Cabinet Meeting: Here is the list of decisions

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SRINAGAR: State cabinet that met with Chief Minister in chair on Tuesday has taken a series of decisions. These included creation of various posts and setting up of a new joint venture for tourism promotion. Here is the list of the decisions in detail:

JKTPO Created

To promote handicrafts and handloom products within the country and globally,  the Cabinet accorded sanction to the incorporation of Jammu and Kashmir Trade Promotion Organization (JKTPO) under Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013, as per the Law Department vetted Article of Association (AoA) and Memorandum of Association (MoA), having initial Share Capital of Rs. 5 Crore, as a Joint Venture Company between the Government of Jammu and Kashmir with 51% equity share, India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO) with 44% equity share and Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) with 5% equity share.

The Joint Venture Company will promote, organise, manage and participate in handicrafts / handlooms / industrial trade, other fairs and exhibitions in India and abroad and take all measures for promoting Industry especially in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and enhance its global competitiveness.

Two Engineering Colleges Created

The Cabinet also accorded sanction to the establishment of two Government Colleges of Engineering and Technology under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) by the State Higher Education Department, one each at Safapora in Ganderbal district and Janglot in Kathua district.

The Cabinet also accorded sanction to the creation of 136 posts i.e 68 posts for each college.

The Union Ministry of HRD has approved two Government Colleges of Engineering and Technology under the centrally sponsored scheme RUSA for addressing critical gaps and spatial distribution higher educational institution across the state. The Union Ministry sanctioned Rs 52 Crore for establishment of infrastructure for both institutions, out of which 90 % will be central share and 10% state share.

The two institutions are expected to meet the growing demand of technical / skilled manpower in the key sectors in the state i.e. Industry and Power.

3375 Posts for 5 Medical Colleges

The Cabinet accorded sanction to the creation of 3375 posts of various categories for five Medical Colleges including creation of 2025 posts Medical College at Rajouri, Baramulla and Anantnag and creation of 1350 posts to be operative in the financial year 2018-19 for Medical College, Kathua and Doda once they are established /sanctioned by the competent Authority.

These posts shall also be strictly as per the MCI guidelines of 675 posts per Medical College each as proposed by the department.

The Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, convened a meeting of Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) at New Delhi on January 15, 2016 and 5th  June 2017 has approved Medical College Anantnag, Baramulla, Rajouri, Kathua and Doda and also during 2016-17 & 2017-18, Rs. 192.03 Crore (Central Share) has been released for execution of these 05 new Medical Colleges. Besides, an amount of Rs 5.70 Crore (State Share) has also been released under Capex Budget during 2016-17 and 2017-18 for the purpose.

PW(R&B) Department and JKPCC has been engaged as executing agencies or for these Medical Colleges. The construction work of Medical College at Anantnag, Baramulla and Rajouri is under progress, however, in respect of Medical College at Doda & Kathua, PW (R&B) Department is in the process of floating tenders for starting of construction work.

In the 1st phase, out of 05 new Medical Colleges, 03 are likely to be complete during 2018-19, subject to the availability of funds from Government of India.

The department is planning to start first batch of 100 MBBS seats per medical college by 2019. Besides, the remaining 02 medical colleges shall be made functional during the corresponding year.

With the establishment/functioning of these new Medical Colleges in the State, the health care facilities will drastically come at par with the norms and guideline Medical Council of India (MCI) as well as intake capacity for Medical (MBBS)/Paramedical courses will also increase.

167 Posts Created

The Cabinet accorded sanction to the creation of 167 posts in various categories in the Police Department by corresponding reduction of 156 posts in Ministerial and Steno cadres.

Cabinet accorded sanction to the creation of 32 posts in various categories for establishment of Fire & Emergency Station, Kakrayal and 14 posts for Fire & Emergency Station, Katra.

Cabinet accorded sanction to the creation of 10 posts of faculty members for GMC Srinagar and GMC Jammu.  The posts include two posts each of Professor Cardiology, Associate Professor Cardiology, Associate Professor Dermatology, Assistant Professor Cardiology, and one post each of Professor Ophthalmology and Professor Pathology.

Cabinet accorded sanction to the creation of two posts of Financial Advisor/CAO in the pay band of Rs 15600-39100 + GP 6600 by corresponding reduction of two posts of Accounts Officers in the pay band of Rs 9300-34800 + GP 4800), one each at Cluster University Srinagar and Cluster University Jammu, subject to the condition that the posts are drawn on deputation from Finance Department. The proposed creations will enable smooth functioning of Cluster Universities and fill critical administrative positions.

Cabinet accorded sanction to the creation of one post of Joint Director in the Horticulture Department in the pay band of (15600-39100 + GP 7600).

Cabinet accorded sanction to the creation of two posts of Assistant Conservator of Forests in the pay band of Rs 9300-34800 + 4800 in Forest (Territorial) by corresponding reduction of one post each of Research Officer and Assistant Soil Scientist in the pay band (Rs 9300-34800 + Rs 4400) and three posts of Range Officer Gr-I  in the Pay Band of Rs 9300-34800 + 4280) in Forest (Territorial) by corresponding reduction of two posts of Assistant Seed Technician/Seed Scientist and one post of Senior Scientific Assistant in the pay band (Rs 9300-34800 + Rs.4300).

Shetty Commission Implemented

The Cabinet accorded sanction to the implementation of recommendation of the Shetty Commission for the Ministerial Staff of the Subordinate Courts and accordingly to the creation of 18 posts of Chief Administrative Officers (in District Courts), 22 posts of Senior Scale Stenographer Executive Assistants Principal Judge), 7 posts of Protocol Officers, 7 posts of Assistant Protocol Officers and 8 posts of Steno-Typists (as pool in districts where number of Courts are none).

JKHMC Is Debt Free

The Cabinet accorded sanction to the conversion of Government loans and financial assistance released from time to time by the Government to the Jammu & Kashmir Horticulture Produce Marketing Corporation (JKHPMC), amounting to Rs 77.39 Crore as on 31.03.2017, into fully paid-up Share Capital of the Corporation and conversion of interest part as well to the extent of Rs 28.75 Crore, into equity Share Capital of the Corporation.

The decision has been taken to re-structure of the Corporation, improve its balance sheet, reduce dependence on the government loans and financial assistance, enabling the Corporation to secure loan from financial institutions for funding its business plans and to turn round the Corporation.

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