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AC approves transfer of land for various public purposes

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SRINAGAR: The Administrative Council (AC) which met here under the chairmanship of the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, Monday approved the proposal of Revenue Department to transfer various parcels of land for public purposes.
The Administrative Council approved the transfer of land measuring land measuring 138 Kanal 11 Marla in favour of Higher Education Department for construction of new Government Degree Colleges in District Budgam and Shopian. The land will be transferred free of cost to the Higher Education Department.
The decision aims at strengthening the higher education eco-system in Jammu and Kashmir by providing easy access to quality higher education in both the districts. Operationalization of new colleges will also boost recruitment of teaching and non-teaching staff as per the sanctioned strength.
The Administrative Council further directed that the requirement of land for degree colleges being established in different districts shall be standardized by the Higher Education Department.
Moreover, approval was also given to the transfer of land measuring 04 Kanal (02 Kanal each) at village Pazipora and Chuntipora, in district Kupwara in favour of Health & Medical Education Department for establishment of two Ayush Health and Wellness Centers. The land will be transferred free of cost to the Higher Education Department.
The establishment of Ayush Health and Wellness Center will promote treatment under the Indian Medicine System (ISM) and provide various employment opportunities to the Ayush professionals of the area.
The AC also accorded administrative approval to various developmental works in different districts of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Administrative Council approved the the Construction of Anti Corruption Bureau Office, District Doda at village Kathori Patnitop, Udhampur at an estimated cost of Rs. 20.04 crore.
The project will further decentralize the functioning of the Anti Corruption Bureau towards achieving the goal of establishing a corruption-free society in Jammu and Kashmir by promoting accountability; raising awareness among the general public; and providing an easy access to authorities for lodging genuine corruption-related complaints against public servants in Government Offices.
The project will be completed in two years and will generate employment opportunities by new creation of posts for human resource requirement at the new office.
To streamline the construction of new office buildings in the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the Administrative Council directed constitution of a Building Screening Committee, comprising Administrative Secretaries of Finance, Home and General Administration departments to evaluate and clear all such proposals.
Further, the Administrative Council also approved the construction of office complex for Service Selection Board at Srinagar at an estimated amount of Rs.25.40 crore. The project will be completed in two years.
The project will provide adequate official accommodation to the Service Selection Board and will facilitate the functioning of the Board for timely recruitment of candidates for different posts referred by various government departments. The availability of a modern, spacious and well furnished office building for JKSSB at Srinagar will enable delivery of better quality services and allow easy public access to one of the key institutions of the Government.
Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, J&K and Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor attended the meeting.


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