SAC hikes relief for kin of slain cops

2% DA hike for employees, pensioners; New Startup Policy, Single Window Act approved

Srinagar, Publish Date: Sep 13 2018 12:05AM | Updated Date: Sep 13 2018 12:05AM
SAC hikes relief for kin of slain copsGK Photo

The state administrative council which met here under the chairmanship of governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday approved cumulative enhancement of ex-gratia relief for next-of-kin of slain police personnel from Rs 48 lakh to Rs 70 lakh, while the same for NoKs of slain special police officials (SPOs) was raised from Rs 14.50 lakh to Rs 30 lakh. The SAC also approved that education of two children in private schools in the state—upto class 12—of police personnel killed in militancy-related incidents shall be borne by the state education department.

Greater Kashmir had in November last year reported that the union ministry of home affairs and the state government were considering substantial increase in the ex-gratia relief for slain police personnel and SPOs in a bid to “boost the morale of the forces.” The fresh move comes amid increase in militant attacks on police officials and SPOs in areas of Kashmir, especially in its southern districts, over the last few years. 

“The SAC further approved that education of two children in private schools in the state upto class 12 of such personnel of Jammu and Kashmir police as may be killed in militancy-related incidents/violence, shall be borne by the state education department,” the spokesperson said. 

The SAC was attended by advisors to the governor, B B Vyas, K Vijay Kumar and Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, chief secretary BVR Subrahmanyam and principal secretary to governor Umang Narula.



In another decision, the SAC accorded sanction to release of additional installment of two percent dearness allowance (DA) to the state government employees and pensioners with effect from 1st July 2018, over the existing rate of seven percent of the basic pay or pension.

“The arrears from July 2018 to September 2018 will be credited to respective GP fund accounts of the employees and w.e.f October 2018, the salary/pension will be drawn on revised rates of DA. However, pensioners or those employees retiring this year will be paid arrears in cash,” the spokesperson said. 

The impact on the exchequer on account of dearness allowance would be Rs 118 crore for the current financial year and the annual financial implications come to Rs 177 crore approximately, he said. 

The enhancement of DA would benefit around 4.50 lakh government employees and 1.60 lakh pensioners.



The SAC also approved the ‘J&K startup policy 2018” that aims to “inspire” young and entrepreneurial brains of Jammu and Kashmir to pursue innovation and entrepreneurship by creating a vibrant and conducive start-up ecosystem in the state, the spokesperson said. 

“The policy shall give special attention to start-ups with disruptive value additions in food processing and allied activities, agriculture including horticulture and floriculture, textiles, apparel and fashion technology, renewable energy, handicrafts and handlooms and their design element, electronics system design and manufacturing, information technology-enabled services. It will facilitate growth of new start-ups through establishment of at least 10 new state-of-the-art incubators, innovation labs and fabrication labs across the three regions of the state, including in private sector. A strong institutional framework will be put in place for effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation of this policy,” the spokesperson added. 

A monthly allowance upto Rs 12,000 (for a period of one year) during incubation and one-time assistance upto Rs 12 lakh shall be given to a recognised start-up for product research and development or introduction of an innovative product or service in the market. A start-up shall be eligible for energy assistance, international patent filing cost reimbursement, tax benefits/ relaxations in public procurement processes. 

The policy shall be valid for 10 years or till a new start-up policy is framed by the government, the spokesperson said.



In another decision, the SAC approved the ‘J&K Single Window (Industrial Investment and Business Facilitation) Act, 2018.’ “The Act is an initiative, under the flagship program of Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) of the government of J&K, aimed at comprehensive and unprecedented overhaul of the outdated processes and procedures involved in setting up and operation of businesses in the state. The legislation aims at making the doing of business in the state much easier and to create a hassle-free business-friendly environment,” the spokesperson said, adding: “Earlier, pre-establishment approvals/NOCs would take months/years to obtain. The approvals/NOCs can now be obtained in a matter of week(s) through on-line mode in a time-bound manner. Under a single umbrella, services of more than 12 departments have been brought to the doorsteps of the people through on-line mode. All services from pre-establishment, pre-operation to renewals will be available at the single window portal.”

The legislation, according to the spokesperson, also provides for a three-level committee at the state, division and district level, fast clearances within the stipulated timeframe, minimum physical touch points with the official hierarchy, provision of deemed clearances, better compliance and transparency and an inbuilt grievance redressal mechanism.

“The enactment of this Single Window Act would ensure an improved EoDB ranking of the state of J&K during 2018,” the spokesperson said.



The SAC approved the proposal of the Horticulture department for setting up of walnut processing units in private sector through an enabled interest subvention scheme.

“The scheme will facilitate the interest subvention of 100% for a period of five years on a loan of Rs one crore availed for establishing of walnut processing unit of 500 MT capacity in private sector.  10 walnut processing units of 500 metric ton capacity each have been targeted under the scheme,” the spokesperson said. 

In another similar decision, the SAC approved setting up of the walnut nurseries in private sector with an attractive interest subvention and subsidy support. “This scheme shall facilitate 50% subsidy, subject to a ceiling of Rs 7.50 lakh, for establishing a walnut nursery with high-tech poly green house, costing Rs 15 lakh in private sector and 100% interest subvention on balance loan raised for the purpose, for a period of five years.  Seven walnut nurseries are targeted to be covered under the scheme during 2018-19.”



The SAC approved also the proposal of the Horticulture department for promoting Aloe Vera cultivation both in the public and private sectors.

“The proposal aims to promote Aloe Vera cultivation for overall development of Horticulture sector in Jammu division by providing 75% subsidy, subject to a ceiling of Rs 0.75 lakh per hectare, for plantation of Aloe Vera in 50-hectare area in the districts of Kathua, Samba, Jammu, Udhampur and Reasi under private sector. Besides, an Aloe Vera nursery and three Aloe Vera processing units shall be established in the public sector for making planting material available and processing the produce of the growers for higher returns,” the spokesperson said. 



The SAC approved the proposal of THE Horticulture Department for facilitating private players to establish more controlled atmosphere stores in the state by providing additional back-ended subsidy support.

“Private entrepreneurs shall be encouraged to establish more CA stores in the J&K, thus increasing the withholding capacity of orchardists for ‘A” grade apple as result of which supply of apples can be regulated for better returns to the orchardists by providing 33% back ended subsidy (maximum upto Rs 7.26 crore on prorata basis) on establishment of 5000 MT capacity CA storage facility in addition to the back-ended subsidy already available under the centrally-sponsored scheme mission for integrated development of horticulture,” the spokesperson said.

The additional subsidy support shall be provided to 10 CA stores of at least 5000 MTs capacity each which shall be coming up in the state during two years i.e. 2018-19 and 2020-21.

In another major decision, the SAC approved the proposal for providing interest subvention for procurements of refrigerated vans. The proposal aims to encourage private entrepreneurs to purchase refrigerated vans in the state by providing 100% interest subvention for their procurement.

“The introduction of refrigerated transport system shall prove a boon for marketing of fruits, particularly the perishable ones,” the spokesperson said.  



The SAC approved transfer of state land measuring 77 kanal and 17 marla situated at villages of Regipora, Bohipora and Kupwara district to the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology Kashmir (SKUAST-K) for establishing Krishi Vigyan Kendra.

The SAC further directed the agriculture production department to take up the matter with SKUAST-Kashmir/Jammu for establishment of Krishi Vigyan Kendras in other districts of the state, as are without such facilities.



The SAC accorded sanction to creation of 400 posts of veterinary assistant surgeons for appointment through J&K public service commission and 400 posts of paravets for appointment through J&K service selection board in a phased manner in the animal and sheep husbandry department.



The SAC accorded sanction to the creation of 32 posts of various categories for strengthening of the Vigilance Cell in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. The posts include two each of registrar inspection, joint registrar, three posts each of assistant registrar, senior scale stenographer, junior scale stenographer, head assistant, senior assistant and junior assistant, two posts of drivers and eight posts of orderlies.



The SAC accorded sanction to ratification of Shahpur Kandi dam project agreement which was signed between governments of J&K and Punjab on 8 September here. After completion of Shahpur Kandi Barrage based on revised safeguards for construction, J&K would be provided full quantity of 1150 cusecs of water from river Ravi, within its total share of 0.69 MAF, benefiting farmers of Kathua and Samba districts. 

Besides, the state would also get 20 percent electricity from Shahpur Kandi dam and Thein dam projects.

The project has been declared as a national project and would be implemented by the Punjab government without any financial liability to J&K, the spokesperson said. 

As per the agreement, the crest level of the dam would be maintained at 398.40 meters on its both sides and the Central Water and Power Research Station would carry out a detailed study to assess the crest levels of head regulators to ensure that the mandated share of 1150 cusecs of water is available to J&K, which will be binding on both the states.

The project would continue to be implemented by Punjab, however there would be a tripartite team headed by member Central Water Commission and consisting of chief engineers of the two states to monitor the project as and when required, but at least once in three months to ensure that the construction is as per the agreement.

J&K government shall have right of first refusal in respect of its entitled share of 20 percent power from Shahpur Kandi dam at the CERC rates, the right to be exercised annually and in advance before beginning of each year.  


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