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SRINAGAR: Secretary PHE, I&FC, and DMRRR Farooq Ahmad Shah today toured Jhelum and Flood Spill Channels embankments at various places in Srinagar and took stock of pace of ongoing beautification works. During his visit, he directed officials of the Irrigation and Flood Control department to ban any kind of construction of roads on the sides of the bank, as they can weaken the embankments and cause other problems.

 

He also directed that no any electric pole shall be installed on the banks of rivers and there should be a complete ban on laying of water piper on these banks. He said that these steps should be strictly implemented as there is an apprehension that water leakage from any of these pipes can weaken the bunds which in turn can prove dangerous during the times of high water level. He said that the department is committed to strengthen the entire embankments and no compromise will be tolerated in this regard.

He said if any official or officer is found guilty of not following the orders, a strict action as per law will be initiated against him. Officers of I & FC department accompanied the Secretary and informed him about various works alongside the bund. The Secretary was informed that once the entire project is completed, the entire bund will regain its pristine glory and it can become an added attraction for locals and tourists alike, besides greatly reducing future flood risks.

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SRINAGAR: Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar today chaired a high-level meeting to discuss the steps to be taken to regulate the brick kilns operating in the Kashmir division without obtaining environment clearance and other permissions from the concerned authorities. The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary Industries & Commerce Shailendra Kumar, Divisional Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan, Commissioner Secretary Forests M K Dwivedi, Commissioner Secretary FCS&CA Dr Abdul Rashid, Deputy Commissioner Budgam Dr Syed Sehrish Asgar, SSP Budgam Tejinder Singh, Chairman JKSPCB Ravi Kesar, Member Secretary JKSPCB Brij Sharma, Director Geology & Mining Farooq Ahmad Khan and other concerned officers.

 

During the meeting, detailed discussions were held on the illegal operations of the brick kilns especially in the district Budgam and the measures need to be adopted for the strict compliance of environment laws by the brick kilns operators. The Advisor directed all the agencies involved in the process of issuing licenses and other necessary permissions for the operations of brick kilns that strict compliance to the environment law should be ensured besides every possible step should be taken to control the pollution from these kilns.

 

The Advisor also asked for conducting meeting of District Environment Impact Assessment Authority (DEIAA) and District Expert Appraisal Committee (DEAC) on regular basis so that the eligible cases are approved and necessary action can be taken against the defaulters. With regard to the preparation of mining plans by the brick kiln owners which is prerequisite for renewal of licenses, it was directed informed that adequate time will be given for the purpose to the owners, failing of which, action as per the environment and other laws would be taken against them.

 

Shift to a cleaner and more efficient technology being used in other parts of the country was also discussed for controlling the level of air pollution. It was decided that the brick kilns owners must be encouraged to go for the “induced draft zigzag” design which leads to more efficient fuel combustion and lower emissions. It was informed that in Jammu division, the technology is being used by some brick kiln owners and same is to be replicated here in Kashmir. Pollution is one of the biggest hazards affecting the environment, human lives and is a serious concern for everyone. There is a need to take all possible, collective measures to prevent our environment getting polluted on a large scale, the Advisor said.

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  • Asks Corporation to expand business outreach

 

SRINAGAR: Principal Secretary Finance, Navin K Choudhary today urged the State Financial Corporation (SFC) to focus on expanding its business outreach program for emerging as a strong financial player in Jammu and Kashmir. Navin made these remarks while chairing the 239th meeting of the Board of Directors (BoD) of SFC at his office chambers here. The meeting was also attended by SFC BoD members, Director Budget, Imtiyaz Wani and other officers of the Finance department.

 

“As chairman of the BoD, I am authorising you to take all the decisions which are in the interest of the corporation without coming to the Board for approval. The government is committed to help the SFC in emerging as a strong financial player,” he told the SFC management. The Finance Secretary asked the SFC to compile a report on separate zones of financing, recovery and accounting procedure in order to fix responsibility of officers in future decisions that may impact the growth of the Corporation.

 

“For business promotion, the state government will go out of way to help the Corporation but you need to rework your business strategy keeping in view the changing market trends,” he said, while asking the Finance department officers to release Rs 1 crore for computerization of the Corporation and Rs 25 lakh for clearing VRS liability. During the meeting, the minutes of the 238 meeting of the Board were confirmed as also the nomination of K Singh as Director on the Board under Section 10 (d) of the SFC Act.

 

The Board reviewed the performance of the Corporation from April 2018 to September 2018, the status of computerization and the loans sanctioned by the district heads of the Corporation. The Board also discussed some cases related to settlements of loan accounts. The Finance Secretary directed the SFC officers to take a final view on cases where the end result of the process of settlement of loan accounts resonates with the broader financial outlook of the Corporation.