Editorial: Fostering Fiscal Responsibility and Development in Jammu & Kashmir

Revenue by departments in Jammu and Kashmir

The recent review meeting of the Budget 2023-24 by the Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor of Jammu & Kashmir sheds light on both achievements and areas necessitating further attention in the fiscal management of the Union Territory. The comprehensive analysis presented during the meeting reflects a concerted effort towards ensuring fiscal prudence and effective utilization of resources, while also emphasizing the imperative for sustained development and good governance.

One of the notable aspects highlighted in the review is the emphasis on revenue realization and expenditure control. The imposition of austerity measures to curb revenue expenditure demonstrates a commitment to financial discipline, which has in turn facilitated an expansion in capital expenditure. This balance between restraining current expenses while bolstering investments for future growth is fundamental for the economic well-being of the region.

Furthermore, the meeting underscores the importance of maximizing revenue generation avenues, particularly through user charges and fees. The breakdown of revenue streams from various departments illustrates the potential for enhancing income through calibrated user fees. Such measures not only contribute to financial sustainability but also ensure equitable cost recovery for services rendered.

Below is a table showcasing revenue by year for various departments:

DepartmentRevenue by 2018-19 (Rs in Lacs)Revenue by 2022-23 (Rs in Lacs)Revenue by 31.1.2024 (Rs in Lacs)
Revenue Registration91505556651260
Jal Shakti5533103444631
Estates Hospitality6501059633
School Edu147256209
Higher Edu151193185
Industry & Handi63131128
Skill Devt556824
Youth & Sports2959233
Culture & Archive232320

The commitment to harnessing funds from centrally sponsored schemes (CSS) is another significant aspect of the review. The substantial increase in CSS funding underscores the potential for leveraging central support to bolster developmental initiatives across various sectors. However, it is crucial for administrative authorities to streamline processes and expedite the utilization of allocated funds to optimize the benefits derived from these schemes.

The directives issued by the Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor provide a clear roadmap for enhancing fiscal performance and service delivery across different departments. From improving consumer base in essential sectors like Jal Shakti to ensuring prudent utilization of funds in healthcare and education, the instructions underscore a holistic approach towards governance and development.

Moreover, the emphasis on enhancing local procurement and incentivizing institutions to seek external funding reflects a forward-looking strategy to promote economic self-reliance and foster innovation in the region. By encouraging collaboration with central agencies and empowering local stakeholders, the administration aims to create a conducive environment for sustainable growth and prosperity.

It is also heartening to note the emphasis on accountability and transparency in financial management, as evidenced by the directive to expedite outstanding payments and address grievances promptly. Such measures not only instill confidence among stakeholders but also pave the way for efficient resource utilization and improved service delivery.

Rehbar-e-Khel Teachers salary hiked by 50%


In a pivotal decision aimed at uplifting the role of physical education in schools across Jammu and Kashmir, the Administrative Council, led by Lieutenant Governor Sh. Manoj Sinha, has granted approval for a substantial 50% salary raise for 2417 Rehbar-e-Khel (ReK) physical education teachers within the Youth Services and Sports Department.

This landmark decision, reached during a meeting attended by key officials including Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, Chief Secretary Atal Dulloo, and Principal Secretary to Lieutenant Governor Mandeep Kumar Bhandari, marks a significant step towards recognizing the dedication and contribution of these educators.

The move comes following thorough deliberation and recommendation by a High Powered Committee established under the Chief Secretary’s purview in 2021, advocating strongly for the much-needed increase in honorarium for Rehbar-e-Khel teachers.

With this enhanced honorarium, the J&K administration aims not only to acknowledge the invaluable role played by physical education teachers but also to empower and incentivize them further in their efforts towards the promotion and proliferation of sports activities within schools across the Union Territory.

By investing in the professional growth and well-being of these educators, the administration underscores its unwavering commitment to fostering a culture of sports excellence and holistic education, thereby laying the foundation for a healthier and more active youth population in Jammu and Kashmir.

JK Govt Restores Waiting List for all Kind of Recruitments

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Administrative Council Reverses Decision, Restores Wait List Provisions for Government Recruitment

In a significant move aimed at streamlining the recruitment process and ensuring timely filling of vacancies, the Administrative Council, chaired by LG Manoj Sinha, convened on the 19th of February, 2024, to reconsider its earlier decision dated 07-09-2023. The council has approved the restoration of enabling provisions for drawing up wait lists in recruitment to public services in the Government of Jammu and Kashmir.

The decision entails the withdrawal of amendments previously made to various recruitment rules, including the J&K Civil Services Decentralization and Recruitment Rules, 2010, the Appointment of Class-IV (Special Recruitment) Rules, 2020, the J&K Combined Competitive Examination Rules, 2018, and business regulations of JKPSC/JKSSB, among others. This rollback, initiated through S.O 496, S.O. 497, and S.O. 498 of 2023, extends across all departments and services ab-initio.

Moreover, the council has granted a one-time exemption to recruiting agencies, allowing them to draw up wait lists within six months for select lists issued since the previous decision. However, this exemption is contingent upon the condition that such wait lists are compiled within the validity period of the select list and that resultant vacancies due to non-joining of selected candidates have not been re-advertised.

This decision is poised to facilitate the prompt filling of vacancies, thereby averting delays in re-referral of positions, reducing the time consumed in subsequent selections, and affording candidates the opportunity to secure employment before reaching the upper-age limit.

The move underscores the government’s commitment to enhancing efficiency and transparency in the recruitment process, ultimately benefiting both aspiring candidates and the administration alike.

Govt Orders Transfers of ARTOs in Jammu and Kashmir


In accordance with Government Order No. S62-JK(GAD) of 2024 dated 31-01-2024 and Government Order No. 594 JK(GAD) of 2024 dated 12-02-2024, the services of four Junior Scale JKAS Officers have been placed at the disposal of the Transport Department. As a result, and in the interest of administration, several transfers and postings of Assistant Regional Transport Officers (ARTOs) and In-charge ARTOs (I/c ARTOs) have been announced with immediate effect.

Here are the details of the transfers and postings:

  1. Samrinder Singh, Jr. Scale JKAS, previously ARTO in Ramban, is now transferred to Jammu.
  2. Sheetal Sharma, Jr. Scale JKAS, formerly ARTO in Bandipora, is awaiting further orders.
  3. Bilal Ahmad Mir and Punika Pandita, Jr. Scale JKAS officers, are also awaiting further orders.
  4. Samotra Mudassir is transferred from ARTO in Kupwara to the Flying Squad in Jammu.
  5. Showkat Ahmad moves from ARTO in Srinagar to ARTO in Kupwara.
  6. Anis Ahmed Wani shifts from ARTO in Budgam to ARTO in Srinagar.
  7. Mehnaz Chisti is transferred from ARTO in Kathua to ARTO in Anantnag.
  8. Ramesh Iqbal moves from ARTO in Samba to I/c ARTO in Reasi.
  9. Sheikh Ahmad is transferred from I/c ARTO in Udhampur to I/c ARTO in Kathua.
  10. Neeraj Sharma is awaiting orders for adjustment.
  11. Kumar Bhat is also awaiting orders for adjustment.
  12. Jugal Kishore Sharma is transferred from I/c ARTO in Shopian to look after ARTO in Reasi.
  13. Shammi Kumar is transferred from I/c ARTO in Srinagar to look after ARTO in Samba.
  14. Manzoor Jan Bhat is now I/c ARTO, presently attached to the Office of Divisional Transport Commissioner, Kashmir.

All officers are deemed to have been relieved from their previous postings with immediate effect. The orders, issued by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir, aim to optimize the functioning of the Transport Department and ensure efficient administration across different regions of the state.

Jammu District Tops in Recorded Accidents for 2023 in Jammu and Kashmir, Reports JK Traffic Department

Recorded Accidents for 2023 in Jammu and Kashmir

According to recent data released by the Jammu and Kashmir Traffic Department, Jammu District has emerged with the highest number of recorded accidents in 2023 within the region. The statistics reveal a concerning trend, with a total of 1179 accidents reported throughout the year.

Of these accidents, 150 were classified as fatal, while 1029 were deemed non-fatal, painting a grim picture of road safety within the district. The figures further detail the human toll, with 171 individuals losing their lives in these accidents, and 1405 sustaining injuries.

The data underscores the urgent need for enhanced safety measures and stricter enforcement of traffic regulations in Jammu District. Authorities are urged to prioritize initiatives aimed at reducing road accidents and ensuring the safety of commuters and pedestrians alike.

The alarming statistics serve as a stark reminder of the importance of promoting responsible driving practices and fostering a culture of road safety awareness within the community. Efforts to address the underlying causes of accidents, such as speeding, reckless driving, and inadequate infrastructure, are imperative to prevent further loss of lives on the roads of Jammu and Kashmir.

As stakeholders analyze the data to devise comprehensive strategies, it remains crucial for both authorities and residents to collaborate actively in fostering a safer environment for all road users in the region.

JK Traffic Advisory for 19-02-2024: Travel Plans and Precautions

JK Traffic Advisory

In light of the prevailing conditions, authorities have issued a comprehensive traffic plan and advisory for February 19, 2024, ensuring safe travel across various routes. Here are the key points:

Jammu-Srinagar National Highway (NH-44):

  • Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs), Passenger/Private Cars, Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMVs), and Load Carriers will be permitted from both directions along the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway (NH-44), i.e., Jammu to Srinagar and vice versa.
  • Commuters are urged to maintain lane discipline for smooth traffic flow.

Security Forces Convoy Movement:

  • Security Forces vehicles will also be allowed to move in both directions on the Jammu-Srinagar NHW (NH-44) provided the weather and road conditions remain favorable.
  • Prior to embarking on the journey, individuals are advised to contact the Traffic Control Unit (TCU) in Ramban for updated information.

Road Closures:

  • Srinagar-Sonamarg-Gumari Road remains closed due to heavy snow accumulation.
  • Mughal Road and Bhaderwah-Chamba road are also blocked due to snow.
  • Similarly, the Kishtwar-Sinthan-Anantnag road is inaccessible owing to snow accumulation.

Advisory for Travelers:

  • It is strongly recommended for travelers to verify the road status from the respective Traffic Control Units before commencing their journey. The contact details for these units are provided below:
  • Jammu: 0191-2459048, 0191-2740550, 9419147732, 103
  • Srinagar: 0194-2450022, 2485396, 18001807091, 103
  • Ramban: 9419993745, 1800-180-7043
  • Udhampur: 8491928625
  • PCR Kishtwar: 9906154100 (for Sinthan Road status)

By adhering to these guidelines and staying informed, travelers can ensure a safer and more efficient journey amidst the current conditions. Stay tuned for further updates and exercise caution while traveling.

EXPOSED: Shocking Reasons Behind Delay in IDTR Jammu Project Revealed! Click to Uncover the Truth Now!

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In response to mounting concerns over the delay in the completion of the “Institute for Driving, Training and Research (IDTR Jammu)” project, the Government of Jammu and Kashmir has taken decisive action. Government Order No. 03-JK(TR) of 2024, dated February 13, 2024, has been issued to address the matter.

According to the order, Shri Imtiyaz Ahmad Wani, Director Finance, Transport Department, J&K, has been appointed as the “Inquiry Officer” to conduct a thorough investigation into the reasons behind the delay in completing the project. The investigation will focus on several key points outlined in the order:

  1. The approval and sanctioning process of the project by the Government of India’s Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.
  2. The disbursement of funds totaling Rs. 1014.90 lakhs by the Ministry of Roads and Highways (MORTH), GoI, during the financial year 2019-20.
  3. The current status of the project’s physical progress, which is reported to be significantly below expectations, resulting in cost and time overruns.

The Inquiry Officer is tasked with submitting a comprehensive report detailing the causes of the delay and providing specific recommendations to address the issues identified. The report is expected to be submitted to the Administrative Department within one month from the issuance of the Government Order.

To facilitate the inquiry process, S. Chand Singh, JKAS, Deputy Secretary to the Government, Transport Department, has been directed to assist the Inquiry Officer within the stipulated time frame.

This move underscores the government’s commitment to ensuring accountability and timely completion of crucial infrastructure projects, emphasizing the importance of efficient utilization of public funds and resources.

Holiday Declared in Jammu and Kashmir to Mark Shri Ram Lalla Pran Pratishtha at Ayodhya

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Date: January 21, 2024 – In a significant move, the Government of Jammu and Kashmir has declared a half-day public holiday on January 22, 2024. This decision comes in connection with the Pran Pratishtha ceremony of Shri Ram Lalla at Ayodhya, as per the directive in Reference F. No.12/7/2023-JCA dated January 18, 2024, issued by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions (Department of Personnel & Training), Government of India.

The official order, Government Order No.203-JK (GAD) of 2024, issued today, cites continuity with Government Order No.1582-JK(GAD) of 2023 dated December 11, 2023, and Government Order No.1583-JK(GAD) of 2023 dated December 11, 2023. The public holiday will be observed till 2:30 p.m. on January 22, 2024, in the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

This move aims to facilitate the participation of the public in celebrations and observances related to the Pran Pratishtha ceremony of Shri Ram Lalla at Ayodhya, a momentous occasion for millions of people across the country.

Citizens are encouraged to take note of this half-day public holiday and plan their activities accordingly, considering the restrictions in place until 2:30 p.m. on the specified date. The government urges everyone to join in the festive spirit and celebrate this auspicious occasion with joy and harmony.

By Order of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir.

Jammu and Kashmir Government Launches Fifth Phase of Back to Village Programme (B2V5)

LG Manoj Sinha

In a bold and progressive move aimed at strengthening grassroots democracy and fostering rural development, the Government of Jammu and Kashmir has officially launched the “Fifth Phase of Back to Village Programme (B2V5).” This transformative initiative, under the auspices of the General Administration Department, is set to bring about significant positive change in the Union territory’s rural landscape.

A dedicated committee comprising key officials from various government departments has been constituted to oversee the successful execution of the B2V5 programme. The committee, led by Principal Secretary to the Government, Finance Department, will work collectively to finalize the programme schedule, design engaging content, and determine the activities to be undertaken during the programme.

One of the primary goals of the B2V5 Programme is to collect precise information at the Panchayat level. This data will prove invaluable in tailoring development initiatives to meet the specific needs of individual regions. The committee will also coordinate the allocation of officers to Panchayats, ensuring a seamless flow of administrative support during the programme.

The Department of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj will provide essential services to the committee, ensuring the smooth functioning of the B2V5 Programme. This collaborative effort reflects the government’s unwavering commitment to empowering rural communities, bridging the urban-rural divide, and creating a more prosperous future for all residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

This initiative follows the successful implementation of previous phases of the Back to Village Programme, which have garnered widespread acclaim for their positive impact on rural development and community engagement. With the launch of the B2V5 Programme, the government aims to build on these successes and further strengthen the foundations of rural development in the region.

As the B2V5 Programme kicks into high gear, the government calls upon all stakeholders, including local communities, government officials, and non-governmental organizations, to actively participate and contribute to the success of this transformative initiative. Together, we can build a stronger, more vibrant Jammu and Kashmir, where every village thrives and every citizen prospers.

Iram Habib, 1st woman Pilot from Srinagar flying Aircraft of GoAir and IndiGo

Iram Habib

SRINAGAR: Iram Habib (32), a resident of downtown Srinagar city, is the first and youngest woman from Srinagar to fly an aircraft.

After completing her flying training from the US in 2016, Iram is now flying the aircraft of GoAir and IndiGo.

According to a report published by The Tribune, Iram pursued her bachelor’s in forestry from Dehradun and post-graduation in forestry from the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Kashmir.

Iram’s family wanted her to pursue a Ph.D. in forestry and get a government job, but she did not abandon dreaming to become a pilot.

“I pursued Ph.D. for one and a half years but left it and went to a US flight school,” she says.

“I looked for things on my own and kept my dream alive,” the report quoted her as saying.

In 2016, Iram after completing her training from Miami in the US and return to India to get a commercial pilot license, but the journey is not easy.

Iram had 260 hours of flying experience from the US and got a commercial pilot license in the US and Canada on the basis of her flying hours, the report said.

Iram Habib: support by family

According to the report Iram gests support by her father to pursue her dream, her relatives and friends would always tell her that a girl from Kashmir would never get a job as a pilot.

Iram says that it is difficult for her relatives even now to believe that she flies an aircraft.“They still can’t believe I chose this profession and got a job too,” Iram says,

adding she had also trained in Bahrain and Dubai in Airbus 320, the report mentioned.“During my training and exams, everyone would be surprised to see a woman from Kashmir as a pilot, but there was no discrimination.

I worked hard and got a job offer from Indigo and GoAir. I am flying as a first officer in Indigo,” says Iram.

It took her six years to convince her parents to allow her to pursue her dream and to find a new lease of life at a flying school in Miami, US.

Her parents are understandably apprehensive about allowing their daughter to join the aviation sector as they thought commercial flying wasn’t meant for women living in conflict-torn Kashmir, but looking at her passion, they gave up.