SAC approves fare revision for passenger vehicles

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Aug 2: In order to provide immediate relief to the transporters and vehicle owners who are plying commercial passenger vehicles and are providing transportation facilities to the general public, the State Administrative Council (SAC), which met here last evening under the chairmanship of Governor, N N Vohra, approved revision in the passenger fare of all commercial passenger vehicles keeping in view sharp rise in the fuel prices and other operational and maintenance cost.
In this regard, Motor Vehicles Department carried out the cost analysis based on all relevant inputs including fuel prices in the month of April 2018 and a proposal was submitted to the Transport Department. The Department convened a meeting of the Fare Revision Committee constituted for recommending increase in fare and freight structure, in which representatives of the various Transport Associations and Unions from across J&K also participated.
Meanwhile, following the decision of the SAC, the J&K Government today formally embargoed creation of posts under Centrally Sponsored Schemes.
“No post shall be created under any Centrally Sponsored Schemes, whether fully or partly funded, without prior concurrence of the Finance Department and the approval of the Competent Authority,” said an order issued by the Principal Secretary Finance, Navin K Choudhary here this evening.
It said the Rule-34 of the J&K Government Business Rules clearly specifies that all the proposals of the Government having financial implications should be got cleared and concurred by the Finance Department prior to their approval by the competent authority.
According to the order, if there is any commitment of the Central Government to fund the engagement of staff required on temporary basis for any Centrally Sponsored Scheme, the same should be engaged only after the prior concurrence by the Finance Department.
“The departments should in categorical terms define time period for engagement of such staff under Centrally Sponsored Schemes,” it said adding that the order of engagement must clearly specify that the staff engaged under the scheme shall be coterminous with the scheme and there shall be absolutely no commitment of the State Government for continuance or regularization of staff after the closure of the scheme.
The SAC also approved the transfer of State land measuring 61 Kanals 15 Marlas situated at Village Bara, Tehsil Vijaypur, District Samba, to the Transport Department for establishing Inspection and Certification Centre.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), Govt of India has decided to set up a model Inspection and Certification Centre on pilot basis across the country for conducting fitness tests of motor vehicles. One such centre has been decided to be established at Village Bara, Samba. The project shall be executed by the International Centre for Automotive Technology.
The MoRTH, GoI will provide Rs 14.40 crore to the State for the initiative. The establishment of this centre will enable automated fitness testing, improve the quality of vehicles on road and reduce road accidents.
Meanwhile, in order to address the increasing power demand and to provide quality power to the residents of downtown Srinagar, the SAC approved transfer of a piece of land measuring 78 x 33.5 sqm at Jammu & Kashmir Industries (JKI) Residential Sarai, Nowshehra, Srinagar to the Power Development Department (PDD) for construction of a 100 MVA Grid Station.
The development of this Grid Station would fulfil a long pending demand of downtown residents of Srinagar.