Time-bound grade promotion for KAS officers approved

Jammu: The state cabinet that met here today under the chairpersonship of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti approved grant of time-bound grade promotion for the KAS officers.
As per the decision, a Junior KAS/feeding service officer in the pay band of R9300-34800 with grade pay of R4800 will be eligible for placement in scale of 15600-39100 + GP 6600. (Deputy Secretary level- non-functional scale after 10 years of service)
A Time Scale KAS officer with 4 years’ service in the Time Scale will be eligible for placement in the Selection Grade (non-functional) of R15600-39100 with grade pay of R7600.
A Time Scale KAS officer with 08 years of service in Time Scale may be considered for placement in Special Scale R37400-67000 + GP R8700 (non-functional).
The cabinet also approved cadre review of secretariat subordinate services and approved measures to fast-track promotion of officers belonging to the secretariat sub-ordinate service.
Meanwhile the cabinet also approved setting up of Jammu and Kashmir Renewable Energy Corporation.
According to the decision, the corporation will be a private limited company wholly owned by the state government with the authorized share capital of Rs 1 crore fully paid up and subscribed by the state government. The cabinet authorized the administrative secretary Science and Technology department to take necessary steps for creation and setting up of the Renewable Energy Corporation.
The cabinet also approved the enhancement of duty allowance of volunteer home guards from R 90 to R 300 per day. The proposed enhancement will benefit 4300 Home Guard.
According to the decision, the Volunteer Home Guards will be entitled to R 300 per day instead of R 90/- which will cover both the training period of two months and three months call up duty in a year.
The enhancement in remuneration/honorarium will be borne by the State Government and above the central share.
The cabinet also approved to make academic arrangement 2018-19 for 2154 posts of teachers referred to the Service Selection Board. The cabinet observed that pending selection against the referred posts, the school education department would make academic arrangement for the session 2018-19 in respect of all the vacancies for all districts except Jammu and Srinagar where there is saturation of staff. The move is to address the deficiency of teachers in Zone-III far flung areas and the concerns raised by the Legislators during the Budget Session 2018 about the shortage of teachers in schools particularly in far flung areas. The cabinet observed that the school education department require putting in place a fool proof mechanism in place to ensure that academic arrangement against these posts of teachers is made in a most transparent manner.
The cabinet also approved temporary engagement of 2200 Lecturers and 400 Teachers under up-gradation programme on academic arrangement basis for the academic Session 2018-19. The arrangement will be made at an enhanced honorarium of R 14000/- per month and at the rate of R 10500/- for third/hard zone and Plain areas in respect of Lecturers for ten months in Higher Secondary Schools and Rs.7500/- per month and R 4500/- per month for 3rd/ Hard Zone and Plain Areas respectively in respect of Teachers for 10 months in upgraded High Schools. The academic arrangement will subsist till regular selections are made. The approved re-engagement of Constable (Operators) as Wireless Assistants who were disengaged earlier owing to wrong advertisement.
According to the decision, they will be called as ‘Wireless Assistants’ and entitled to honorarium of R 25000 per month and entitled to regularization against commensurate positions after completing 10 years of continuous working and will be called designated wireless operators.
The posts of constable operators will be utilized for their regularization and in the event of their non-availability these positions shall be deemed to have been created. According to the decision, their past service in the Police Department will also be counted and will be allowed annual hike of 3% on higher consolidated remuneration, terminal benefits under NPS, leave and medical reimbursement. They will work under administrative control of PHQ and shall be considered a Belt Force and their service bio-data records will be maintained by PHQ as per the Police Rules. In the matter of work, conduct, discipline and appeal, they will be governed by Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Employees) Conduct Rules, 1979 and CCA Rules, 1956 while their career progression will be worked out separately. The state cabinet also approved establishment of State Knowledge Initiative Platform (SKIP). SKIP aims to implement the recommendations of the knowledge initiative group as to serve as for generating knowledge-based policies and a clearing house for new ideas and to serve as permanent think tank on all matters leading to education, knowledge and skills. The SKIP shall comprise a Governing Council headed by Chief Minister as Patron, Advisor to Chief Minister as Chairman, Minister for Education as Co-Chairman and all other Members of the working group for operationalization of knowledge initiate. Administrative Secretary, Higher Education Department shall be the ex-officio Secretary General of the Council. The SKIP shall carry out its activities through its Secretariat which shall comprise suitable personnel, initially drawn on deputation from the State Government/autonomous bodies/Universities.
Cabinet observed that the role of SKIP will be to advise the Government on implementation of recommendations of the knowledge initiative group, implementation of the vision documents, preparation and implementation of policies, guidelines and schemes with multiple objectives etc, evolve schemes and mechanism for promotion and preservation of classical, heritage and folk music and provide a forum for interaction among academia industry and service sectors. The cabinet also approved transfer of irrigation land for widening and four laning of Jammu-Akhnoor Road. 1310 Kanals of land belonging to 19 villages falling under the alignment of the Jammu-Akhnoor road belonging to the Irrigation Department have been transferred for widening/ four lanning purpose.