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Implement Power Amnesty Scheme strictly, disconnect supply to consumers with pending bills: DC Bla to officers

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The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Baramulla, Dr Syed Sehrish Asgar today chaired a meeting of concerned officers at her office chamber here to review the Power Sector in the district.

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At the outset, the officers apprised DC about the power scenario in the district and gave detailed account of the physical and financial progress achieved under different schemes to augment power availability and distribution across the district.

After reviewing the progress, the DC directed the concerned officers to adopt various strategies to ensure fair and smooth supply of power across Baramulla.

While considering that power supply has been enhanced significantly in the district, Dr Sehrish said that a reasonable and fair curtailment schedule has to be properly framed and strictly adhered to.  She further directed for maintenance of Buffer stock of damaged Transformers, transformer oil and poles besides keeping availability of Horticulture and Agriculture vehicles for transportation of DTs/Poles.

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Dr Sehrish directed for implementing the power Amnesty scheme strictly in the district to achieve the set target within the shortest span of time. She called for disconnection of consumers with pending bills.

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She further stressed for the constitution of teams of Revenue, KPDCL, CAPD and Police on seizure of crude electric appliances from markets and action against theft of power.

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She underlined the involvement of the PRIs and community members in stopping misuse of electricity and discouraging use of crude gadgets like heaters besides in recovery of pending and overdue electricity bills.

The DC also appealed to the public to make judicious use of power and desist from illegal use of it.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, Zahoor Ahmad Raina, SE-PDD, Executive Engineers KPDCL, besides other functionaries of concerned departments were present in the meeting,  while as Additional Deputy Commissioner Sopore,  Parvaiz Sajad,  SDM Uri, Pattan and Gulmarg attended the meeting through video conferencing.

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No transparency in ongoing anti-encroachment drive: KCC&I

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Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCC&I) on Thursday said that there is no transparency in the ongoing anti-encroachment drive launched by the government.

Also Read: P K Pole is new JK Chief Electoral Officer

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Addressing a news conference, Sheikh Ashiq, president of KCC&I, as per the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), said that there is a need to set accountability in the ongoing anti-encroachment drive and that a formal order should be issued in this regard so that the people are aware about it completely.

“We have talked to the higher ups today after the shops were sealed at Aftab Market yesterday and we have been assured that no such measure involving the livelihood of people will be taken,” he said.

He said that they are not here to shield the land mafia and those who have grabbed the land, but the livelihood should not get affected and thus a formal order in this regard is imperative to end the chaos.

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“We have urged the government to come clear in this regard. We have been assured that the chaos will end soon,” he said.

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P K Pole is new JK Chief Electoral Officer

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The Election Commission of India has approved the appointment of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir P.K Pole as Chief Electoral Officer of Jammu and Kashmir.

Also Read: Shops that were sealed at Aftab Market in Srinagar reopened

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In a notification issued by Secretariat of the Election Commission of India, a copy of which lies with Asian News Hub (ANH) reads, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 13A of the Representation of the People Act, 1950 (43 of 1950), the Election Commission of India in consultation with the Government of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir hereby designates Pandurang
Kondbarao Pole, IAS (AGMUT:2004) as the Chief Electoral Officer for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir with effect from the date he takes over charge and until further orders in place of Hirdesh Kumar, IAS.

Pandurang Kondbarao Pole shall cease to hold and hand over the charge of all or any charges of work under the Government of Jammu and Kashmir, which he may be holding before such assumption of office.

Pandurang Kondbarao Pole while functioning as the Chief Electoral Officer, Jammu and Kashmir shall not hold any additional charge whatsoever under the Government of Jammu and Kashmir except that he should be designated Secretary to the Government in charge of Election Department in the State Secretariat, reads the notification.

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Shops that were sealed at Aftab Market in Srinagar reopened

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All shops that were sealed in Aftab Market in Srinagar yesterday were reopened on Thursday.

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An official told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the shops were unsealed as the administration is concerned about the livelihood of the shopkeepers.

He said as the shops have been unsealed, rest of the process will follow.

Meanwhile, Kashmir Traders Alliance (KTA) president, Aijaz Shehaldar told KNO that he along with Lal Chowk Traders Association General Secretary Sheeraz Ahmad met Tehsildar South over sealing of 25 shops at Aftab Market.

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He said they were assured that the shops will be unsealed today.

Notably, 25 shops were sealed yesterday at Aftab Market after a complainant claimed that the land was illegally occupied where these shops were raised.

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