The State Cabinet approved rationalisation of the electricity duty by reducing the existing rate of 22% to 10% in respect of all consumers w.e.f the date of notification.
The Cabinet also approved waiver of 100% surcharge on outstanding electricity bills as on 1st August 2015, provided the domestic consumer makes the outstanding payment by or before 31st March 2016, in maximum of four equal installments. The domestic and agriculture (excluding government) categories of consumers who have fully paid their bills shall not be eligible under this scheme.
It also asked PDD to organise special camps in each division for successful implementation of the scheme besides approved outsourcing of the activities of meter reading and bill distribution by the PDD.
The Cabinet also passed instructions for the J&K State Electricity Regulatory Commission to review distribution of tariff structure twice a year and make recommendations to the government for its consideration.
Extends Industrial Policy-2004:
The Cabinet accorded sanction to the extension of existing Industrial Policy-2004, for a further period of two months w.e.f 1st September to 31st October 2015 or till the New Industrial Policy -2015 is notified, whichever, is earlier.
Authorises procurement of Bitumen from open market:
The Cabinet authorised the Stores Procurement Department of PW (R&B) dept to buy/ procure deficit Bitumen of VG-10 grade amounting to 6500MT from open market.
The department has undertaken a massive up-gradation programme of more than 1000 km with a consequent large requirement of Bitumen. Further, the short working season in the State, particularly in Kashmir, renders the entire exercise critically time bound for which availability of the full quantity of Bitumen within the working season is a must.
Gives nod to construction of Ans Irrigation Canal Rajouri:
The Cabinet accorded sanction to the allotment of contract for Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of Ans Irrigation Canal Rajouri to M/s ECI-SRM Projects at a negotiated cost of Rs 43.80 crore.