Empowered panel set up for fast-tracking pending matters

Jammu: An empowered committee has been formed to review, coordinate and fast track all important pending matters related to Power Development and Science and Technology Departments in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Following directions by Governor N N Vohra, an Empowered Committee has been constituted to review, coordinate and fast track all important pending matters relating to Power Development Department (PDD) and Science & Technology Department,” an official spokesperson said on Thursday.
The panel will be headed by the Chief Secretary while Financial Commissioner Planning and Development Department, Principal Secretary Forests, Commissioner Finance and Secretary Science and Technology Department will be its members, he said.
Commissioner, Power Development Department will be Member Secretary of the Committee, the spokesperson said.
The panel has been tasked to look into important pending matters including, enhancement of Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development Agency’s (JAKEDA) mandate for exploitation of small and Micro Hydel projects from 2 MW to 15 MW, he said.
It will also look into capacity building support by the Power Development Department and the institutional framework required to carry out this mandate, establishing a mechanism for fast tracking the approvals required under a single window clearance mode for Independent Power Producers (IPP) projects tendered by JAKEDA.