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Face to Face with Dr. NIRMAL SINGH GovERNMENT has initiated massive reforms in power sector: Dy CM

Government has launched various schemes to strengthen the power infrastructure in the State. This was stated by Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh, while interacting exclusively with the Young Bites.
Here are the excerpts.
Vijay Gupta
VG: Winter season is on its peak and long power cuts are issue of concern, why”
NS: This is not true that power cuts are an issue of concern, we have adequate power supply, in respect of Jammu Division total unrestricted demand is 1350 MWs. On an average, peak load of the order of 1050-1100 MWs is being supplied while as the gap of 250 MWs is being met by implementation of curtailment programme except in industrial areas where the power is being supplied for 24 hours.
VG: Replacement and repairs of damaged transformers is a regular complaint in some areas, why?
NS: We are trying our best to replace the damaged transformers earliest, In the city areas the damaged distribution transformers are replaced on same day or within 24 hours. While, in rural areas the transformers are being replaced within 2 to 3 days and in case of distribution transformers of far-flung areas and more time may be taken due to manual carriage.
VG: Elerticification of villages is an old process, what is the progress till date?
NS: As per Census 2011, the total number of un-electrified villages in Jammu and Kashmir was 102 including 26 in Kashmir regions, 58 in Jammu region and 18 in Ladakh region. These are being covered for electrification under DDUGJY and RGGVY-II schemes, respectively.
To meet the Government of India’s timeline of December 2019, the department has decided to take up the electrification of 54 un-electrified villages through off-grid connectivity, as per the decision of State Level Standing Committee. The matter has been taken up with the Union Ministry of Power to electrify these villages through Solar off grid mode. The on-grid electrification works of these villages will be carried on simultaneously.
To meet the timeline, the department has taken up electrification of 84 un-electrified villages departmentally, while 18 other villages have been taken up by PGCIL.
VG: This is a very good decision of the government for regularizing the services of daily wagers, what is the present status?
NS: The government is committed to fulfill the needs of every employee, there are 13751 need based workers which include 7921 of Kashmir region, 361 of Ladakh region and 5469 of Jammu region have been cleared for regularization.
In district Budgam 282 workers were engaged on need basis and no worker has been regularized after 1st. March, 2017.
* Police is here to serve the people and it is our duty to provide them a better life, in a crime free and peaceful atmosphere. * This was stated by the Director General of Police (DGP) Dr SP Vaid, during an exclusive interaction with the Young Bites. --------- Here are the excerpts. Vijay Gupta VG: As being the head of police family, what is your thrust for providing more facilities to your men? SP: Police family is a very big family which comprises of about 1 lakh and twenty thousand personnel, who works for day and night every day with a motive to provide the people a better and peaceful life. In this regard, we launch many welfare measures time to time. Recently, our big achievement was to provide promotions to many personnel, which has been approved by the government as a big welfare measure. Enhancement of ex-gratia for my men is also big news and we are trying our best to enhance this amount as compared to the ex-gratia amount, which is provided to the security personnel of other belt forces. There was a need for the reforms in health insurance, and I wanted to share here that we have started providing this scheme for our men at Narayana Hospital, in Katra, where every police personnel and his family members should get 15 pc discounts in their bills. Memorandum with the JK Bank is also a new welfare measure, under which every police person can avail a loan facility upto Rs 20 lakh rupees without any paper work and formality. Meanwhile for better entertainment facilities, we have signed a memorandum with the LG Company to provide electronic items to our men at the CSD rates and to provide better housing facilities to our men, who are protecting many important persons, I have asked my officers to provide them better housing facilities instead of tents. VG: Less quantity of ration to police personnel as compared to the security personnel of other belt forces is a regular complaint, why? DGP: This is true that the police of our state are getting less quantity of ration as compared to the security personnel of other belt forces; the issue has been resolved with the intervention of our Chief Minister. Now they are getting enhanced ration supply but still this quantity is less and we are trying our best to provide them adequate supply of ration earliest. VG: Housing colony for the retired police personnel is an old pending demand, is there any plan to provide them a housing colony? DGP: We are very keen to provide a housing colony for our men and this issue is still in progress with the government. There is delay as till date the government has not finalized the land for the construction of a housing colony. Once, the land is finalized we will start the construction for providing a housing colony. This was not all that the son of the soil and DGP Dr SP Vaid has to say about his department and his men, who are serving the people for better and peaceful life.
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