SAC approves 21 posts for High Court

The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the creation of 21 posts of various categories in the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir for the administration, management and the recruitment cell, an official spokesman said.

The posts include three posts of Registrar, three posts of section officers, three posts of senior scale stenographers, three posts of senior assistants, three posts of junior assistants, three posts of drivers and three posts of orderlies with one each for the administration, management and the recruitment cell.

The SAC also accorded sanction to the creation of 33 posts of different categories in the State Judicial Academy, High Court of Jammu and Kashmir.

The posts include one post of Assistant Registrar, one post of Accounts Officer, one post of accountant-cum-head assistant, two posts of junior scale stenographers, two posts of librarians, two posts of library assistants, three posts of senior assistants, two posts of steno-typists, five posts of junior assistants, three posts of computer operators, two posts of electronic gadget operators, one post of jamadar,  four posts of  orderly, two posts of chowkidars and two posts of safaiwalas.

Left out DP families of PoJK to be given one time compensation

The State Administrative Council (SAC) decided to submit a proposal to the Government of India for grant of one time compensation to the left out 5300 families of PoJK Displaced Persons (DPs) of 1947, who were initially registered outside the state but later on settled in Jammu and Kashmir, an official spokesman said.

He said that Prime Minister had announced a Reconstruction Plan for the Jammu and Kashmir on November 7, 2015. The Reconstruction Plan, among other components, included ‘Rehabilitation Package for one time settlement of 36,384 Displaced persons (DPs) families of POJK-1947 and Chhamb DPs. The Rehabilitation Package for Displaced Persons families from PoJK and Chhamb under the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) provided for an amount of Rs 2000 crore at Rs 5.5 lakh per family.

However, the said package did not cover the 5300 DP families of POJK-1947 initially registered outside the state but having later settled in Jammu and Kashmir.  These 5300 families are over and above the 36,384 DPS (26319 DPs of 1947 & 10,065 Displaced Persons of Chhamb 1965 & 1971) projected to Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

Enhances Ration allowance for non-gazetted policemen, approves 2% hike in hardship allowance

The State Administrative Council (SAC) accorded sanction to the enhancement of Ration money allowance in favor of non-gazetted policemen from the existing Rs 2000 to Rs 2500 per month with effect from August 1, 2019.

The decision will benefit around 83,000 Police personnel from follower to Inspector and give them financial relief and help them improve their living conditions.

The increase in the Ration money allowance will bring J&K policemen closer to the amount which Central Forces get, with whom they often live and work together.

The SAC also approved enhancement in hardship allowance of J&K Police personnel from existing 8% to 10% of the basic pay, in respect of all the ranks of JKP with effect from August 1, 2019.

The SAC also approved increase in hardship allowance from existing 10% to 12% of the basic pay in respect of classified category of J&K Police including SOG/BDS with effect from August 1, 2019. The decision will benefit around 84000 JK Police personnel.

Kargil to get 17 new trekking routes

The State Administrative Council (SAC) has decided to take up with the Ministry of Home, Government of India, the opening up of 17 routes/areas in Kargil district without insisting upon inner line permit.

The trekking routes proposed to be opened include, Faroona-Jasgund via Lasar La, Akshow (Zanskar)-Gulab Garh (Kishtwar), Padum-Gulab Garh (Kishtwar) via Omasila. Padum-Dangale (Padder Valley) via Pot La, Kanore-Batambis-Sapi,  Sapi to Rangdum via Rusila and Wakha La, Rangdum-Heniskote via Kanjila Rangdum-Padum via Pangong La,  Padum-Ralakung (x) and Padum-Lamayuru.

The trekking routes and areas proposed to be opened along LoC/border areas include (i) Kargil-Lalung-Shahshi Lake – Darchiks/Garkone Broq (Trekking route), Kargil-Hunderman Brok Ridge(LOC visit),  Batalik Junction to Gargardo (apricot Village), Drass-Sumda-Marpola (Tiger Hill Base) (v) National Highway to Kaksar Village (LOC visit), National Highway to Lato Village (LOC visit), National Highway to Budgam-Majdass Village (LOC Visit).

One of the major attractions of the Jammu and Kashmir state, particularly in the Ladakh region, is the vast scope it offers for trekking. The trekking avenues available range from short, day long trek up and down mountain slopes, to long trans-mountain traverses involving week of trekking and camping in the wilderness. The south-west flanks for the Ladakh region, particularly the Suru and Zanaskar valleys, offer a variety of trekking routes involving the crossing of world’s greatest mountain range through various passes in its crest. These trekking routes were traditionally used by the locals for trade and travel since ancient times. The cross Himalayan trek passes through high pass and amidst scenic splendors, wild fauna and flora. Now that youth across India are inclined more towards adventure activities, these treks along with other cross Himalayan treks can be a well sought after destinations for trekking.

The opening of these trekking routes will provide gainful employment to the local population particularly in Kargil region, and help to showcase the tourism potential of the state.

Approves selection grade of 64 KAS officers

The State Administrative Council (SAC) approved release of Selection Grade (Rs.15,600-39,100 + GP RS.7600- pre revised) in favour of 64 officers of the Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Service.  24 officers have been sanctioned Selection Grade with effect from 01.01.2017, 5 officers w.e.f. 01.01.2018 and 35 officers w.e.f. 01.01.2019.  The officers sanctioned Selection Grade w.e.f 01.01.2017 are Bashir Ahmad Lone, Rishpal Singh, Vikas Gupta, Pankaj Raj Katoch, Tassaduq Hussain Mir, Narinder Khajuria, Tilak Raj Sharma, Ashok Kumar Sharma, Khalid Majeed, Charandeep Singh, Kanta Devi, Vishesh Paul Mahajan, Rajinder Kumar Sharma, Puneet Sharma, Shabir Hussain Bhat, Altaf Ahmad Khan, Haris Ahmad Handoo, Kapil Sharma, Syed Qamar Sajad, Abid Hussain, Pankaj Kumar Sharma and Suraj Parkash Rukwal.

The officers sanctioned Selection Grade w.e.f 01.01.2018 are Pawan Kumar, Muhammad Farooq Dar, Akramulla Tak, Bharat Singh and Abdul Satar.

The officers sanctioned Selection Grade  w.e.f 01.01.2019 are Jyoti Rani Slathia, Sham Lal, Krishan Lal, Babu Ram, Dr. Raj Kumar Thapa, Abdul Aziz Sheikh, Manzoor Hussain, Naresh Kumar, Trishala Kumari, Kunzes Angmo, Pran Singh, Rakesh Kumar, Khurshid Ahmad Shah, Zahida Bano, Zahoor Ahmad Mir, Kuldeep Krishan Sidha, Rajesh Sharma, Ashish Kumar Gupta, Rakesh Magotra,  Anu Behl, Amarjeet Singh,  Ankur Mahajan, Pankaj Gupta, Ulfat Jabeen, Shagun Sharma, Gulzar Ahmad Bhat, Ghulam Hassan Sheikh, Namrita Dogra, Dr. Nasir Ahmad Lone,  Anju Gupta, Sandesh Kumar Sharma, Showkat Ahmad Rather, Ashiq Hussain Lily, Dr. Nargis Suraiya and Naseer Ahmad Wani. In a separate decision, SAC has approved release of grade of the Time Scale of the Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Service in favour of Mushtaq Ahmad Beigh notionally w.e.f. 25.06.2008 to 28.02.2018 and regularly w.e.f. 01.03.2018 to 31.03.2019 i.e. the date of his retirement and in respect of Mir Munawar notionally w.e.f. 01.01.2015 to 28.02.2019 and regularly w.e.f. 01.03.2019 to 31.03.2019 i.e. the date of his retirement. 

 SAC also approved appointment of four officers of the Jammu and Kashmir Rural Development (Gazetted) Service, namely, Nazir Ahmad Lone (notionally w.e.f 25.09.2008), Bashir Ahmad Hajam (notionally w.e.f 01.01.2013), Fayaz Ahmad Bhat (notionally w.e.f. 01.01.2013) and Hakeem Tanveer Ahmad (notionally w.e.f. 01.01.2015) to the Time Scale of the  Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Service i.e. from the date their juniors have been appointed and regularly from a prospective date.