Cabinet meets in Jammu, approves promotions

JAMMU: The Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday accorded sanction to the promotion of IAS officers Rohit Kansal and Shailendra Kumar of 1995 batch to the Higher Administrative Grade (HAG) of IAS with immediate effect.

Consequent upon their promotion to the HAG of IAS, Rohit Kansal and Shailendra Kumar have been designated as Principal Secretaries to Government in their respective departments.

The cabinet also accorded sanction to the promotion of Dr T S Ashok Kumar, IFS to the posts of Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests in the pay scale of Rs 67,000-79000 (HAG) with effect from Rs09.02.2018 on proforma basis.

It also accorded sanction to the promotion of five Directors including A K Gandotra, Mohammad Ismail Teli, Satvir Kour Sudan, Tariq Ahmad Khan and S Bilal Ahmad as Director Generals in the Planning, Development and Monitoring Department in the Super Time Scale of Rs 37,400-67000 with GP of Rs 10,000.

The meeting also approved re-designation of Sheikh Fayaz Ahmad, Director Youth Services & Sports J&K and Mir Tariq Ali, Director, Sericulture J&K, holding Super Time Scale of KAS, as Director Generals in their respective departments, till such time they hold these posts.

The Cabinet also accorded sanction to the promotion of three Private Secretaries of J&K Head of Department (Gazetted) Service. The officers include Mohammad Ayub Dar, Brij Krishen Bhat and Sat Paul Sharma as Senior Private Secretaries, in the pay band of Rs 15,600-39,100 with GP of Rs 6600 w.e.f 5.3.2018.

The Cabinet also accorded sanction to the creation of three posts in the Super Time Scale of J&K Accounts (Gazetted) Service in the pay band of Rs 37,400-67,000 with GP of Rs 10,000, taking the number of posts in the Special Scale and Super Time Scale of the service to 38 and 7 respectively.

Meanwhile, the cabinet also accorded in principle sanction to the adoption of the Restructured Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS) in respect of Horticulture Crops  viz Apple, Saffron, Mango  and Litchi for the State of Jammu and Kashmir in addition to “Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana” (PMFB) as per the operational guidelines of the scheme circulated by the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, Government of India w.e.f Kharif 2016 and for implementation in the State by the Agriculture Production Department.

The Cabinet directed the Agriculture Production Department to concretize the scheme in consultation with the Finance and the Planning Development & Monitoring Department before its final roll out.

WBCIS uses weather parameters as “proxy” for crop yields in compensating the cultivators for deemed crop losses. Pay-out structures are developed to the extent of losses deemed to have been suffered using the weather triggers.

The objective of WBCIS is to provide insurance coverage and financial support to the farmers in the event of failure of any of the notified crop as a result of adverse weather incidences including deficit rainfall, excess rainfall, unseasonal rains, dry-spell, wind etc.

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