JAMMU, Mar 20: State Cabinet, which met under the chairpersonship of Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti this morning, decided to constitute a Cabinet Sub-Committee headed by a senior Minister to hold detailed deliberations on the report of Justice M L Koul Commission on 2010 killings in the Kashmir valley.
Sources told EXCELSIOR that broad outline of the report of Justice Koul Commission was shared with the Cabinet Ministers and finally it was unanimously decided that Cabinet Sub-Committee will be constituted for detailed examination of the findings and recommendations of the Commission.
“The formal orders vis-à-vis framing of Cabinet Sub-Committee will be issued by the General Administration Department shortly and a senior Minister would be the head of the committee”, they said.
The one-man Commission had submitted its report to the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on December 30, 2016 and since then it was lying with the Government.
Meanwhile, Cabinet ordered promotion of two IAS and other officers and gave nod to the adoption of Restructured Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS) in respect of horticulture crops.
As per the official spokesman, the Cabinet ordered promotion of IAS officers of 1995 batch namely
Rohit Kansal and Shailendra Kumar to the Higher Administrative Grade (HAG) with immediate effect.
Consequent upon their promotion to the HAG of IAS, Rohit Kansal and Shailendra Kumar have been designated as Principal Secretaries to Government in their respective departments.
The Cabinet also accorded sanction to the promotion of IFS officer Dr T S Ashok Kumar to the post of Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests with effect from 09.02.2018 on proforma basis.
The sanction was also given to the promotion of five Directors including A K Gandotra, Mohammad Ismail Teli, Satvir Kour Sudan, Tariq Ahmad Khan and S Bilal Ahmad as Director Generals in the Planning, Development & Monitoring Department in the Super Time Scale.
The Cabinet also approved re-designation of Sheikh Fayaz Ahmad, Director Youth Services & Sports J&K and Mir Tariq Ali, Director, Sericulture holding Super Time Scale of KAS, as Director Generals in their respective departments, till such time they hold these posts.
According to the spokesman, sanction was also accorded to the creation of three posts in the Super Time Scale of J&K Accounts (Gazetted) Service taking the number of posts in the Special Scale and Super Time Scale of the service to 38 and 7 respectively.
The promotion of three Private Secretaries of J&K Head of Department (Gazetted) Service namely Mohammad Ayub Dar, Brij Krishen Bhat and Sat Paul Sharma as Senior Private Secretaries was also cleared with effect from 5.3.2018.
Meanwhile, Cabinet accorded in principle sanction to the adoption of the Restructured Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS) in respect of Horticulture Crops viz Apple, Saffron, Mango and Litchi in addition to “Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana” (PMFB) as per the operational guidelines of the scheme circulated by the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, Government of India with effect from Kharif 2016 and for implementation in the State by the Agriculture Production Department.
The Cabinet directed the Agriculture Production Department to concretize the scheme in consultation with the Finance and the Planning Development & Monitoring Departments before its final roll out.
WBCIS uses weather parameters as “proxy” for crop yields in compensating the cultivators for deemed crop losses. Pay-out structures are developed to the extent of losses deemed to have been suffered using the weather triggers.
The objective of WBCIS is to provide insurance coverage and financial support to the farmers in the event of failure of any of the notified crop as a result of adverse weather incidences including deficit rainfall, excess rainfall, unseasonal rains, dry-spell, wind etc.
The Cabinet also approved transfer of around 93 hectares of forest land in various parts of the State for undertaking developmental activities in the road, hydro power, transmission, solid waste management, sports and drinking water sectors.
The transfer of forest land has been approved in pursuance to the recommendations of the 103rd and 104th Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) meetings held on 08-01-2018 and 21-012-2018 respectively under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary.