Dy CM for making JK self-sufficient in power generation

The Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh today directed the officers to explore the possibility of generating power keeping in view the favorable geographical conditions of JK so that   the State becomes self sufficient in power generation and the consumers get adequate supply of electricity.

The Deputy Chief Minister was   addressing officers during 2nd Meeting of Management and Finance Sub-Committee of Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation Ltd (JKSPDC) here today.

          Minister of State for Power Syed Farooq Ahmad Andrabi, was also present.

          Chief Secretary B B Vyas, Commissioner/Secretary Finance Navin Kumar Choudhary, Commissioner/Secretary PDD Mr Dheeraj Gupta, MD JKPDC, Shah Faesal and other senior officers were present in the meeting.

          Dr Singh directed the officers to come up with a comprehensive framework of generating electric power so that the demands of the people are met.  He said they should synergize their efforts in order to make the state self sufficient in terms of electricity generation and transmission.

           While referring to the initiatives being undertaken in the power sector, the Deputy Chief Minister said that the officers should ensure timely completion of various programmes being implemented.  He said that a special component has been provided under Prime Minister’s Development Package for ensuring that the sector gets requisite flip and thrust.

          Dr Singh directed the officers  to ensure  that the work on  ongoing   power projects is  speeded up so that the  capability and capacity  of the state to generate power gets the requisite boost and makes us  self sufficient.  He said that a measure component of our plan is being spent on the purchase of power from various agencies and by making ourselves self sufficient we can divert the funds for other developmental initiatives.

          The meeting was informed that an amount of Rs. 1068.51 crore has been earmarked for the capital works and   Rs.236.92 crore for Operation and Maintenance (O&M) works of these projects.

          The meeting also discussed the implementation of various new hydroelectric projects and other issues related to human resource and implementation of new projects.

GST Council Meet: Dr Drabu takes stock of arrangements at SKICC

SRINAGAR: Minister for Finance Dr Haseeb Drabu today visited SKICC here to personally take stock of the arrangements made for the 14th GST Council Meeting. He was accompanied Commissioner Secretary Finance, Navin Kumar Choudhary, Director Information, Dr Arun Kumar Manhas and other senior officers of the Finance, Information and other concerned Departments.

The Finance Minister enquired from the SKICC management and the other concerned regarding the arrangements made at the venue for the smooth conduct of the grand event.

Dr Drabu also visited the Media Centre established by the Department of Information and Public Relations at the Centaur Lake View Hotel to take stock of the arrangements made for the media-persons there.

He expressed satisfaction over the arrangements made at both the venues and gave some valuable suggestions on how to improvise the arrangements.

Pertinently, the GST panel headed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is meeting here to take a final call on the new taxation regime and finalize the rates of different commodities and services.

Around 150 dignitaries including Finance Ministers and Finance Secretaries of all the states will be attending the crucial meeting in Srinagar where the GST will be finally rolled out.

Besides around 200 media-persons are specially arriving in Srinagar to cover the mega event.

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