CS reviews winter preparedness of deptts

DCs asked to promptly identify land for JNVs, KVs

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Nov 11: Following explicit directions of the Governor, Satya Pal Malik to the administration to provide all basic services and supplies to the people in Kashmir division during the winter months when the durbar is at Jammu, Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam today held an extensive review with the divisional and district administration of Kashmir division and impressed upon the concerned departments/agencies to work 24×7 to ensure that people are provided all basic necessities in particular power, water, essential commodities and petroleum products during the winter months without any interruption.
Chief Secretary directed the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir and Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir division to remain alive to the weather prediction for the next week and ensure that the action plan for restoration of basic services is in place in advance with role clarity for convenience of the people.
Chief Secretary expressed deep anguish over the inconvenience to the people on account of extensive damage to 4 transmission towers due to which power supply in certain areas was badly affected. He asked Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to have the matter relating to damage to these towers examined critically; lapses if any identified and report furnished to the Government, as already decided.
Recognizing the importance of power for the people in general and various key sectors in particular student community during winter months and ensuring against damage to the power infrastructure in the event of snowfall, Chief Secretary directed the PDD to check that transmission towers, power lines and poles are in good condition and trees closer to power lines are pruned as per the requirement.. The PDD was further asked to keep in readiness a well conceived ‘zone wise restoration plan’ in the event of snowfall or break down of power supply.
To ensure that major, secondary and residential roads are kept open for traffic in the event of snowfall, men and machinery is deployed rapidly to clear the roads, PW(R&B) and the district administration was asked to keep ‘zone wise snow clearance plans’ ready.
Chief Secretary asked the Health Department to ensure that hospitals have adequate heating arrangements, availability of medicine/facilities; and alternate power source (gensets) and funds required by a hospital on this count should be immediately projected to the Government to obviate any difficulty.
He specifically took stock of functioning of major hospitals including SKIMS Soura, SMHS and G B Panth hospitals and directed the hospital administration and the health department to ensure that healthcare services are provided 24×7 to the best satisfaction of the patients.
Chief Secretary asked the School Education Department to ensure that heating facilities are provided in the examination centres being conducted by the J&K Board of School Education.
Chief Secretary asked Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir to have joint control rooms functional throughout the winter months with general public kept informed through weather advisories/alerts and about the potential avalanche prone areas for their safety. He also instructed the divisional administration to share with the district administration, the names and contact details of the nodal officers designated for coordinating air rescues.
Regarding disbursement of relief among the affected farmers of the November 3rd & 4th snow fall, Chief Secretary directed the district administration to start the process of providing interim relief by November 12th, till final assessment is completed.
Meanwhile, Chief Secretary chaired a video conference with Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir division to review the progress of land identification and allotment for setting up of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) and Kendriya Vidyalays (KVs) across Kashmir Division.
Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir and other senior officers were also present in the meeting.
With the opening up of new KVs and JNVs more students of Kashmir division particularly belonging to rural areas will be able to access affordable quality education.
Chief Secretary asked concerned Deputy Commissioners to expedite the identification and processing of the revenue papers of State land, in cases where land is yet to be indentified and the KV is functioning from a temporary accommodation. He asked DCs to also identify land for opening of new KVs, proposals of which have been referred to Government of India.
The concerned DCs were asked to resolve the issues related to land identification and allotment, if any, in respect of JNVs in their districts.

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