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Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha presided over the meeting of the Administrative Council at Raj Bhavan.

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The Administrative Council (AC) chaired by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha here approved the adoption of Schedule of Rates (SOR) – 2022 for Engineering Departments in Jammu and Kashmir.

Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, J&K and Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor participated in the meeting.

The Administrative Council has approved the introduction of Schedule of Rates (SOR-2022) for civil works in all engineering branches of Public Works Department, Government Departments, Public Sector Enterprises and Government Organizations engaged in civil works in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Gave.

Jammu and Kashmir Schedule of Rates (SOR) is an important document for all engineering departments which provides basic inputs for cost estimation, tender evaluation and contract determination. It contains the schedule of various tasks and provides the respective unit rate of payment for the performance of that service.

In addition, the Schedule of Rates-2022 includes valuation of machinery and equipment, equipment and plants and prefabricated building components, wherever applicable. It has been prepared by DIQC.

Further, the Administrative Council directed institutionalization of regular revision of various components of the SoR keeping in view the rise/fall in the price indices.

Due to increased cost of labor and materials (cement, steel and bitumen, GI pipe etc.) and introduction of new construction materials/mechanized construction techniques, revision of rate contracts through SOR-2022 document was necessitated.

Administrative Council approves launch of Rooftop Solar Scheme in Jammu and Kashmir

The Administrative Council (AC) chaired by Lt Governor Manoj Sinha here approved setting up of 200 MW grid-tied rooftop solar power plants under “Solar City Mission” in Jammu.

Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, J&K and Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor participated in the meeting.

It has been decided to implement the Government of India’s Grid-connected Rooftop Solar Scheme, Phase-II for the residential sector in Jammu and Kashmir to ensure that the city’s electricity needs are fully met by solar power.

Under the project, 200 MW grid-tied rooftop solar power plants will be installed on 50,000 residential buildings in Jammu city at an estimated cost of Rs 1040 crore by Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development Agency (JKEDA) under its “Solar City Mission”. The project will be completed by March, 2024 and will have a lifespan of 25 years.

The Rooftop Solar Program will provide concessional installation of solar power panels on residential homes at a cost of Rs. 58,739, Rs. 53,995, Rs. 52,594, and Rs. 51,309 for Category-A (up to 1 kW), Category-B (> 1 kW to 2 kW), Category-C (> 2 kW up to 3 kW), and Category-D (> 3 kW up to 10 kW), respectively .

The central sector scheme provides a central subsidy component of 40% of the project cost and a state subsidy component of 25% of the project cost for installation of solar power panels less than 3 kW capacity, after which the central subsidy component remains at 20% . , The subsidy to the beneficiaries will be provided through DBT mode.

These rooftop solar power plants will be connected to the grid on the basis of net metering. With a payback period of around 4 years, the investment made by the beneficiaries due to energy savings will be recovered at the rate of 25% p.a.

With the implementation of the project, J&K will benefit from the generation of about 280 million units of energy annually, with a reduction in carbon emissions of about 5.44 million tonnes, besides benefiting from savings on account of inter-state transmission losses. To the tune of 224 million units.

Generation of solar power through the Rooftop Solar Programme, assisting the DISCOMs in meeting their renewable purchase obligation (RPO) targets of 10.5 per cent set by the Government of India, to meet the energy needs of J&K’s energy-deficit Union Territory will help. ,

The project will also provide employment opportunities to the local youth. Based on employment projections, it is calculated that a 1 MW rooftop solar PV project will generate a total of 40 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs over the expected lifetime of the project of 25 years, including highly skilled personnel for business development, design has been included. Sales, procurement and project management; One-time work for construction and installation of rooftop PV systems; and the unskilled resources required annually for the cleanup activity of the plant.

Many additional job roles are also created by solar PV grid-connected projects in secondary and tertiary roles, along with manufacturing and supplying system equipment such as inverters, cables, trackers and other parts. Thus, around 8000 jobs will be created through the project.

The scheme mandates the implementing agency, viz. JAKEDA will provide regular quality supervision and certification of the quality of the materials to be installed; Periodic monitoring of physical progress and third party quality checks from MNRE approved testing centres; Providing free maintenance for a period of 5 years after installation; Install a bi-directional net-meter; And make sure to complete the project within the given time frame.

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Snowfall in Kashmir’s Highest Elevations

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On Saturday, snow fell in some upper Himalayan sections of Kashmir, including the 3,880-meter-high sacred cave sanctuary of Amarnath in the Apharwat range.

However, severe rain lashed the plains, including Jammu and Srinagar, the twin capital cities. Snowfall was observed at Apharwat and Amarnath caves in Kashmir, as well as in the higher parts of Ladakh, according to IMD Director Sonam Lotus.

“The weather would be typically gloomy with periodic rain and snow over the upper levels until June 21,” he said.

He predicted that weather conditions would improve after June 21.

The showers in the Kashmir plains provided much-needed relief to locals as the temperature dropped significantly.

The holy Amarnath cave in the south Kashmir Himalayas saw light snowfall during the day, but there was little hindrance in continuing construction along the route ahead of the start of the annual 43-day yatra on June 30.

Snowfall was also reported in the upper ranges of north and south Kashmir, as well as sections of Jammu, including Sarkantha top in Gool and Aram Nakh and Angreez Thum mountain peaks in Ramban district’s Banihal area.

According to a Met department official, Batote in Ramban district received the most rainfall between 8.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m., followed by Gulmarg hill resort in north Kashmir (35.2 mm), base camp Katra in Reasi district (30.8 mm), Jammu city (21.2 mm), and Srinagar (15.5 mm).

He stated that the maximum temperature in Jammu was 31.3 degrees Celsius (7.1 degrees below average for this time of year), while the maximum temperature in Srinagar was 19.3 degrees Celsius (9.1 notches below usual).

The maximum temperature in Katra, the base camp for pilgrims visiting the Vaishno Devi shrine, was 24.4 degrees Celsius, 10.6 degrees lower than the season’s normal.

During the following two days, the weatherman predicts widespread light to moderate rain and thunderstorms.

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Thousands of students are at risk as 300 Jammu and Kashmir schools are scheduled to close.

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Thousands of students are at risk as 300 Jammu and Kashmir schools are scheduled to close.

According to local media, the State Investigative Agency (SIA) discovered these schools were implicated in the civilian uprising in Kashmir in 2010 and 2016.

Huzaif Ahmad, a 14-year-old Class 9th student in Jammu & Kashmir’s Budgam district who aspires to be an engineer, is now facing an unclear future.

He is one of 600 pupils and instructors at a secondary school in Budgam who are concerned that their school will be closed due to its previous association with a trust affiliated to a banned party that has been targeted by the Jammu and Kashmir administration in a current operation.
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The school, like many others, was delinked from the Falah-e-Aam Trust, re-registered, and taken over by local community management in 2017. However, according to sources, the secondary school is one of 20 in the Budgam area that may be closed.

Thousands of pupils in Jammu and Kashmir, like Huzaif, are unsure what will happen if the union territory administration’s intention to close down approximately 300 private schools reportedly linked to a trust affiliated with the banned Jama’at e Islami organisation is carried out.

The administration has directed school administrators to close the schools within the next 15 days. The decision was made after the State Investigation Agency (SIA) allegedly discovered these schools were related to the Jama’at-backed foundation.

Huzaif’s school houses 400 kids, the majority of whom come from low-income families from around Jammu and Kashmir. Those who can afford it pay a monthly price of 2,500 for tuition and boarding, according to a management official.

In addition to operating a religious seminary (madrasa), the school follows the Jammu and Kashmir education board’s syllabus as well as the European Cambridge curriculum.

“We are following the curriculum developed and approved by the state board of education. We teach the Cambridge series up to class fifth, which is highly modern and connected to the modern era “Saleem Sidique, a teacher, agreed.

According to the ruling, all schools affiliated with the Jama’at-related trust have had their recognition revoked. The government labelled the Jama’at-e-Islami, a political-religious party, a prohibited organisation in 2019.

All district superintendents have been directed to close these institutions within 15 days and transfer pupils to government-run schools.

According to local media sources, the SIA discovered these schools were involved in the civilian unrest in Kashmir in 2010 and 2016, as well as teaching Jihadi literature.

According to the Falah Aam Trust, only seven schools are directly associated with them, and it denies any involvement in subversive or separatist activity.

“We have no idea why we were prohibited. We solely follow a government-approved curriculum and obey government orders “Showkat Ahmad Var, Director of Falah Aam Trust, stated

He stated that, with the exception of seven institutions, the trust has no administrative or academic influence over any other school.

Sajad Lone, head of the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference, has called the move racist and claimed that the government is deliberately targeting Kashmiris.

“Selectively targeting institutions with religious affiliations is both unfair and unjust. The administration must recognise that J&K is a Muslim-majority state. They cannot ban every institution because they are biassed against Muslims “Mr Lone stated.

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Shri Amarnath Yatra: Insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh for horses, ponies

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Increase the registration of laborers and ponies to achieve the target before June 14, directed the officials of labor and animal husbandry departments to Pol of Divisional Commissioner (DivCom) Kashmir, Pandurang in a meeting here.
The Divisional Commissioner directed the Labor Department officials to register 16,000 laborers to achieve the target of 35000 laborers for providing services during the travel period.
Similarly, he also asked the Animal Husbandry Department to register an additional 5000 ponies for providing services for Shri Amarnathji Yatra.
The Divisional Commissioner also directed the Assistant Labor Commissioners and District Animal Husbandry Officers to organize camps for the registration of laborers and ponies in the districts.
Poll directed the Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry Department, Jammu to register the ponies coming from Marwah Vadwan, Dachchan areas and seven other districts of Jammu division.
He directed to identify fodder shops for cattle on both the routes leading to Amarnath Cave and also stressed on medical examination of animals before registration.
Meanwhile, Div.com said a full year insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh will be provided for the services of horses and ponies in the Amarnathji Yatra.
He directed the district officers to depute staff to assist the department for smooth execution of activities in Ganderbal and Anantnag.
DivCom stressed on the officials to ensure that the service providers do not overcharge the passengers.
Also asked to set up labor welfare camp at the service station of Amarnath Yatra.

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