Read The Decisions By Governor’s SAC

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Srinagar

Governor, Satya Pal Malik chaired the meeting of the State Administrative Council (SAC) at Raj Bhavan Jammu on Wednesday.

SAC Meeting

Advisors to the Governor, B B Vyas, K Vijay Kumar, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, and K K Sharma, Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam and Principal Secretary to the Governor, Umang Narula were present at the meeting, which was 19th SAC meeting after the State came under the Governor’s rule in June this year.

The SAC deliberated upon the various proposals submitted by Administrative departments for its consideration and approval.

Govt to build residential complexes for police personnel on a self-financing basis

The State Administrative Council (SAC) approved in principle a proposal submitted by the Home Department for construction of 20,000 flats to be allotted to the police personnel on a self-financing basis.

10000 of these flats will be constructed in Kashmir Division and 10,000 in Jammu Division at one or two locations subject to the availability of land in each place.

These flats which would be in multistoried apartments will consist of 2 BHK (800 – 1000 sft), 3 BHK (1200 sft) and 4 BHK (1500 sft). The flats would come up in apartment blocks. The apartment complex will be provided with the required facilities such as parks, playgrounds, shopping areas, etc.

The flats are to be constructed over a period of two years for which State land will be provided by the Government on nominal charges. The flats would be allotted to intending police personnel on a self-financing basis. The Government will facilitate the provision of a loan from J&K Bank and other banks if required. A demand survey will be conducted by the DGP to determine the exact demand of flats. This will be completed by 1st December 2018.

The construction of these 20,000 houses will be a huge welfare measure for the police personnel.

It is pertinent to mention that there are extremely limited housing facilities for the J&K police personnel. The objective of the proposal is to create affordable housing facilities for various categories of police personnel along with other amenities. In this way, the long pending housing need of the police personnel will be met.

SAC waives off demand raised by Commercial Taxes Deptt against 1573 flood-affected businesses

The State Administrative Council (SAC) approved waiving off the demands raised by the Assessing Authorities of the Commercial Taxes Department against 1573 flood hit dealers by rejecting their input tax credit claim for the stocks destroyed in the floods of September 2014.

The Trade Associations and Chambers had been demanding waiver of demands raised by the Assessing Authorities against the flood-affected dealers, by rejecting their input tax credit claim for the stocks destroyed in the floods of September 2014, in view of the fact that the goods had got destroyed.

Taking into consideration the magnitude of the 2014 flood disaster, the misery it brought to all the sections of the Society, traders included and the fact that the stocks got destroyed in the flood, the SAC settled the long pending demand of the traders.

Academic arrangement Teachers, Lecturers to be deployed for winter tuitions

The State Administrative Council (SAC) accorded sanction to the proposal of the School Education Department for utilization of services of teaching staff hired on academic arrangement for two months of winter vacations (session 2018-19) in the winter zone i.e from 16th November 2018 to 15th January 2019 or till regular selections are made by the School Education Department on the recommendation of the recruiting agencies, whichever is earlier.

It is pertinent to mention that the Education Department hires services of Teachers and Lecturers on need basis in various schools for the academic session only to fill the vacancies especially in critical subjects like Math, Science etc.

The decision has been taken keeping in view the requirements of the Education Department; compensate the loss of academic session due to unforeseen circumstances in Kashmir Valley and gainful utilization of the services of these teachers in keeping with their experience and eagerness to work. They will be utilized to provide winter tuition to students so that they perform better academically.

SAC reviews the efficacy of ReT scheme

 The State Administrative Council (SAC) reviewed the Rehabar-e-Taleem (ReT) scheme viz-a-viz its efficacy in the changed education scenario in the state.

It is pertinent to mention that ReT scheme was launched in the State in the year 2000 for meeting requirements of teachers in Primary Schools/ Middle Schools in inaccessible and far-flung areas where teachers posted from other places were ordinarily reluctant to join.

The scheme envisaged engagement of teachers from the local area and had to be paid remuneration of Rs 1500 per month initially (later revised to Rs 3000 per month) and had to be regularized after five years of continuous service. Recruitments were made under the said scheme which helped the department to meet the shortage of teachers in deficient areas.

In the meantime, the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) was implemented in the State in the year 2003 which has a provision for the opening of new Primary Schools as well as upgradation of Primary Schools to upper Primary level to increase access to education to every child. As the scheme had a provision for engaging teachers on contractual /consolidated basis out of the funds being provided by Government of India, the State stopped engagement of teachers under original ReT scheme but the continued engagement of teachers under SSA on the pattern of the ReT scheme. More than 41000 teachers have been appointed as ReT/SSA teachers so far,

After a critical analysis of the teaching staff in the School Education Department across the state under regular recruitment, SSA and RMSA, it has been observed that Pupil-Teacher Ratio (PTR) is in excess than the prescribed national norm. The State has a PTR of 1:12 and 1:9 in Primary and Upper Primary Schools respectively which is higher than the prescribed national norm of 1:40 and 1:35 respectively. In addition, there are many administrative and legal issues with the ReT scheme/process, including the declining quality of education.

In view of these issues, the SAC after considering the pros and cons, decided to formally close the ReT scheme with an enabling provision that the teachers already engaged under the scheme shall continue to be governed by the erstwhile scheme till their regularization or otherwise. The proposal for this is being finalized and will be put up to the SAC next week.

The decision would help the school education Department to consolidate the position and rationalize the staff strength in various schools and also move towards having a single cadre of teachers rather than multiple types of teachers performing the same work.

SAC approves rollout of Ayushman Bharat–Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana from Dec 1

The State Administrative Council (SAC) approved the launch of Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana in the State with effect from 1st December 2018.

The scheme will provide health insurance coverage to about 6.13 lakh families figuring in Socio-Economic Caste Census database to the tune of Rs 5 lakh per family per year with secondary and tertiary care hospitalization.  There will be no cap on family size and all families included in the Socio-Economic and Caste Census will be entitled to claim the benefits.  The scheme offers treatment in any of the 13,000 impanelled hospitals in the country under 1350 medical packages.

The institutional mechanism has already been put in place with the constitution of State Health Agency, District Implementation Units, and Grievance Redressal mechanism.

Around 136 public and private hospitals have been empanelled in the State.  140 Arogya Mitras have been identified and they have undergone an orientation and training programme.  Intensive IEC activities like the door-to-door campaign, newspaper advertisements have been started.  IEC activities will be intensified in the coming days.

Golden Cards to all the eligible families are targeted to be issued by 15th December 2018.   The Golden Cards are being given through empanelled hospitals (free of cost) and through Common Service Centres (CSCs) at a cost of Rs 30.  In order to incentivize the beneficiaries, Government has decided to chip in with 50% cost and the beneficiary has to now pay Rs 15 only instead of Rs 30 to the CSCs for registration. Rs 15 on behalf of the beneficiary will be paid by the Government.

SAC approves the grant of joining time extension to 254 Medical officers as a one-time exception

The State Administrative Council (SAC) approved the proposal of the Health & Medical Education Department to grant extension in the joining time of 254 Medical Officers as a onetime exception.

These Medical Officers shall be entitled to all service benefits including seniority from the actual date of their joining the Health Department in accordance with the Service Rules.  Their appointments in the department shall remain protected for the period only for which extension has been sought.

On joining the department, they will have to work in far-flung and backward areas of the state for a minimum period of five years.

Further, in future selections/appointments of Medical Officers, selectee medical officers shall not be allowed to continue with PG/tenures of Senior Residency/Registrarship/Demonstratorship and they will have only one choice either to opt for an appointment or opt out and go for PG/tenures of Senior Residency/ Registrarship/ Demonstratorship.

It has been observed that the Health and Medical Education Department refers posts of Medical Officers to J&K PSC for recruitment but out of the selected doctors many do not join for being understudies, pursuing PG/Senior Residency/Registrarship/ Demonstratorship in Government Medical Colleges of State including Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura and other institutions. Such selectees often plead for permission to continue their higher studies or other courses. Thus, posts though filled through a recruitment process, physically remain vacant which in turn adversely impacts the services offered by Government Hospitals in terms of critical healthcare.

Now the Government after careful consideration and in the interest of patient healthcare has decided that in future selectee Medical Officers shall not be allowed to continue with PG/tenures of Senior Residency/ Registrarship/Demonstratorship and they will have only one choice either to opt for appointment or opt out and pursue PG/tenures of Senior Residency/ Registrarship/Demonstratorship. The decision will help to further improve patient care in hospitals across the state particularly in remote far-flung and difficult areas.

Liaison Officers to be positioned in 10 major cities to coordinate issues of JK students

 The State Administrative Council (SAC) approved positioning of designated Liaison Officers of J&K State Government in the cities of New Delhi, Noida/Meerut, Chandigarh, Aligarh, Bhopal, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai and Jaipur to coordinate with students of the State pursuing higher education in other parts of the  country, whenever they are faced with the situations or incidents related to their regional identity.

Around 20,000 students of the State are pursuing higher studies in various colleges in other states. This year around 3820 students got admission to various undergraduate courses. Since 2012, J&K students have also availed opportunities to obtain admission in outside state colleges to the undergraduate course under the Prime Ministers Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS).

The Liaison Officers positioned in these major cities will report directly to the Resident Commissioner, J&K at New Delhi and coordinate with him and the State Government regarding issues faced by students of J&K. The Higher Education Department will be overall coordinating Department in the State Government.

Each location will have a ‘Help Center’, a temporary office with basic facilities including telephone/internet. The details about the ‘Help Centers’ will be widely published. Student’s wherever necessary would also be engaged as Assistant Liaison Officers, on a stipend/honorarium.

Positioning Liaison Officers in major cities where the concentration of J&K Students is higher will give the students greater sense of safety and security as they can easily contact the Liaison Officer in case of any apprehensions or trouble. This would also remove apprehensions among the intending students who wish to study in outside state colleges and encourage them to move out of state for higher studies and better pursuits.

 

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