No transfers, but Cabinet addresses long-pending issues

SRINAGAR: In the cabinet meeting which was held after a gap of 50 days on Wednesday, the Jammu and Kashmir government did not effect any transfers but took decisions on some long-pending issues.
Talking to reporters the, government spokesperson Naeem Akhtar said that the cabinet has transferred land to four out of five medical colleges and the decision about the fifth would also be taken soon. “Except land for the medical college in Doda, the land for the colleges Kathua, Baramulla, Rajouri and Anantnag has been transferred,” said Akhtar, who was flanked by finance minister Haseeb Drabu.
Akhtar said that the cabinet also approved enhancement of DA by 6%, which will be released from January 2015 to July 2015.
Drabu, who also spoke on the occasion, said this would cost the exchequer Rs 285 crore. Drabu also said the cabinet has approved a welfare scheme, ASRA, for widows, destitute, BPL families and bread winners of such families whose annual income is less than Rs 75,000. The scheme will be executed by the Social Welfare Department and it will also identify all the eligible beneficiaries. Rs 50 crore have been earmarked to implement the scheme this year. “I had promised the scheme in my budget and today I made it a reality. Due to this scheme, the above three groups will be financially secured,” Drabu said.
To avail the World Bank’s Rs 1,500 crore assistance for flood rehabilitation, Drabu said the cabinet has approved the design of its implementation and it will be handed over to concerned departments.
Other decisions taken included reconstitution of an empowered committee to approve regularisation of daily rated workers, creation of 31 posts in subordinate judiciary, passing the Jammu and Kashmir Private Security ordinance – which will provide a legal framework to regulate the functioning of private security.
The cabinet also enhanced salaries of councillors of LAHDC of Leh and Kargil and monthly remuneration of settlement assistants from the existing Rs 2,000 to Rs 4,500 per month.
The cabinet also promoted SK Mishra and B Srinivas as DGP and ADGP police, respectively.

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