SRINAGAR, Oct 3: State Cabinet, which met under the chairpersonship of Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today, accorded sanction to the establishment of Jammu and Kashmir Trade Promotion Organization (JKTPO), two Engineering Colleges under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), creation of 3375 posts for five new Medical Colleges and implementation of Shetty Commission recommendations.
An official handout said that to promote handicrafts and handloom products within the country and globally, the Cabinet accorded sanction to the incorporation of Jammu and Kashmir Trade Promotion Organization (JKTPO) under Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013, as per the Law Department vetted Article of Association (AoA) and Memorandum of Association (MoA), having initial Share Capital of Rs 5 crore, as a Joint Venture Company between the Government of Jammu and Kashmir with 51% equity share, India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO) with 44% equity share and Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) with 5% equity share.
The Joint Venture Company will promote, organize, manage and participate in handicrafts/ handlooms/industrial trade, other fairs and exhibitions in India and abroad and take all measures for promoting Industry especially in the State of Jammu and Kashmir and enhance its global competitiveness.
The Cabinet also gave nod to the establishment of two Government Colleges of Engineering and Technology under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) by the State Higher Education Department, one each at Safapora in Ganderbal district and Janglot in Kathua district.
Even sanction was given to the creation of 136 posts— 68 for each college. The Union Ministry of HRD has approved two Government Colleges of Engineering and Technology under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme RUSA for addressing critical gaps and spatial distribution higher educational institution across the State. The Union Ministry has sanctioned Rs 52 crore for establishment of infrastructure for both institutions, out of which 90 % will be Central share and 10% State share.
The two institutions are expected to meet the growing demand of technical / skilled manpower in the key sectors in the State i.e. Industry and Power.
Even sanction was accorded to the creation of 3375 posts of various categories for five Medical Colleges including creation of 2025 posts for Medical College at Rajouri, Baramulla and Anantnag and creation of 1350 posts to be operative in the financial year 2018-19 for Medical College, Kathua and Doda once they are established/sanctioned by the competent authority.
These posts will also be strictly as per the MCI guidelines of 675 posts per Medical College each as proposed by the department.
It is pertinent to mention here that Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has released Rs 19203 crore (Central Share) for execution of these 05 new Medical Colleges. Besides, an amount of Rs 5.70 crore (State Share) has also been released under Capex Budget during 2016-17 and 2017-18 for the purpose.
PW(R&B) Department and JKPCC have been engaged as executing agencies or for these Medical Colleges. The construction work of Medical College at Anantnag, Baramulla and Rajouri is under progress. However, in respect of Medical College at Doda and Kathua, PW (R&B) Department is in the process of floating tenders for starting of construction work.
In the 1st phase, out of 5 new Medical Colleges, 3 are likely to be completed during 2018-19, subject to the availability of funds from Government of India. The Health and Medical Education Department is planning to start first batch of 100 MBBS seats per Medical College by 2019. Besides, the remaining 2 Medical Colleges will be made functional during the corresponding year.
With the establishment/functioning of these new Medical Colleges in the State, the health care facilities will drastically come at par with the norms and guideline Medical Council of India (MCI) as well as intake capacity for Medical (MBBS)/Paramedical courses will also increase.
The Cabinet also put seal of approval on the proposal regarding implementation of recommendation of the Shetty Commission for the Ministerial Staff of the Subordinate Courts and accordingly to the creation of 18 posts of Chief Administrative Officers (in District Courts), 22 posts of Senior Scale Stenographer (Executive Assistants Principal Judge), 7 posts of Protocol Officers, 7 posts of Assistant Protocol Officers and 8 posts of Steno-Typists (as pool in districts where number of Courts are none).
Approval was also accorded to the abolition of affidavits in respect of 51 services, which are not required to be submitted, while seeking/accessing these services from the concerned Government departments/organizations.
The affidavits are sought from the public for various services of the Government like employment, admission in educational institutions or for availing the services/benefits under various State/Central Schemes, etc. and this avoidable practice consumes time and energy.
The process of getting an affidavit prepared is known to have aggravated people’s miseries and more than being a solution, it is a problem in itself. An urgent need was therefore, being felt, to do away with affidavits unless there is a statutory requirement.
The Cabinet accorded sanction to the implementation of Energy Efficient LED Street Lights project in Srinagar Municipal Corporation and Jammu Municipal Corporation through M/s Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint Venture Company setup by the Union Ministry of Power.
Accordingly, approval was granted to the signing of tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Housing & Urban Development Department (H&UDD), Power Development Department (PDD) and M/s Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) for implementation of LED Street Light project in Srinagar Municipal Corporation and Jammu Municipal Corporation.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet accorded sanction to the creation of 167 posts in various categories in the Police Department by corresponding reduction of 156 posts in Ministerial and Steno cadres; creation of 32 posts in various categories for establishment of Fire and Emergency Station, Kakrayal and 14 posts for Fire & Emergency Station, Katra.
Cabinet also accorded sanction to the creation of 10 posts of faculty members for GMC Srinagar and GMC Jammu. The posts include two posts each of Professor Cardiology, Associate Professor Cardiology, Associate Professor Dermatology, Assistant Professor Cardiology, and one post each of Professor Ophthalmology and Professor Pathology.
The creation of two posts of Financial Advisor/CAO by corresponding reduction of two posts of Accounts Officers one each at Cluster University Srinagar and Cluster University Jammu, subject to the condition that the posts are drawn on deputation from Finance Department also received the approval of Cabinet.
The sanction was also accorded to the creation of two posts of Assistant Conservator of Forests and three posts of Range Officer in Forest (Territorial).
The sanction was also accorded to the resumption of Shamilat (Kahcharai) land) land measuring 50 Kanals, situated in village Gogo, Tehsil and District Budgam from the Health & Medical Education Department and its further transfer to the Department of Disaster Management, Relief Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, for establishment of an Emergency Operation Centre (EOC).
The proposal regarding conversion of Government loans and financial assistance released from time to time by the Government to the Jammu & Kashmir Horticulture Produce Marketing Corporation (JKHPMC), amounting to Rs.77.39 Crore as on 31.03.2017, into fully paid-up Share Capital of the Corporation and conversion of interest part as well to the extent of Rs. 28.75 Crore, into equity Share Capital of the Corporation also received nod of the Cabinet.
Meanwhile, sanction was accorded to the promotion of Reva Gupta, KAS, to the Super Time Scale notionally with effect from 15.09.2016 and regularly from 04.08.2017.
Cabinet also accorded sanction to the regularization of Incharge Chief Engineers (retired/inservice) viz Narayan Mengi with effect from 03.10.2012 to 28.02.2013, Romesh Chander Gupta with effect from 03.10.2.2012 to 31.03.2013 and Hem Chander Jerath with effect from 03.10.2012 as Chief Engineers.
Regularization of retired officers viz V K Malhotra with effect from 03.10.2006 as Executive Director (Electric), R K Seli with effect from 01.05.2008 as Development Commissioner (Power) and Abdul Rashid Tak with effect from 01.08.2008 as Executive Director (Electric) also received approval of Cabinet.
The sanction was also accorded to the absorption of five employees of the erstwhile CONFED viz Farooq Ahmad Bhat, Ali Mohammad Dar, Abdul Gani Lone, Fancy Hafiz and Kharati Lal against Class-IV posts available in the Cooperative Department.