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Govt shelves report on
loss-making PSUs
Jammu, December 20
The Mufti government has apparently shelved the report of a committee that had recommended the privatisation of those public sector undertakings (PSUs), which were running losses and funds were being diverted to those for payment of salaries to employees.

Protest against power tariff hike
Jammu, December 20
Hundred of men, women and children formed a human chain around the Secretariat here today to protest against the steep hike in power tariff by the state government.

BJP activists form a human chain round the Secretariat in Jammu on Saturday to protest against the power tariff hike in Jammu and Kashmir. BJP activists form a human chain round the Secretariat in Jammu on Saturday to protest against the power tariff hike in Jammu and Kashmir. — Photo by N.R. Sharma



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Mufti Mohammad SayeedMufti unveils plan for Pandits
Jammu, December 20
The Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, today said the return of the Kashmiri migrants to the valley was part of the peace process which would be a turning point in restoring normalcy in the state.

LeT commander shot dead
Jammu, December 20
The security forces shot dead an area commander of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) in the Thanamandi area of Rajouri today. According to police sources, acting on specific information that some militants were hiding in the Thanamandi area, the security forces launched search operations to flush them out.

Disability certificate
Jammu, December 20
The Jammu and Kashmir Government has ordered that disability certificates will be issued by a medical board appointed by the Health Department.

Punjab page:
Punjab poultry faces crisis
J&K may hike levy by 100 per cent

Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, December 20
A boom in demand for chicken and meat products notwithstanding, Punjab poultry farmers are facing a major crisis as the Jammu and Kashmir Government proposes to hike the recently levied toll on poultry and meat products by more than 100 per cent.

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Govt shelves report on loss-making PSUs
S. P. Sharma
Tribune News Service

Jammu, December 20
The Mufti government has apparently shelved the report of a committee that had recommended the privatisation of those public sector undertakings (PSUs), which were running losses and funds were being diverted to those for payment of salaries to employees.

According to a report of the 18 PSUs in Jammu and Kashmir, 13 are running losses. Their accumulated loss during the last two years was Rs 293.18 crore.

The committee, appointed during the National Conference regime, has ruled out the possibility of these PSUs coming out of the red even if more money is pumped in. These PSUs have a large workforce of 22,644 employees.

The five PSUs which earned some profit in the last two years are J&K Cements (Rs 4.53 crore), J&K Power Development Corporation (Rs 53.78 crore), J&K Tourism Development Corporation (Rs 41.48 lakh), J&K Projects Construction Corporation (Rs 2.29 crore) and J&K Cable Car Corporation (Rs 28.19 lakh). J&K Minerals continues to be on top in the list of loss-making PSUs by incurring a loss of Rs 158.73 crore in the last two years. J&K Forest Corporation, which has 4,127 employees, was incurring a loss of Rs 9.86 crore. J&K State Road Transport Corporation, with a staff strength of 5,041, has shown a loss of Rs 92.47 lakh and J&K Industries, with 2,545 employees, has incurred a loss of Rs 54.14 crore.

J&K Handloom Development Corporation has shown a loss of Rs 1.35 crore although it has been doing good business in woollens and has been trading in stitched coats, which have found a good market. While the state government claims to be a trendsetter in the fruit market, J&K HPMC and J&K Agro Industries are also in the red. While the HPMC incurred a loss of Rs 6.20 crore, Agro Industries was down by Rs 4.35 crore.

The financial position of the PSUs engaged in the development of industry is bad. J&K Small Industries Development Corporation has incurred a loss of Rs 11.39 crore, SICOP Rs 2.76 crore and the J&K Handicrafts (Sales and Export) Corporation Rs 9.23 crore.

J&K State Financial Corporation has suffered a loss of Rs 18.14 lakh and J&K Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe and Backward Classes Development Corporation has suffered a jolt of Rs 1.86 crore in the last two years.
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Protest against power tariff hike
Tribune News Service

Jammu, December 20
Hundred of men, women and children formed a human chain around the Secretariat here today to protest against the steep hike in power tariff by the state government.

The protest was organised by the BJP unit of Jammu district. The protesters raised slogans against Chief Minister, Mufti Mohd Sayeed and the constituents of the coalition government, including the Congress and the Panthers Party.

They accused the Congress and the Panthers Party of having joined hands with the “militant-friendly” PDP which had burdened the common man with the backdoor hike in power tariff.

The human chain was formed from the Rajinder Singh Chowk behind the Secretariat. The protesters spread towards Parade Ground from a lane as the police did not allow them to proceed towards the front gates of the Secretariat, sealed by a strong contingent of the police.

The state BJP chief, Dr Nirmal Singh, and Mr Jugal Kishore, MLA, were among those who addressed a rally that was held at Rajinder Singh Chowk.

They alleged that the government was misleading the people on the issue of the tariff hike. While Power Minister Mohammad Sharief Niaz had claimed that the tariff continued to be Rs 1.30 per unit, the energy load on the basis of which the tariff was being charged from each house had been increased at least four times. This had put an additional financial burden on the common man, they added.

The BJP leaders alleged that the coalition government was handing out doles to the terrorists who had killed innocent persons, but the common man was being made to pay the increased power tariff through their nose.

They said instructions had been issued by the government to various departments not to issue ration cards, state subject certificates, backward class certificates and other such documents to applicants unless they attached a certificate of the Electricity Department that the arrears had been cleared. The common man was suffering because of such actions of the Mufti government, they added.
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Mufti unveils plan for Pandits
Tribune News Service

Jammu, December 20
The Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, today said the return of the Kashmiri migrants to the valley was part of the peace process which would be a turning point in restoring normalcy in the state.

The Mufti, who was speaking at a function in connection with the second death anniversary of Manohar Lal Koul, said the migration of Kashmiri Pandits from the valley was an unfortunate development.

He said a comprehensive project had been prepared for the rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants in composite clusters in the valley. A township was being constructed at Budgam, but to begin with, smaller clusters had been planned in other places in the valley.

He said in the first instance, some migrant doctors and engineers were being posted back at Srinagar and Budgam, where they would be provided security. The Chief Minister said efforts would be made to provide jobs to the Kashmiri Pandit youth on their return to the valley.
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LeT commander shot dead

Jammu, December 20
The security forces shot dead an area commander of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) in the Thanamandi area of Rajouri today.

According to police sources, acting on specific information that some militants were hiding in the Thanamandi area, the security forces launched search operations to flush them out. As soon as the jawans reached the spot, the militants opened fire on them.

In the gunbattle, which lasted a few hours, an area commander of the LeT, Abu Salim, was shot dead by the security forces. The recoveries made from the slain terrorist included an AK rifle, two AK magazines and a wireless set.

SRINAGAR: Two militants were killed by the security forces in Anantnag district of south Kashmir on Saturday, official sources told PTI.

Acting on information about the possible movement of terrorists, personnel of 49 Rashtriya Rifles ambushed them at Magam-Sonabrari in the Kokernag area in the wee hours, the sources said.

The security personnel noticed two militants, who were asked to surrender. However, the militants opened fire in a bid to escape but were killed in retaliatory fire.

An AK assault rifle and two magazines were recovered from the slain militants. — PTI
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Disability certificate
Tribune News Service

Jammu, December 20
The Jammu and Kashmir Government has ordered that disability certificates will be issued by a medical board appointed by the Health Department.

A notification here yesterday ordered that the board after examination should issue a permanent disability certificate on a prescribed form where no change of variation in the degree of disability was possible.

An appellate medical board consisting of the Dean of the government medical college with two specialists not below the rank of associate professor in the medical college shall also be set up.
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Hearing of complaints
Tribune News Service

Jammu, December 20
Mr Justice A.M. Mir will hear complaints regarding human rights violation here on December 29. These were scheduled to be heard from December 22 to December 26.
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