Government Initiatives April 18-24, 2021

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Education For Entrepreneurship

Lt Governor Manoj Sinha during the signing of MoUs between Mission Youth, Government of J&K and BSE to spread financial literacy

The Jammu and Kashmir Government is going to train 5000 young professionals this year, and equip them with the requisite skill sets of the Financial Services Sector in order to create employment opportunities for them. The government also announced a new scheme – Tejaswini under Mission Youth, through which financial assistance of Rs 5 lakhs to the girls between the age group of 18-35 years will be provided to start their businesses. During the recently held Back to Village programme, around 9000 youth were identified for financial support for starting their enterprise. The expected target has been exceeded and 18,500 youth have been extended the financial support to start their own business units. Also, two IT Towers, one each in Jammu and Srinagar would be ready in their estimated timeframes. The government under Mission Youth is aiming to engage 80 per cent of youth in livelihood generation by 2025. The recent report of the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy has also stated that Jammu and Kashmir has less unemployment rate than States and UTs like Delhi, Goa, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and Rajasthan. The unemployment rate in the UT has gone down to 9 per cent from 16.1 per cent in September 2020. The information was delved by Lt Governor Manoj Sinha last week.

Demarcating Kashmir WetlandsThe Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has stated that all the wetlands would be demarcated along with rigorous monitoring of land transfer, installation of boundary walls, geo-coordinate, pillars and removal of encroachments of wetlands including Wullar,  Hokersar, Khusal Sar, Gilsar, Anchar, Narkara, and Manasbal lakes. Pandurang Kondhbarao Pole stressed the removal of illegal encroachments on Tchount Kul, Brari Nambal, Rakhi Arath and Nalla Amir Khan. The divisional administration is likely to take stringent action including registering FIRs against the offenders indulging in repeated illegal activities. The government has directed for immediate removal of already dumped waste from Hokarsar and other wetlands and emphasized that only alternate and shifted dumping sites are in use for dumping purposes. The government is likely to expedite beautification work on wetlands and called for massive awareness generation on the importance of wetland preservation.

Building Sports

Lt Governor Manoj Sinha, Union MoSKiren Rijiju inaugurate Khelo India Centre of ExcellenceWater Sports Academy at Nehru Park

The government last week inaugurated Khelo India Centre of Excellence, Water Sports Academy at Nehru Park inside the Dal Lake. The lake was inaugurated by Lt Governor Manoj Sinha, along with Union Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju. The government stated that the aim of Khelo India is to covert the basic structure of sports centres into a state-of-the-art sports facility with modern equipment, top-class coaches so that in the next 10 years, India would reach top ranks in Olympics. The government further stated that the aim is to provide high standard training to young boys and girls of Jammu and Kashmir in all 53 disciplines of the Olympic Games this year. The government stated that around 8500 players are estimated to participate in the upcoming Premier League in four disciplines – Football, Kabaddi, Volleyball and Hockey. Speaking on the occasion Lt Governor Manoj Sinha maintained that in the recent budget, an amount of Rs 513 crore has been kept for Youth Empowerment and Sports. He said it was decided that sports kits worth Rs 20,000 would be given to children in all 4290 panchayats. Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju assured full sport of the Union Ministry in the development of sports in Jammu and Kashmir. For the promotion of football amongst the women folks, we are planning to conduct the Women Football league in the region, added the Union MoS.

Now, A Policy For Films

Lt Governor reviewing the proposed J&K Film Policy-2021

The Jammu and Kashmir government is going to reveal the new Film Policy for Jammu and Kashmir in the next fortnight. Lt Governor Manoj Sinha last week chaired a high-level meeting to review the proposed Jammu and Kashmir Film Policy-2021. “J&K Film Policy will be among the best in the Country and all the stakeholders would be taken on board while finalizing it”, Lt Governor said. During the meeting, point-wise discussions were held on measures needed to be incorporated to attract and facilitate the film-makers coming to Jammu and Kashmir, besides maximizing the potential of promising local film sector and talents for transforming Jammu and Kashmir into the most preferred film destination. He also emphasized on streamlining the Single Window Clearance and Facilitation System, and bringing renowned filmmakers from across the country and abroad for exploring the unexplored scenic locales available in abundance in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir.

Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam also attended the meeting along with other senior officers.

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