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SAC approves package for 624 MW Kiru HEP with state-centric improvements
Gives nod to J&K's drug-de-addiction policy
1/4/2019 10:57:55 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Jan 4: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here today under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to a set of exemptions for making the 624 MW Kiru Hydro Electric Project (HEP) commercially viable.
The Kiru 624 MW HEP is a run of the river scheme on river Chenab located in District Kishtwar. It is one of the most important HEP being implemented through M/S CVPPL, a Joint Venture Company formed between NHPC (49%), JKSPDC (49%) and PTC (2%).
To make the project commercially viable, proposal for granting various exemptions to the project was thoroughly examined by the various departments. After extensive deliberations, it was decided that instead of exemption of 12% free power for first 10 years of the COD of the project as was done in case of PaklDul HEP, free power will be exempted in a decremental manner for the first five years of commercial operation of the project and will restore to 12% from 6th year onwards. Thus, free power will be exempted at 10% in the first year, 8 % in the second year, 6% in the third year, 4% in the fourth year and 2% in the fifth year of commercial operation of the project.
The 12% free power will restore from the sixth year onwards of the commercial operation of the project.
Pertinently, in case of 1000MW Pakal Dul Hydropower Project approved by the then Government in 2017, the state will get 12 percent free power and water usage chargesonly after 10 years of commissioning of the project while in case of Kiru HEP, 12% free power will be restored to J&K in the 6th year only in a decremental order starting from the first year of operation.
The total project cost works out at Rs 3985.10 crore and equity requirements from the Government of J&K shall be Rs 585.80 crore for the project. The cost of the project will include subordinate debt of Rs 1500 crore from Government of India.
The State will earn revenue of about Rs 4153.57 crore (in absolute terms), on account of incremental free power for first five years and 12% from 6th year onwards and Rs 4800.78 crore on account of water usage charges, aggregating to Rs 8954.35 crore for the remaining life of 25 years of the project.
In addition, there shall be LADF@1% of power generated and CSR @2% of the average net profit for preceding three years which is equivalent to Rs 499.81 Crore for the life of the project. Tariff of the project shall be approximately Rs 3.38/unit (first year) and Rs 3.91/ unit levelized.
Approves first ever wide-ranging Drug-Deaddiction Policy for J&K
The State Administrative Council (SAC) accorded sanction to the first ever Drug De-addiction Policy to provide for a comprehensive mechanism to address the menace of drug addiction in Jammu and Kashmir.
The issue of functioning of various De-addiction facilities and provision of good health conditions to the inmates, establishment of rehabilitation centres, Drug De-addiction Centres and providing a comprehensive mechanism to address this malady has been a subject matter of PIL No. 317/05 in the case titled Javid Iqbal V/s State of J&K and others.
The Court had directed the State Government to draft the Drug De-addiction Policy and provide a more comprehensive mechanism to address the menace of drug addiction. Consequent to this a series of meetings were chaired by the Chief Secretary and slew of directions were issued to Health & Medical Education (H&ME) Department including the release of Rs 50,000 each to GMC, Jammu and Srinagar to facilitate an empirical study on the extent of Drug Addiction and De-addiction challenges. The H&ME Department was also asked to appoint Nodal Officers to integrate/monitor the activities regarding Drug De-addiction across the various Departments in the State.
Enhances income ceiling from Rs 4.5 Lakh to Rs 8 Lakh
The State Administrative Council (SAC) approved enhancement in the income ceiling from Rs 4.50 lakh to Rs 8 lakh in respect of Socially and Educationally Backward Classes for availing reservation benefits as per provisions of the Jammu & Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004.
As per provisions of the Act, reservation in employment and admissions in professional institutions, among others is provided to the persons belonging to Socially and Educationally Backward Classes categorized as Weak and Underprivileged Classes (Social Castes), Residents of Areas adjoining Actual Line of Control and Residents of Backward Areas. However, there is an income bar/ceiling for availing this reservation. The objective of prescribing the income ceiling in the Act is to prevent such persons, as have crossed or shall cross the threshold level of backwardness commonly known as 'Creamy Layer' from availing benefits of reservation under the categories of Socially and Educationally Backward Classes. The ceiling income which existed at Rs 3 lakh earlier was raised to Rs 4 lakh in September, 2012.
Approves creation of 675 posts of nursing staff for 5 new medical colleges
The State Administrative Council (SAC) accorded sanction to the creation of 675 posts of nursing staff for the newly created Government Medical Colleges at Anantnag, Baramulla, Doda, Kathua& Rajouri.
As per the Medical Council of India (MCI) norms, nursing staff strength of 175 posts is required during first year of establishment of a new Medical College.
However, the existing strength of nursing staff in the District Hospitals, deployed in new medical colleges to serve as Associated Hospital of the Medical Colleges are not sufficient to meet the MCI requirement. Accordingly, a need to create 675 posts of nursing staff has been felt to fulfill the MCI requirement.
Once the requirements of MCI are fulfilled, the Health and Medical Education Department shall approach the MCI for final inspection of these five new medical colleges and issuance of Letter of Permission (LoP) to start the 1st batch of MBBS course in these medical colleges.
Approves Rs 186 cr project for rejuvenation of River Devika, Tawi
The State Administrative Council (SAC) approved the proposal of the Housing & Urban Development Department for Implementation of the project namely "Pollution Abatement of River Devika and River Tawi at Udhampur Town " under the National River Conservation Plan (NRCP).
The project will be executed at an estimated cost of Rs. 186.74 Crore based on 90:10 funding pattern between the Government of India and the State. Both the rivers are considered sacred by the people; however, pollution levels and silt deposition over the years have increased.
The project inter-alia includes construction of 3 Sewage Treatment Plants of 8 MLD, 4 MLD and 1.6 MLD capacity, complete Sewerage Network of 129.27 Km, development of 2 Cremation Ghats on North and South side, development of 2 Veding Ghats, protection fencing and landscaping, small scale Hydro Power Plants and 3 Solar Power Plants.
The Urban Environmental Engineering Department would be the main authority for project implementation, operation and maintenance of the project.
The SAC also directed the Housing and Urban Development Department to devise ways and means of restoring the water flow in the river Devika to an optimum level so that the river can perform its natural functions.
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