minister further announced that the department has decided to go for bio-metric distribution by the end of 2018 as part of reforms being introduced to bring transparency in the public distribution system.

Responding to the issues raised by members, he said that the consumers are being provided essential commodities as per entitled quota within fixed timeline and due attention is being paid to ensure they are provided quality of food grain. The Minister announced that the validity of ration card which is     expiring would be extended by one year adding that a Government order in this regard would be issued soon.

 

He informed that the department has successfully covered 119.25 Crore populace under National Food Security Scheme (NFSA) who are being provided essential commodities as per norms. He said implementation of NFSA coupled with series of reforms has greatly helped to contain the menace of black-marketing of the ration. “The cheapest edible commodity in the market you can get is the rice from the food supplies store, which bears testimony to the successful implementation of NFSA Act,” he said adding that it has helped to reduce adulteration, pilferage and to bring transparency in the system.

 

“By the end of 2018 the beneficiaries will get ration through Bio-metric and for the purpose machines are being installed in various districts of the state,” he added With regard to distribution of sugar to the consumers, he informed that 74.13 lakh beneficiaries were provided sugar by the state out of its own resources as the subsidy on sugar has been withdrawn by GoI with effect from April 2017. He also said that 70% of the state populace is getting rice at lowest prices. The Minister informed that 80.56% beneficiaries have been provided ration cards and distribution of remaining cards is being expedited, while the left over population is being included in the list.

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JAMMU: Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Hanjura today informed the Legislative Council that Government is considering launching of fresh scheme on analogy of Rehber- e- Sehat pattern in the state. He was replying to a calling attention notice by Ghulam Nabi Monga ‘to call the attention of the government towards a situation that has arisen due to the long pending demand of MMPHW/FMPHW/ANM for their adjustment as Rahber-e-Sehat as assured by the Health Minister.’

 

The Minister informed that the Rehbar-e-Sehat Scheme launched by Government in May 2002, aimed to provide basic healthcare facilities in villages where no health institutions either allopathic or ISM Sector existed. “With this view, Female Multipurpose Workers were engaged during 2002- 2003 in 14 Districts of the State,” he informed, adding that the health department is actively considering launching the scheme afresh on this analogy.