SRINAGAR: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha chaired a review meeting of the Power Development Department. Various matters pertaining to power supply during the upcoming summer months and progress of key projects and schemes were discussed in the meeting.

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The meeting was attended by Atal Dulloo, Chief Secretary; Santosh D Vaidya, Principal Secretary, Finance Department; Sh. H. Rajesh Prasad, Principal Secretary, Power Development Department; Dr. Mandeep Kumar Bhandari, Principal Secretary to the Lt. Governor; and the officials of Jammu and Kashmir Power DISCOMs, Chief Engineers and other senior officers.

The Lt Governor discussed the power situation and reviewed the progress of key power projects. He took stock of the measures taken to curb AT&C losses, capacity additions, and the progress registered on smart meter installation.

Addressing concerns over power theft, the Lt Governor stressed upon the need for heightened enforcement efforts on the ground. He further directed to streamline the process for new power connections for the ease of consumers.

The meeting also discussed the progress on underground cabling project for the Grid connectivity of the Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra (from Rayil Pathri to Holy Cave and from Sangam top to Panjtarni). The Lt Governor instructed the officials to ensure timely completion of work before the commencement of the holy Yatra.

The Lt Governor directed the officials to ensure adequate availability of power during the summer season. He also stressed upon raising awareness on ‘PM-Surya Ghar: Muft Bijli Yojana’ scheme through which the households will be able to save electricity bills as well as earn additional income through sale of surplus power to DISCOMs.

Lieutenant Governor chaired a high-level meeting to review skill development, entrepreneurship and labour welfare. Senior officials of the Department of Skill Development, Department of Labour & Employment and Mission Youth attended the meeting.

The Lt Governor discussed various issues such as creating convergence of skill development schemes, opportunities and strategy for employment generation across the sectors through entrepreneurship, skill gap analysis and skill mapping for upskilling, reskilling of labour force and youth, and effective, efficient implementation of Healthcare, Social Security schemes for labour welfare and Livelihood Generation Schemes for youth and women.

The Lt Governor laid special emphasis on vital need for upskilling and reskilling of youth and labour workforce as per the evolving skill development landscape to meet the requirement of industries. He called for a whole of government approach towards skill development and providing opportunities for budding entrepreneurs.




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