Govt employees get 7% DA hike

Cabinet Okays Enhancement In Rattle’s Power Generation, Transfers In Administration

MUDDASIR ALI

Srinagar, Oct 25: Ahead of Durbar move to winter capital Jammu, the State Cabinet Thursday approved release of seven percent Dearness Allowance to its employees which was due from July this year.
The Cabinet, which met here under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, approved release of the DA in cash in favor of government employees, pensioners and family pensioners with effect from July 2012. The release of the fresh installment of DA has raised the total DA from 65 percent to 72 percent.
“The decision will have a financial implication of around Rs 335 crore from July 2012 to March 2013 and an annual implication of Rs 500 crore,” sources said.
The enhancement in Dearness Allowance would also apply to work charged/whole time contingent paid employees working in regular time scale. In another decision, the Cabinet approved enhancement in power generation capacity of Rattle Hydroelectric Project from 690 MW to 850 MW.
Sources said the generation capacity of the project was earlier estimated to be 690 MW based on the Detailed Project Report prepared by the NHPC. However when the project was awarded to M/S GVK Development Projects Limited through international competitive bidding the company reviewed the DPR and subsequently the capacity of the project was worked out at 850 MW.
Coming up in Kishtwar district on River Chenab, the Rattle project is slated to be commissioned by 2017. The project has been allotted to GVK on build, own, operate and transfer (BOOT) basis for a period of 35 years.
The increase in generation capacity has also been approved by Central Water Commission and Central Electricity Authority, sources said.
The Cabinet accorded administrative approval to the Water Supply Scheme Kishtwar Town for an amount of Rs 53.15 crore under Special Task Force. The Cabinet Okayed some transfers at higher level in administration.
Commissioner Secretary, Transport Department, Pawan Kotwal was transferred as Commissioner Secretary, PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Department. He shall take over the charge upon the superannuation of BD Sharma on 31st October.
The charge of Transport Department was given to Muhammad Abbas Dar, Secretary, CAPD in addition to his own duties.
The Cabinet also released Time Scale of Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS) in favor of Muhammad Maqbool Tantray (Excise and Taxation), Munir Hussian (Industries and Commerce), Tsering Wangchuk (Information) and Khursheed Ahmed Gangoo (Administrative Officer).
It regularized the promotions of Anita Koul, Muhammad Syed Shah, Irshad Ahmed Mir, Muhammad Ashraf Mir and Raj Kumar Koul as Special Secretaries in Law Department.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 25 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 25 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 26 Oct 2012 00:00:00 IST




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