Shah to handover appointment letters to JKAS officers, SRO-43 beneficiaries virtually tomorrow

Will launch 75 e-buses for various routes
*LG, senior officers to join function at Jammu

Sanjeev Pargal

JAMMU, Jan 23: Union Home Minister Amit Shah will virtually handover appointment letters to newly recruited youth including Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Services (JKAS) officers, compassionate appointees under erstwhile SRO-43 and launch e-buses besides some other projects from New Delhi on January 25.
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and senior officers of the administration will join the function at Jammu Convention Centre.
The function scheduled for 12 noon will also be addressed by the Home Minister, official sources told the Excelsior.
Shah was scheduled to visit Jammu on January 9 for inauguration and laying foundation stone of projects running into thousands of crores, launch e-buses and review security and development scenario of Jammu and Kashmir but had to defer his visit due to bad weather conditions.
Sources said Shah will launch 75 e-buses for Jammu virtually from New Delhi in the function on January 25. He will also handover appointment letters to newly recruited JKAS officers and compassionate appointees of SRO-43.
After virtual function by Shah, the job letters will be physically distributed among the youth.
The youth will be present at the Jammu Convention Centre and will be addressed by the Home Minister. Besides the Lieutenant Governor, senior officers of the civil administration will also join the function at the JCC.
It will be a long wait over for the compassionate appointees under SRO-43. The General Administration Department (GAD) has already issued nearly 1000 orders under SRO-43. Nearly 2000 cases were pending under the SRO and the Government has directed to clear all deserving cases as from January 1, 2023 new Compassionate Appointments Rules have come into force.
“It will be a dream coming true for the JKAS officers who will also get job letters from Amit Shah virtually,” the sources said.
The Home Minister will also virtually inaugurate 75 small e-buses of 9 meter length after which these vehicles will offer intercity services by running within Jammu city and its peripheries to serve the local public.
The e-bus service is being started in Jammu under the Smart City Project and these buses are brought on Gross Cost Contract (GCC) with TATA, which will run these buses for Jammu Smart City Limited (JSCL) for a period of 12 years and will get paid only the cost per km of distance these vehicles travel.
Initially only two-three routes shall be taken by these e-vehicles among which are Bari Brahamana to Bantalab and Janipur to Chatha. Twenty five big e-buses with 12 meter length will run intra-city to Katra, Kathua and Udhampur towns and shipment of these vehicles will reach Jammu shortly.
During his January 9 visit, Shah was also scheduled to review security situation in Jammu and Kashmir particularly in the twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch and development works in the UT besides inaugurating and laying foundation stone of multi-crore projects.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now expected to visit Jammu and Kashmir after the Parliament session concludes on February 9 for inauguration of several projects including highest railway bridge of the world in Reasi district, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Vijaypur Samba, Devika Rejuvenation Project at Udhampur, IIM Jammu and various other works. He is also scheduled to lay foundation stone of several new projects in the Union Territory during his one-day visit.
Sources said date of the visit will be finalized shortly.
Parliament’s Vote-on-Account (VoA) session is scheduled to be held from January 31 to February 9. President Droupadi Murmu will address the joint session of Parliament on January 31 while Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the VoA on February 1. The VoA for Jammu and Kashmir will also be presented in the same Parliament session.