Monday, April 9, 2012

One time settlement proposal for KP Migrants returned

The state cabinet today gave a go ahead to the proposal of Information Technology (IT) department vis-à-vis implementation of National Population Register (NPR) project in Jammu and Kashmir in place of Aadhar project.However the cabinet returned `one-time settlement’ proposal of Revenue department with regard to return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandit migrants to the department for making it a “certain, comprehensive package with all requisite details intact.”

Sources stated the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who chaired the cabinet meeting, directed the department to identify shortfalls in the package. He asked it to come out with this package proposal complete in all respects with all the requisite details about the families interested for return and the details of financial implication of the package with the exact amount to be spent.

Besides the proposal pertaining to package for Jammu migrants to bring them at par with the Kashmiri migrants, too should be comprehensively framed and brought before the cabinet along with it, the Chief Minister directed. In the recently concluded budget session Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation
Raman Bhalla had stated that the state government was working on a comprehensive return and rehabilitation policy for Kashmiri Pandit migrants in Kashmir Valley and 4,440 Pandit families had applied under this policy so far.

He had said the government had submitted a comprehensive one-time settlement package to the Centre for funding. The cabinet also deferred the proposal of the Revenue department regarding the enhancement of honorarium of Numberdars and Chowkidars from existing rate of Rs 501 per month to Rs 1501 per month and from Rs 500 to Rs 1500 per month respectively.Sources said that the proposal was deferred as the government was contemplating to bring proposal for honorarium for Panchs and Sarpanchs also along with it after deciding the amount. The proposals may be taken up in the next cabinet meeting. 

After the cabinet gave a go ahead to the proposal of Information Technology (IT) department vis-à-vis implementation of National Population Register (NPR) project in Jammu and Kashmir in place of Aadhar project like most North Eastern States, the Memorandum of Understanding between the state government and the J&K Bank, which was signed on July 18, 2011, would be withdrawn. The Aadhar project of UID Authority of India was replaced with National Population Register as per the Government of India decision to implement National Population Register by Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs in the state after synchronizing the procedures for the two projects.

The cabinet also approved revised incentives for tourism as an `industry’ by modifying the existing rules governing the package of incentives.The modifications will supersede government orders and the regulations notified in 1995.Under the revised incentives, the list of areas and locations, where the tourism units will
be eligible to get incentives as per new package, will be liberalized and expanded with a new limit for the capital outright investment subsidy and increased limit on amount of capital subsidy in case of prestigious units.

Besides, the selection of Patwar Trainees through J&K Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPE) was also okayed with the modifications that the examinations would be conducted by the BOPE at the district level by associating the concerned Deputy Commissioner and making selection in accordance with the reservation rules. The cabinet also approved transfer of state land measuring 192 Kanals and 34 Marlas under Khasra No 169/172/411/1013/412, situated in estates Namble Narkara and Hamchipora of tehsils Budgam and Khag respectively of district Budgam, in favour of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture Science and Technology, Shalimar Srinagar for establishment of Krishi Vigyan Kendra.The transfer of land measuring 300 Kanals and 5 Marlas situated in villages Hrudubani, Lalpora and Mangloora of tehsil Tangmarg, district Baramulla, for establishment of Krishi Vigyan Kendra Similarly, the cabinet also approved transfer of state land measuring 362 Kanal and 13 Marlas for construction of Krishi Vigyan Kendra at village Marta and construction of residential quarters for employees of Krishi Vigyan Kendra in village Ramnagr, Tehsil Ramnagar, district Udhampur.

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