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SRINAGAR: The State Committee headed by Principal Secretary, Finance, Navin K Choudhary, today cleared the proposal for enhancement of income slab ceiling for creamy layer among the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes under J&K Reservation Act/Rules.

The Committee, which met at the office chambers of the Finance Secretary, cleared the proposal to enhance the threshold for creamy layer from Rs 4.5 lakh to Rs 8 lakh as per the norm of the Government of India. Commissioner Secretary General Administration Department, Hilal Parray, Secretary Social Welfare, Farooq Lone, Law Secretary, Abdul Majid Bhat, among other officers of allied departments attended the meeting.

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  • Stopping fresh recruitment and promotions of ReTs in a way that it doesn’t impact the career prospects of General Line teachers. 
  • 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. 

SRINAGAR: 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.

Among others, Commissioner Secretary, Higher Education, Sarita Chouhan, Director Budget, Imtiyaz Ahmad Wani, State Project Director, Samagra Shiksha, Tufail Mattoo and Director, School Education, G N Itoo, also attended the meeting.

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SRINAGAR: 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 Centre Srinagar, director rural development Kashmir and other senior officers.

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