Public welfare

J&K Board Approves Major Public Welfare Decisions

J&K Board Approves Major Public Welfare Decisions

Jammu, Feb 25 (UNI) The Administrative Council of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday approved major public welfare decisions here. The Administrative Council which met here under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, has given administrative approval for the construction works of the Women’s Battalions at Sopore, Baramulla and Pargalta, Jammu. Farooq Khan and Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisors to the Lieutenant Governor, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, J&K and Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor attended the meeting. The construction works will be carried out at an estimated cost of Rs. 50 crore each and will include administrative blocks, residential accommodation and hostels, as well as office buildings, among others. The work will be completed in three working seasons. Earlier, to stem the increase in crime against women, the government lifted two battalions of women by sanctioning 2014 positions for the recruitment of female officers and civil servants at various ranks. Recruitment for these positions is currently underway. The Board of Directors also approved the rebate of fifty percent (50%) stamp duty for all first time buyers of property in the housing sector for a period of two years. The decision is aimed at giving a boost to the real estate sector in Jammu and Kashmir and motivating new buyers to participate in the market. It should also boost the sale and registration of properties by making buying a property attractive and affordable. The Board of Directors also asked the Department of Housing and Urban Planning to work out the terms and conditions for the smooth implementation of the decision as soon as possible. Previously, in line with its commitment to attract investment, promote technology infusion and create employment opportunities in the real estate sector, the government hosted the first-ever Real Estate Summit at J&K, where several developers of residential, commercial, commercial spaces, the film and entertainment industry, tourism and hospitality, logistics and warehousing, and financing institutions, participated and shared their wisdom for the vision collective growth of the sector in Jammu and Kashmir. However, to promote female entrepreneurs in Jammu and Kashmir, the Administrative Council has also declared Seen Industrial Zone, Thakran, Udhampur as a female industrial zone. In a first-of-its-kind decision, the Board declared Seen Industrial Zone, Thakran, Udhampur as reserved for women entrepreneurs and women-led industries. The decision will benefit women entrepreneurs and industrialists, as any commercial enterprise holding at least 51% of the equity held by a woman entrepreneur will be eligible to apply for an allotment in a reserved industrial zone. In addition, under J&K’s new Industrial Land Allocation Policy, eligible women entrepreneurs will be allocated suitable plots of land through a transparent one-stop mechanism within a limited time frame. UNI VBH SY 1549