Government Initiatives February 21-27, 2021

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Easing Industrialisation

Lt Governor Manoj Sinha presiding over the Administrative Council meeting on February 13, 2021. Pic: DIPR

The Lt Governor Manoj Sinha led Administrative Council has approved a series of measures for simplifying the business establishment process. As per the decision, the pre-requisite No Objection Certificates have been relaxed for setting up a business unit. Now, the Udyog Aadhar Memorandum as per the condition of the Government of India shall be the only requirement for a business unit to be set-up in Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier, as many as 15 NoCs/Clearances were required. Some of the clearances will be granted later through two sets of Single Window Committees – one, for business units coming up within Industrial Estates and another Committee for Units outside the Industrial Estates. Besides, a Divisional Level Committee has been approved, which shall periodically monitor the working of the above Committees and address issues.

Upskilling Youth For Overseas

Higher Education Department signs MoUs for up-skilling of J&K Youth-19

The Jammu and Kashmir government is going to introduce skill-enhancing courses for the local youth in order to help them gain employment in Germany, Netherland, United Kingdom, Sweden and Switzerland in trades like Health Associate, Health Care Worker, Operator and Assemblers, Machine and Plant Operators, ICT Professionals, Science and Engineering Technicians to upscale existing courses like Mechanic AC Refrigeration, Mechanic Motor Vehicle, Electrician, Mechanic Consumer Electronics, Information Technology and Electronic System Management, Software Application, Mechanic Computer Hardware, Welder, Plumber, Draughtsman Civil, Fashion Design and Technology, Interior Decoration and Designing, Instrument Mechanic in 52 ITIs and 22 Polytechnics. The suggested introduction of new courses include Production Horticulture supervisor, Mobile Plant Operator, Machinery Manager, Heavy Truck and Lorry Driver, Registered Nurse, Hospitality Manager, Electrician, Electrical Automotive, Plumber, Mechanical Automotive, HVAC, Healthcare, Retail and Hospitality having global demand in Singapore, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Golf Countries, Germany and Japan. A placement centre in each district will be set up. New permanent faculty will be recruited on a fast track basis on all vacancies besides the department shall fast track updating of recruitment rules to speed up promotions. The School Education Department shall be approached to deploy 85 trained teachers of Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and English for teaching in ITIs/Polytechnics against vacant positions. The meeting was attended by Director Skill Development, Sajad Hussain Ganie, Additional Secretary, SDD, Director Finance, SDD, representatives of the Finance Department and other concerned officers.

Connecting Peripheral Jammu and Kashmir

Dilapidated condition of roads (KL Image: Roomi Nazir)

The Jammu and Kashmir Rural Roads Development Agency (JKRRDA) has completed 1917 km of rural roads under 234 schemes with financial implication of Rs 1200 crore, thereby providing safe and secure all-weather connectivity to 93 eligible habitations, a meeting presided by . Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam revealed. The JKRRDA has now set a goal of building additional 2418 km rural roads of 293 schemes which are at various stages of completion by March 31, 2021, to take up this year’s progress to 4,000 km. These roads will further connect 57 habitations eligible under the scheme at an estimated cost of Rs 927 crore. The Department has initiated the process of finalizing its candidate road list which is expected to include 1877 roads covering a length of 12300 km. Further, the Department is also engaging a consultancy bridge expert to monitor the construction of bridges under the programme. Currently, the rural road network created under PMGSY in Jammu and Kashmir stretches over 12803.59 km connecting 1931 habitations through 2101 schemes with an estimated expenditure of Rs 7228.25 crore. Pertinently, J&K figures at rank 3 in the national index.

Training Farmers

PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi-Lt Governor Manoj Sinha addresses Farmers at Kisan Kendra, Jammu

A Training and Exposure visit of 48 farmers, drawn from different districts of Jammu and Kashmir has gone on a 5-day visit to CSK Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishav Vidyalaya (CSKHPKV) Palampur under Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) of National Mission on Agriculture Extension and Technology (NMAET). The visit aims to train farmers in institutes of excellence using new innovative technologies in the field of agriculture and allied sectors which will help to expand their knowledge and skills. The farmers will interact with scientists and research workers to learn and update their skills about the latest techniques and replicate the same in their fields and also share it with their fellow farmers. The farmers were accompanied by subject matter Specialist (DL) Parveen Kumar and Agriculture Extension Assistant Vivek Sharma.

Investing In Education

Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha during Governors’ Conference on Role of NEP-2020 in Transforming Higher Education

Under the new Education Investment Policy-2020, Jammu and Kashmir will have a new high tech Edu-city campus shall consist of reputed schools, colleges, Universities and Institutes like International Residential School, Digital Smart School, Engineering and Polytechnic College, Agriculture, Design and Town Planning College, Medical and Dental College, Law College, Tourism and Hospitality Development College and other institutes. The Departments of Skill Development and Higher Education have received six proposals worth Rs 700 crores from both domestic and international investors for these projects. The six proposals received would be publicized soon. The Industries and Commerce Department would be facilitating the prospective investors for land allotment while SIDCO and SICOP will give able assistance in this exercise and priority would be given to underdeveloped and remote areas for these investments in the field of education as it would give a flip to the rural economy of J&K. A ceiling of 200 kanals will be fixed in case of establishing universities and 21 kanals in case of colleges. The Industries Department would ensure a single-window clearance mechanism for such projects.

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