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SRINAGAR: IDEAS INDIA 2015, an initiative of Ananta Centre, focuses on leadership development and enables open dialogue on important challenges facing society by involving Governments, Industry, NGOs and other stakeholders, to hasten the process of India’s growth and development. The 3 dayIDEAS INDIA 2015 conclave, being held at a local hotel, has about 60 participants drawn from the arena of politics, governance, diplomacy, education, business, media, NGOs and various other sectors. The participants include two Members of Parliament, a young Minister from the Government of Nagaland and about half a dozen representatives from Kashmir.

Addressing the Inaugural Plenary, Governor N.N. Vohra observed that despite varied difficulties faced by the people and the Government of J&K for the past many years, the State has been making steady progress on various fronts. He highlighted the obtaining levels of achievements in the various economic sectors particularly industry, agriculture, horticulture, fisheries, handlooms, handicrafts, tourism, power generation, road connectivities etc. 

He also spoke about the levels of achievement in the human and social development arena and sounded an alarm about the declining sex ratio. The Governor noted that successive Governments at the Centre had continued to provide strong support and accord priority for meeting the needs of the people and achieving progress and development of the State, particularly in the arena of infrastructure development, employment generation and poverty alleviation.

Highlighting the hurdles in the path of speedy development, the Governor referred to the perpetual disturbances created by an adversary Western neighbour. He also referred to difficulties arising from the location and geography of the State, unsatisfactory road and connectivity network, and the harsh geo-climatic conditions in large parts of the State.

The Governor stressed the need for vigorous efforts being made for achieving peace, which would pave the way for speedy growth and development. The Governor made a special appeal to the participants to consider launching initiatives in J&K, in the areas of their respective expertise, to foster Government—private and non-Government—private partnerships which would go a long way in speeding up growth and development of the State. In this context, in answer to a question, the Governor observed that institutional relationships of outsiders with various segments of business and society in the State would go a long way in enlarging the spectrum of stakeholders and also strengthening the bonds of people of J&K with the rest of the country.

Among the many distinguished participants in this conclave were Mr Tarun Das, former Chief Mentor CII and Founding Trustee, Ananta Aspen Centre; former Foreign Secretary Amb Shyam Saran; Parliamentarians Dr Shashi Tharoor and Mr Baijayant Jay Panda; Sh T.N. Ninan, Chairman, Business Standards Ltd; Ms Kiran Pasricha, Chief Executive Officer, Ananta Aspen Centre; Sh Vijay Dhar, Founder, D.P. Dhar Trust; Mr Mhon Kikon, Minister, Government of Nagaland and many others.

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  • Fixes March 2016 deadline for completion of r-APDRP project

JAMMU: Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Nirmal Singh today set March 2016 as deadline for the completion of works under Part–B Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (R-APDRP) project in Jammu region.The project envisages modernization of power infrastructure, including improvement of Transmission and distribution system.

The Deputy Chief Minister was reviewing the progress of Mega projects being executed in Jammu region under various sectors. While reviewing the status of different   components of R-APDRP Part B project, Dr. Nirmal Singh directed the Executing agency IRCON to expedite the implementation and complete all works by March 2016. He said the implementation of the project would go a long way in improving power scenario and in containing T&D losses in the state.

He said after the completion of the works under the project, people would also get respite from low voltage.  The Deputy Chief Minister also sought details about the installation of new transformers in various localities of Jammu city under the project.  Referring to the amnesty scheme introduced by the government for payment of pending power bills, Dr Nirmal Singh asked the Power Development Department to motivate the people to avail the scheme.

 He said under the amnesty scheme the defaulter has to pay the pending power tariff in four installments without interest. The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary Power, Sundeep Nayak, Chief Engineer P&D Wing, S&O, M&RE Wing Jammu, Executive engineers, General Manager IRCON, and other executing agencies.

Chairing another meeting convened to review progress on various projects being executed by ERA,   Deputy Chief Minister was told that agency is presently executing 12 projects costing Rs 450 crore, which include 4   Sewerage projects, 5 Water supply schemes, 2 drainage projects and Vikram Chowk flyover project.  

It was further informed that these projects are likely to be completed by December 2016.  

The Assistant General Manager, NBCC informed the Deputy Chief Minister about the progress on Sewerage Network in Old City areas being executed at an estimated cost of Rs 100 crore. It was told that the work on main trunk and lateral lines has been completed and testing of the same is in progress. Chief Engineer UEED, Chief Engineer R&B, SE UEED, SE R&B, Director ERA, AGM NBCC, Project Manager ERA, other senior officers of concerned departments attended the meeting.

Later the Deputy Chief Minister also reviewed the status of proposed works being executed by Municipal Committee, Katra for the year 2015-16. For these works the Deputy Chief Minister has provided special grants. He also reviewed other development projects of Katra town, like face-lifting of the holy town, up-gradation of Devi Park. The meeting also discussed the proposal for up-gradation of the Katra Bus stand, including the construction of multi-tier parking.  Dr. Nirmal Singh stressed upon the officers to work with utmost zeal and dedication to complete all these projects in time.

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SRINAGAR: The Government today ordered the transfer of Mr. Ajay Gupta, I/C Chief Engineer (Electric), EM&RE Wing Jammu to Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation against available vacancy, on deputation basis. Mr. Ashwani Kumar Gupta, I/C Superintending Engineer (Electric) EM/RE Circle-I Jammu shall hold the additional charge of the post of Chief Engineer EM&RE wing Jammu purely on temporary basis without any charge allowance.