LG for solarizing all Govt buildings under NHPC domain


SRINAGAR: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Tuesday impressed upon NHPC to solarize all Government buildings within their mandate and instructed the Science & Technology Department to collaborate with NHPC and identify buildings for solarization.
Chairing a review meeting of the Science and Technology Department, the Lieutenant Governor further directed the officials to explore the installation of solar panels along canals, riverbanks, and other water bodies, besides proper maintenance and timely replacement of street lights.
The Lt Governor discussed important matters related to the functioning of Jammu Kashmir Energy Development Agency (JAKEDA) and Jammu Kashmir Science Technology & Innovation Council (JKST&IC).
He took stock of the key solar power projects and schemes including Rooftop Solarization of Government and Residential buildings, Solar Power Plants installed under Smart City Project and Floating Solar Power Plants.
The meeting also discussed various other issues related to development of solar energy, Sub Regional Science Centre-Srinagar, Industrial Bio-Technology Park and IEC Activities under the Science and Technology field.
The meeting was attended by Atal Dulloo, Chief Secretary; Santosh D Vaidya, Principal Secretary, Finance Department; Dr. Mandeep Kumar Bhandari, Principal Secretary to the Lt Governor; Saurabh Bhagat, Commissioner/Secretary, Science & Technology Department and senior officers of NHPC, Central and UT Government.

Sinha reviews functioning of Cooperative Department

SRINAGAR: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Tuesday chaired a meeting to review the functioning of the Cooperative Department.
The Lt Governor took appraisal of the interventions and Schemes in Cooperative Sector including the progress achieved in establishing Primary Agricultural Credit Societies (PACS). He reviewed the functioning of Cooperative Banks, Cooperative Training & Educational Institutions, Societies and Cooperative Super Bazars.
The Lt Governor appraised measures taken for modernization and upgradation of existing Super Bazars, with a focus on devising a comprehensive roadmap to strengthen these essential retail hubs.
He called for exploring avenues for enhancing the infrastructure, services, and market reach of Super Bazars to better serve the consumers and promote economic growth. He said the dedication, determination, faith and collective efforts of cooperatives will pave the way to prosperity.
The meeting also reviewed the functioning of Common Service Centers (CSCs). The Lt Governor directed for ensuring CSCs compliance with regulatory standards.
He emphasized the importance of enhancing transparency and accountability in the delivery of services through CSCs, reaffirming the administration’s commitment to citizen-centric governance.
He directed the officials to take effective steps to address the issues pertaining to pesticide distribution and underlined the need for stringent quality control measures to safeguard farmers’ interests.
Collaborative efforts between the government, cooperatives, and other stakeholders are must to streamline processes, enhance service delivery, and promote inclusive growth in the cooperative sector, the Lt Governor said.
Atal Dulloo, Chief Secretary; Santosh D Vaidya, Principal Secretary, Finance Department; B. Sridhar, CGM NABARD; Dr Mandeep Kumar Bhandari, Principal Secretary to Lt Governor; Bidhuri, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Babila Rakwal, Secretary to Government, Cooperative Department, representatives of RBI and other senior officials attended the meeting.

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