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J&K’s AC approved Integrated Solid Waste Management Project by NAFED at Kot Bhalwal

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On February 13, 2021, the Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) Administrative Council (AC) was met under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha. During the meeting the AC has approved the following proposals:

Approval to Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) project by NAFED:

During the meeting, the AC has approved the Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) project by National Agriculture Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) with an estimated outlay of the project is Rs. 74.41 crore and project timeline is 2 years.

  • In this regard, the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) will sign an agreement with NAFED to set up a 350 MT capacity ISWM plant along with an ancillary bio-CNG generating plant and bio-landfill at Kot Bhalwal, Jammu.
  • JMC will contribute Rs. 20 crore towards project execution, and will have a share in 50% profit on returns.
  • The aim of the project is to mitigate the issues related to the unscientific disposal of municipal solid waste in Jammu city.

Key Points:

–NAFED will establish a scientific system for waste segregation, processing, and disposal of effluents, emissions, and bio-degradable waste according to the norms of the J&K Pollution Control Board.

–NAFED will manage the entire solid waste of Jammu city through the proposed ISWM project for a period of 25 years.

–Once operational, the project will check the polluting effect of unscientific disposal of municipal solid waste in water bodies, canals, and landfills, and ensure its sustainable and scientific disposal.

–It will also generate non-conventional renewable energy in the form of Compressed Natural Gas.

AC approves proposal to register Mission Youth as Society

The AC also approved the proposal to register the Mission Youth as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 to maintain organizational and administrative structure for purposeful engagement of the youth.

  • Mission Youth envisions engaging 80% of J&K’s youth population over the next five years and transforming them into a propelling force for socio-economic development of Jammu & Kashmir.

About Mission:

–To enhance skill and employability of the youth, the Mission has partnered with reputed institutions/organizations of the country including BSE Institute, ICICI Foundation and Ashok Leyland.

–It will also roll-out skill development courses in various upcoming high employability sectors like banking, financial services, insurance, among others.

–Two Centres of Excellence in the Automobile sector, one each in Kashmir and Jammu will be set up.

J&K Sheep & Sheep Products Development Board disbanded

The AC also approved the proposal of the Animal, Sheep Husbandry & Fisheries Department to wind up the J&K Sheep & Sheep Products Development Board.

  • In this regard, AC has directed the Industries and Commerce Department to prepare a scheme tailored to the marketing needs of wool producers and provide Government support towards ensuring a remunerative price for woollen products.

Recent Related News:

i.Government of India promulgated an Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 by amending the J&K Reorganisation Act, 2019 to merge the Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) cadre of All India Services Officers like IAS, IPS & Indian Forest Service (IFoS) with the Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre.

ii.On January 6, 2021, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi has approved the Central Sector Scheme (CSS) namely “New Industrial Development Scheme for Jammu & Kashmir (J&K IDS, 2021)” for Industrial Development of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K). The information for the same was provided by Lieutenant Governor of J&K during a press conference in Jammu.

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